Marilyn: Norma Jeane

Marilyn Norma Jeane In this sensitive provocative portrait of Marilyn Monroe Gloria Steinem reveals the woman behind the myth the child Norma Jean and the forces in America that shaped her into the fantasy and icon tha

  • Title: Marilyn: Norma Jeane
  • Author: Gloria Steinem GeorgeBarris
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In this sensitive, provocative portrait of Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Steinem reveals the woman behind the myth the child Norma Jean and the forces in America that shaped her into the fantasy and icon that has never died 16 pages of full color photos.

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    1. I can't help but be fascinated with Marilyn Monroe. It is hard to find anything about her that isn't from the point of view of others or just complete speculation. This book was written around Marilyn Monroe own words taken from her last interview and from an unfinished autobiography she had started to write shortly before her death. There was still opinion and many wonders about MM, her life and habits, but the author never inserted her own conclusions. It was sad to hear the story of how a tal [...]

    2. My View:This was a very sad and poignant read – Steinem writes a very empathetic story about the life and death of this tortured and fragile individual and reveals more about Marilyn Munroe (stage name of Norma Jeane) than we are usually presented with, more than mere gloss, Hollywood hype and cheesecake photo shoots; Steinem reveals the ghosts of Norma Jeane’s past that so critically affect the adult Marilyn Munroe. Norma Jeane had a tragic and emotion deprived childhood – she grew up in [...]

    3. Rarely do I come across a book that allows itself to be read with such freedom from all cynicism, skepticism, irony, or struggle. In fact, I first came across this book when it first came out--when I was six years old--and my mother had it on her bookshelf in the living room. She caught me sitting behind an armchair, looking at the pictures. I remember being frightened by these late-era photographs of Marilyn: freckled and age-spotted, eyes half-mast, champagne in hand, bruised and heavily made- [...]

    4. amazingAmazing woman and well written biography by Steinem. She showed us all aspects of Marilyn's life, creating a full illustration of who she was as a woman and why she remains an icon. She asks the right questions and it is so intelligently written and articulated that I fell in love with Marilyn, being one who never had an interest in her before. I never disliked her, I simply had little opinion, despite being an obsessed fan of classic films and old Hollywood. Marilyn's complexity and wisd [...]

    5. I was born way after Marilyn passed away, and I've never been super into her mythos or legend. So, I saw this as an opportunity to try and understand all the stories that circled around her, her story itself and what she may have gone through. I wanted to understand why this woman had captivated people.I feel like this book gave me all that information and more. I now feel like I can see the pain in Marilyn's eye emanating from pictures. It was also very interesting to see her story through the [...]

    6. Beautiful collection of photos. I bought this book at one of my favorite bookstores, the Mesa Bookshop. The bookstore has since moved to Main Street in Mesa but I still go there often. One of the best places to find 1st editions and hard-bound editions in excellent condition. Anyway this book contains many photos of Marilyn from her early to mid thirties when she was at her most beautiful. I especially like the photos of her in her sherbet orange outfits. There is a very sad expression in her ey [...]

    7. Steinem's biography paints a Marilyn unknown to most of us today, a woman abandoned as a child who unsuccessfully tried to fill that emptiness as an adult. Throughout the book you find yourself wanting to wrap Monroe in your arms and tell her everything is going to be alright.

    8. 3.5. An interesting take on Marilyn Monroe's life by her close friend and a famous feminist. I can't say that I found out something that I haven't known before but nevertheless it was interesting to read.

    9. Very interesting read about feminist theory coupled with the psychological effects of childhood abandonment in one of America's most iconic popular cultural icons. And her daily struggle for acceptance and love.

    10. Gloria Steinem does what many other biographers have failed to do and broken down the myth of Marilyn, largely by tracking down and using Marilyn's own words. I finally feel like Marilyn was a real person.

    11. It's fitting that Gloria Steinem, who helped the world see women as the people they really are, should tackle the subject of Marilyn Monroe. Monroe was, and in some ways still is, the ultimate target for projected feelings about women. This book was published at about the same time as the more popular, but now discredited, biography by Norman Mailer. Mailer's work can serve as Exhibit A about the attitudes and beliefs that both made and broke Marilyn.I came to this book after reading Randy Tarab [...]

    12. There’s a chapter in this book entitled “The Woman Who Will Not Die”, an apt description of the myth and reality that encompasses Marilyn Monroe. It’s been a while since I’ve read a biography and I was wary especially of this one as Monroe has been subjected to much criticism, rumour and speculation over the years but gladly my trust in Steinem paid off and she wrote a beautiful book. Steinem delves deep into the past of Norma Jean and paints a picture of a vulnerable child like woman [...]

    13. ** I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**Many books have been written about Marilyn Monroe. What is it about this woman that till this day makes her a known household name? This book sheds light on some of the answers to that question. Although there are some parts of the books that start to sound like a psychology book, there are some interesting speculations throughout this book about who Marilyn really was. I really enjoyed the introduction of the book. S [...]

