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BOOK REVIEW: Marilyn Monroe: A Day In The Life By April VeVea

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Marilyn Monroe: A Day In The Life By April VeVea
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (18 July 2016)
Language: English ISBN-10: 1523337877
ISBN-13: 978-1523337873

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great source for identifying specific important dates in Marilyn’s life, from childhood to her last day. What’s particularly interesting is that although it’s not a biography, you can at times get a feeling of the person she was with her spending habits and decisions she made in her career, as well as her health; It’s like a personal insight.

The book is meticulously researched with as much known evidence sourced from historic documents and personal papers that have been accumulated by April VeVea over time to form a chronological timeline of Marilyn’s schedules with a fascinating insight into her personal and professional relationships and business details and her day to day activities. April doesn’t form any conclusions or assumptions, but instead presents the documents as they are. I will find it useful for looking up dates and events and see what order they fall on.

There’s ten pages of pictures inside, all of which have come from private collections which help make it special.

BOOK REVIEW: Will Acting Spoil Marilyn Monroe? By Pete Martin

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Will Acting Spoil Marilyn Monroe? By Pete Martin (1956 Doubleday & Company, Inc.)

Marilyn’s last words to the press, in the person of LIFE magazine interviewer Richard Meryman, were a plea not to make her a joke. What strikes me is that even then, in what would be her last interview, she had to ask to be taken seriously. Although to those reading this it is nearly impossible to take her any other way, there are still thousands, hundreds of thousands, who continue to blithely write her off as a poster image of another era and certainly no one of true substance. These are the people who have not read anything about her life or character, who don’t realize that she now appears in history books as well as movie star bios, that nearly thirty years ago Gloria Steinem pointed to her as one of the first feminists and others have credited with a pivotal role in both the sexual revolution as well as the Women’s Movement. Over the past forty years Marilyn Monroe has surpassed her icon status; as to her talent, the verdict is now that not only could she act, she was one of the best actresses of her century. The sad part, as that request to Meryman reflects, is that not many realized it at the time.

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BOOK REVIEW: Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner

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Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (1 Aug. 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1408831333
ISBN-13: 978-1408831335

Marilyn Monroe is one of the most chronicled women of the modern age. In the fifty years since her death, she has been a muse to the literary set, and the subject of gossipy exposés. Perhaps what resonates most, though, is her radiant image – captured in a handful of classic movies, and thousands of still photos.

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BOOK REVIEW: Marilyn In The Flash by David Wills

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Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Dey Street Books (Oct 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006238970X
ISBN-13: 978-0062389701
“She had a light that belongs only to her. She had something very special. When you see a photo of Marilyn there is something that comes from her that belongs to her, but is beyond even her. It’s something that happens when the camera loves you that much.” So said Catherine Deneuve in a 2011 interview. Which is the perfect way to describe this beautiful new book, ‘Marilyn In The Flash’, by David Wills.

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BOOK REVIEW: Marilyn Monroe A Composite View by Edward Wagenknecht

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Marilyn Monroe A Composite View
Edited by Edward Wagenknecht
Publisher: Philadelphia Chilton Book Co (1969)
Language: English
This book was published seven years after Marilyn’s death and brings together a collection of works taken from magazines and biographies written by people who knew her that had been published in her lifetime and as tributes in the months and years after her death.

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