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My Story

Written at the height of her fame but not published until over a decade after her death, this autobiography of actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) poignantly recounts her childhood as an unwanted orphan, her early adolescence, her rise in the film industry from bit player to celebrity, and her marriage to Joe DiMaggio. In this intimate account of a very public life, she tells of her first (non-consensual) sexual experience, her romance with the Yankee Clipper, and her prescient vision of herself as "the kind of girl they found dead in the hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand." The Marilyn in these pages is a revelation: a gifted, intelligent, vulnerable woman who was far more complex than the unwitting sex siren she portrayed on screen. Lavishly illustrated with photos of Marilyn, this special book celebrates the life and career of an American icon--from the unique perspective of the icon herself.
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Marilyn Monroe was a film actress whose seductive screen presence shot her to stardom as a sex symbol. After she was mysteriously found dead of a drug overdose at the age of 36, the movie star became a beloved pop icon. Journalist, novelist, and Oscar-winning screenwriter of Underworld, Ben Hecht (1893-1964) assisted Marilyn in the creation of My Story.


Though now dead longer than she was alive, Monroe continues to captivate and hypnotize. Released in 1974, a dozen years after her apparent suicide, this book is attributed to Monroe, although she had help from her friend Oscar-winning screenwriter Ben Hecht. Monroe offers biographical material as well as dirt on fellow Hollywood stars. Best to take some of this with a grain of salt but good fun nonetheless. Monroe's legions of fans will keep this one circulating. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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