    14. My reviews (and those of some other awesome chicks) can be found at: chicksgetlit/I don’t generally read bios simply because I find them tough reads. Even if they’re about the most interesting people in the world -- well, yawn. Still, when this book about Marilyn Monroe popped up and I saw it was written by Gloria Steinem, well, maybe not so yawn. While I do think that people who just flat out hate Gloria Steinem will find reasons to dislike this book, most will actually find it a complete a [...]

    15. Biographies are always hard to rate and review, but I'll do my best. This was a bit different from any other biography I have read, and I can't decide if it was good or bad.Marilyn Monroe had a very interesting life, that I don't think 182 pages could do justice. Gloria Steinem focused a lot on the later part of Marilyn's life, only mentioning and referring to her past a few times. It read more like a summary of Marilyn's life with touches of conspiracy theories. I think this is what bothered me [...]

    16. I knew nothing about Marilyn Monroe prior to reading this book and I had a hard time believing it was real! Kindle books are pretty unreliable and if this hadn't been written by Gloria Steinem, I would've been so skeptical. I'm glad the first biography I picked up of her was written by a woman from what she describes about the existing work on Marilyn.Marilyn was just so interesting. How can all this be true? She was a communist! She just wanted to be taken seriously! She had relationships with [...]

    17. This is a very sympathetic biography of Marilyn Monroe, which focuses on her psychology and upbringing, reflecting most of her choices as products of both.Somewhat frustrating at times is the lack of detail, as well as some repetitiveness - Monroe is constantly presented almost as a dual personality, Norma Jeane vs Marilyn, and her upbringing is rehashed time and time again. Understandable, as one can easily imagine Monroe being divided in two by the persona she created and her base personality, [...]

    18. An excellent book about a beautiful and tragic woman. I knew some of her story, but had no idea that the trauma she went through was so extensive. My only quibble is the repeated claim that Marilyn had upwards of a dozen abortions. Steinem says herself that there's really no way to verify this claim, since of course there wouldn't be medical records of an illegal procedure. But she states it as more-or-less fact repeatedly, apparently ignoring the facts that if Marilyn truly had endometriosis, w [...]

    19. A great look at Marilyn Monroe written by feminist icon Gloria Steinem in 1986. It's a good feminist look at what MM had to go through in her career and her life. I always thought that Clara Bow was perhaps the actress with the most horrible and sad life, but I think Marilyn's life was at least as horrendous as Clara's. In both cases, it's sad that a beautiful woman who was a great actress was not taken seriously by Hollywood. Both women's lives are tragic. This book made me feel so much empathy [...]

    20. xoxoxoe/2012/06/s"Steinem presents Marilyn almost as a split personality, always haunted by her true self, Norma Jeane. It becomes a bit much after a while in Marilyn, but the glorious, natural-light photographs by George Barris help to show how the girl Norma Jeane who became the woman Marilyn Monroe endures. Marilyn was vulnerable, concerned with others, but also had an innate understanding of her own power:"As soon as I can afford an evening gown I bought the loudest one I could find. It was [...]

    21. You would think it a publisher's gimmick, Gloria Steinem writing a biography to accompany newly discovered photos of Marilyn Monroe. Steinem admits it's not a scholarly biography, but she thoroughly studied secondary sources, conducted more than twenty interviews, and had access to Monroe's unpublished autobiography. The result is engrossing and rewarding. The photos were all from one photographer over one or two sittings, and so to me were monotonous, but Steinem's biography was insightful, ori [...]

    22. I am re-reading some of Gloria Steinem's books because I just saw her on Oprah (April 2012). This is the most sympathetic of the biographies of Marilyn Monroe who really did have such a sad life. The book delves into the psychology of Norma Jeane (Steinem spells it with an e). Always searching for someone to love her because her parents did not. In 1986 when the book was written, Marilyn would have been in her 60s had she lived; however, she died a "36 year old women who felt she had no future." [...]

    23. A kind, compassionate, and forgiving biography of Marilyn Monroe and the little abandoned girl inside her that never grew up or found the family she ached for. I really enjoyed it; it broke my heart

    24. I was surprised that Gloria Steinem wrote a book about Marilyn Monroe, because I do not think of Marilyn as a feminist figure. This book gave me so many insights into Marilyn's personality and tragic upbringing. I really felt protective of her! Then I was amazed that she (both Marilyn and Steinem) could make me feel this way when I was just reading some text and not even interacting with her.Marilyn had such a sad life! Her words in her last interview were heartbreaking: "What I really want to s [...]

    25. I learned a lot about Marilyn Monroe from this book, and I found it really interesting and compelling. However, I didn't like the way Gloria Steinem wrote this biography. She dedicated this book to "the real Marilyn" but throughout the book she seemed to present a caricature of a person, a "vulnerable, child-like sex goddess." Monroe was referred as that so many times it threw me off and was kind of disgusting. Yes, I understand Steinem was attempting to draw a distinction between Marilyn Monroe [...]

    26. InsightfulMs. Steinem's take on the life of Marilyn Monroe is fresh and original. Her thoughts on where a sixty year old Monroe would be are especially interesting. No new information but highly different musings make this a must read for any Monroe can.

    27. Not the most interesting bookI’ve read many, many books on Marilyn Monroe/ Norma Jean Baker. This was one of the least informative books I’ve read. It was the same tired old information.

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