MM--personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe, Hardback Book

MM--personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe Hardback

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Marilyn Monroe is the most famous, ubiquitous, and idolized woman of our modern age.

An icon of physical beauty, sexuality, and the quintessentially American dream, Marilyn's legend continues to grow four decades after her death.

MM:Personal is a new and illuminating look behind the veil of that legend, reproducing artifacts and documents - thought to have been lost since 1962 and never before revealed to the public - to clarify, qualify, or reverse many common conceptions about the blond bombshell.A" Selected from more than 10,000 largely unseen and heretofore unpublished items that were stored in Marilyn's two personal file cabinets - the Rosetta Stones of Marilyn Monroe scholarship - the collection also draws from the important collections of Greg Schreiner and Scott Fortner.

These documents, snapshots, letters, memorabilia, and ephemera are joined by the first account of Monroe's life since Gloria Steinem's Marilyn to be written by a feminist historian, bringing a depth of understanding previously unavailable to her life. New answers come to light, such as what the dimensions were of Marilyn's personal management of her public persona, Marilyn's relationship to the photographers with whom she worked, how sensitive she was to her fans, and the tenor of her marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller.

MM:Personal promises to completely refocus how we view Marilyn's private life, personal relationships, and legacy.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 310 color photographs
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9780810995871



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Short but indepth look at Marilyn Monroe's life. The photos of bills, receipts and letters, among other items, give for a very personal and 'real' look into the life of a true modern icon. Banner's reserach seems solid and her writing style is very good, showing she did a lot of good research. Absolutely worth a read if you want a sense of the woman without reading a complete biography.

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I like most biographies of Marilyn and I've read several over the years. This one is very different, it is more a photo biography than a written one. The problem I had with it was the huge build-up in the beginning about how it would reveal so many new things about Marilyn. It didn't, I'd either read about it or heard about it before. <br/><br/>So, although I enjoyed the pictures (many I hadn't seen before), the rest was just blah.

Also by Lois W. Banner