Fifty years after her untimely death, Marilyn Monroe continues to attract attention as an ongoing focus of interest and controversy. In this brand-new book, film historian Cindy De La Hoz gives Marilyn's countless fans a dramatic biography, and supplements it with 20 rare and removable facsimile documents that mark important events in the actress's life. The biography begins with the birth of Norma Jeane Mortensen in 1926, then describes her unstable family background, her childhood spent in an orphanage and foster homes, her early career as a photographer's model, her 1946 contract with Twentieth Century-Fox, her rise to movie stardom, and her important films, including Some Like It Hot and The Misfits. Also described are Marilyn's several marriages, her emotional troubles, and her sudden, mysterious death on August 5, 1962. Among the facsimile documents included with the book are--
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"Beneath the makeup and behind the
smile I am just a girl who wishes for
the world." Marilyn Monroe
There isn't a more widely recognized actress of the twentieth century than Marilyn Monroe. She starred in several of the most popular films ever made, and almost fifty years after her death she is still voted the sexiest woman of all time and the greatest female star of her century.
Marilyn Monroe: The Personal Archives recounts the classic rags-to-riches tale of the child who was abandoned by her mother but then went on to become a sparkling Hollywood star. Marilyn Monroe was an exceptional woman who won countless hearts through her intelligence, her humor, her acting skills, and of course, through her beauty. This book follows her life's ups and downs, describing her three marriages, including those to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. It also reveals her experiences on the sets of celebrated films that include Some Like It Hot, How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch.
Beautifully illustrated with more than 170 stunning photographs, including some from legendary photographers André de Dienes and George Barris. Also featured are 20 items of facsimile memorabilia covering all aspects of Marilyn's life, such as:
Cindy De La Hoz is a film historian who has written extensively on cinema and legendary cinematic figures, including Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, and others.
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