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Even 45 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe fascinates young and older audiences. As Lee Strasberg wrote in his eulogy, "She had a luminous quality--a combination of wistfulness, radiance, yearning--that set her apart and yet made everyone wish to be part of it, to share in the childish naivete which was at once so shy and yet so vibrant." From her lonely childhood to the galaxy of celebrity, from the red-headed pinup girl to the blond actress, from Norma Jean to Marilyn, from Hollywood to the Actors Studio, from Joe DiMaggio to Arthur Miller, from Billy Wilder to Lee Strasberg, Jerome Charyn brilliantly tells the full story of this fascinating icon along with stunning photographs of Marilyn and documents about her life.
The last goddess, Marilyn Monroe, is an icon now, but was once a woman of darkness and light - sexy, dazzling, and funny, yet desperately and tragically alone. Jerome Charyn retraces the mysterious destiny of Norma Jeane Mortensen, the starlet whose metamorphosis into a sex bomb fascinated puritanical America during the 1950s. Thus Marilyn Monroe was born: Her extraordinary physical presence combined with an innate sense of comedy that would work wonders.|Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot witness to her unique talent as an actress and sultry singer. Yet Hollywood never gave her the roles she dreamed of. This goddess who was loved too little and too much at the same time was found dead at home during the night of August 4-5, 1962. She would be thirty-six years old - forever.|From a lonely childhood to the firmament of the stars, from brunette pinup to blonde actress, from Norma Jeane to Marilyn, from Hollywood to the Actors Studio, from Joe DiMaggio to Arthur Miller, from Billy Wilder to Lee Strasberg, from the spunky Lorelei to the desperate Roslyn Tabor - this book includes all the roles and every facet of Marilyn Monroe in 130 illustrations.