By Marilyn Monroe

ISBN-10: 0374158355

ISBN-13: 9780374158354

Fragments is an event—an unforgettable publication that would redefine one of many maximum icons of the 20th century and that, approximately fifty years after her dying, will definitively show Marilyn Monroe’s humanity.

Marilyn’s snapshot is so common that we can’t support yet think we all know all there's to grasp of her. each be aware and gesture made headlines and garnered controversy. Her severe presents as an actor have been occasionally eclipsed through her notoriety—and incidentally the digicam fell helplessly in love with her.

Beyond the headlines—and the too-familiar tales of heartbreak and desolation—was a lady way more curious, looking, witty, and hopeful than the single the realm obtained to grasp. Now, for the 1st time, readers can meet the personal Marilyn and comprehend her in a fashion we by no means have prior to. Fragments is an unheard of selection of written artifacts—notes to herself, letters, even poems—in Marilyn’s personal handwriting, by no means ahead of released, in addition to hardly ever noticeable intimate photos.

Jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on lodge letterhead, those texts exhibit a lady who enjoyed deeply and strove to ideal her craft. They express a Marilyn Monroe unsparing in her research of her personal lifestyles, but additionally playful, humorous, and impossibly captivating. the straightforward grace and misleading lightness that made her performances indelible emerge at the web page, as does the simmering tragedy that made her final appearances so affecting.

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Sit down. ” On screen she appeared palpable, kinetic, “all fire” one witness to the test exclaims. Yet what to make of “Marilyn Monroe” seemed to puzzle both the actress and her studio. In fact, she would not legally change her name for another ten years. Publicity shots of the period 1946–48 reveal nothing about her intense desire to act or about what kinds of roles might suit her. The arbitrariness of the shots is most striking. Monroe is there to make the poses, fulfill the assignments in a makeup session, in a series of yogalike exercises, in skimpy bathing suits, in low-cut evening gowns, in a potato sack, in a babysitting sequence, in an acting lesson, in tights, in sultry poses, night gowns and tee shirts, and playing baseball.

Hyde’s son remembers her at his father’s funeral, where she was overcome with grief, throwing herself on the coffin. She shook everyone, screaming Hyde’s name over and over again. Monroe grieved for him as if for herself. Grief did not prevent Monroe from doing her work, although on the set of her next film, As Young as You Feel, she would weep and disappear from the set, according to her director, Harmon Jones. Just two weeks after Hyde’s death, Elia Kazan’s visit bolstered her. This Group Theatre veteran of the 1930s, an acclaimed film and theater director of the 1940s, liked her unpretentious wit, her reliance on his advice, and her sexual attention.

No wonder she repeatedly drove past the theater featuring her film, for it was like watching the announcement of her new identity—an announcement even more exciting than the fifty-foot tall skirt flying likeness of herself, an advertisement for The Seven Year Itch, that later appeared on the front of the State Theatre Building in New York City. With no more than this token of success in hand, she was forced into other work after the expiration of her Columbia contract on September 8, 1948. ” No one at Columbia pictured her potential, he told interviewer John Kobal.

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