This was just not done in the late 1940s. But once we started getting into her movie career, it was the same old stuff that is rehashed everywhere. And they were in end of the year 1953 edition of Playboy. In addition to her books on Monroe, Banner is a major collector of her artifacts. Banner has also gotten new details about Marilyn's childhood, abuse, and all of her other personal tragedies.
Bobby Kennedy in the living room with an enema? And she was putting varnish on training planes in an aircraft plant. She loved them all, however improbable the plots or poor the acting. Excellent ideas but very poorly edited book that repeats information and is rife with misspellings, which unfortunately detracts from the strength of the research work. The experiences of abuse had a tragic impact on Norma Jeane. He was not easy either. If there were a way for me to give this book negative stars, I would do so.
And that's when their affair really takes off at that point in time. And when I write biographies, I look at the individual in terms of the times in which they lived and I try to understand their relationship to those times and their impact on the times. These revelations and suppositions might make the headlines in a small town on a slow day, but are they enough to justify returning once again to the best known Hollywood story of the 20th century? Meanwhile, she was sexually abused by men in several of her foster families. One writer on Hollywood I read that I trusted said it was steeped in sexuality. And she'd really picked that up from them. Many claim to be the definitive book on Marilyn, with interviews of friends who previously kept quiet, shocking secrets, and previously unpublished photos. I went into this biography expecting to read something new and fresh to the world's enormous collection of books about the myth and realities of Marilyn Monroe.
All in all, it was a richly satisfying biography, and I felt more connected to the true Marilyn at the end, making me wish even more strongly that she was still alive today. How do we know that? In addition to her books on Monroe, Banner is a major collector of her artifacts. It begins typical of many other biographies covering Monroe, charting her family history back to the 19th century and what little information there is available on her maternal grandmothers side. And there were points at which they were hardly speaking, and other points at which they were very friendly. The author gives both the official account published, and picks upon the various theories by other writers documented throughout the years. Instead of the damaged waif of legend, Banner gives us a powerful portrait of a savvy self-publicist who worked tirelessly to ensure her trajectory from glamour model to screen goddess.
Her marriages suggest a powerful need for male affirmation; her first husband was a high-school athlete, her second the sporting hero Joe DiMaggio, and her third Miller the country's pre-eminent intellectual. What needs to be done to write something new? New information brings to new ideas. She was vulnerable to rejection on other grounds. You will also learn a good deal about the impact of Christian Science on the young Marilyn Monroe. I really liked parts of this book such as her raise to stardom, her marriages, her addictions, her mental illness- all of which are examined outside of the male glance. Hefner was very, very clever.
I appreciate that the author is choosing to display her work from a particular aspect; however her growing dependence on how Monroe's sexuality impacted on her actions is troubling. For sure, before they wrote their most popular novels, books, magazines, artists tried themselves in lots places. But for the rest it is simply — they do not know what to do else. I've written a lot of biographies. But on his deathbed, he told someone that, in fact, the reason he had been unwilling to see her was because he didn't want his second wife to know that he had an illegitimate child. It is not an academic let alone a feminist look at Monroe's life. There's just too many who have testified this and also testified to the Kennedy shenanigans at the Peter Lawford house.
The author, Lois Banner, takes a feminist approach and treats the material like a slice of women's history that is in need of understanding. Marilyn always said she felt that her lesbian inclinations were natural and that it was something in her that was simply there, that she responded to. Banner purposely chose not to organize the photos chronologically. At first she didn't like him. And they didn't want to pay her much money. They declared it a suicide on the basis of a partial report. Sure, I've seen some old movies with her in it and I've heard about a conspiracy theory surrounding her death.
Monroe means something to a great number of people, but what that might be isn't so easy to define. There were those who thought she could still become a fine stage actress. Banner is frequently redundant in her sharing of nuts and bolts type information. You see, her mother had been beaten by the first husband, not Marilyn's father. She met him in Hollywood when he was visiting with Elia Kazan who was his best friend.
And he was nervous because there was some fear that, you know, the moral censors might come after him and he might wind up in jail, but nobody did. And he also was a violent man. Sometimes he would intervene to the point where he would rewrite scripts. And she almost indicated a lesbian panic to her last psychiatrist. She articulates why she is conducting the biography, and from what perspective she intends to make her research known. In Marilyn's day, they believed inevitably that it was passed down to the children and they also believed it was almost inevitably degenerative.