MARILYN IN MANHATTAN: Her Year of Joy


MARILYN IN MANHATTAN: Her Year of Joy

ELIZABETH WINDER    Book Number: 87858    Product format: Paperback

In 1954, Marilyn Monroe left Hollywood behind and along with it a failed marriage and a frustrating career. She needed a break from the scrutiny and insanity of Los Angeles. She needed Manhattan. In New York, the most famous woman in the world could wander the streets unbothered and spend hours at the Met getting lost in art, and afternoons buried in the miles of book stacks at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway (owned by Fred Bass, a former owner of Bibliophile no less). Marilyn dates Arthur Miller, dances with Truman Capote, and drinks with Carson McCullers. There is liquor, literati, and Lee Strasberg, and even though she has never lived there before, Marilyn is home in New York. The iconic blonde bombshell is not only happy but successful. She takes classes with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio, befriends the greatest actors and writers of her day, and most importantly she breaks her contract with Fox Studios to form her own production company. This groundbreaking move made her the highest paid actress in history and revolutionised the entertainment industry. Here is a Marilyn we've seldom seen before - independent, introspective, curious and seductive in this beautifully written and rare glimpse into the life of this complicated and brave woman whose keen intelligence and ambition has largely been overshadowed by her beauty. Superbly detailed, particularly on clothing, with cast of characters like Shelley Winters who was Marilyn's classmate in 1955, Elsa Maxwell gossip columnist and friend, Edward R. Murrow prize-winning journalist and the Monroe Six, (six teenage friends), and friends Terrance Rattigan, Laurence Olivier and Cecil Beaton among them. We end by quoting from page 271: "According to Marilyn's housemaid, Eunice, leaving New York was her fatal mistake. Had she stayed in Manhattan, Eunice repeatedly claimed, Marilyn would have lived. Away from New York's creative cocoon, Marilyn's confidence withered. Her East Coast friends never deserted her. The Rostens and Shaws sent her postcards and presents, calling her weekly or daily, nurturing her to the end. But Marilyn needed more. Beset by gallstones, sinus infections, insomnia, and worsening endometriosis, Marilyn's dependency on barbiturates and painkillers soared. She fell in with a deluded, celeb-obsessed shrink who pushed even mor pills and kept her dependent." 284pp in softback. Photos.
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ISBN 9781250064981
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