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In American popular culture, Marilyn Monroe(1926-1962) has evolved in stature from movie superstar to American icon. Monroe's own understanding of her place in the American imagination and her effort to perfect her talent as an actress are explored with great sensitivity in Carl Rollyson's engaging narrative. He shows how movies became crucial events in the shaping of Monroe's identity. He regards her enduring gifts as a creative artist, discussing how her smaller roles in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve established the context for her career, while in-depth chapters on her more important roles in Bus Stop, Some Like It Hot, and The Misfits provide the centerpiece of his examination of her life and career.

Through extensive interviews with many of Monroe's colleagues, close friends, and other biographers, and a careful rethinking of the literature written about her, Rollyson is able to describe her use of Method acting and her studies with Michael Chekhov and Lee Strasberg, head of the Actors' Studio in New York. The author also analyzes several of Monroe's own drawings, diary notes, and letters that have recently become available. With over thirty black and white photographs (some published for the first time), a new foreword, and a new afterword, this volume brings Rollyson's 1986 book up to date.

From this comprehensive, yet critically measured wealth of material, Rollyson offers a distinctive and insightful portrait of Marilyn Monroe, highlighted by new perspectives that depict the central importance of acting to the authentic aspects of her being.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Frontispiece, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Foreword: Discovering Marilyn Monroe
  2. pp. xiii-2
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  1. 1. Childhood (1926–38)
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. 2. Adolescence to Adulthood (1938–45)
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. 3. Early Career (1945–50)
  2. pp. 16-39
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  1. 4. Becoming a Star (1950–52)
  2. pp. 40-60
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  1. 5. Fame (1952–54)
  2. pp. 61-82
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  1. 6. Half-Life (April–November 1954)
  2. pp. 83-98
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  1. 7. Search for Self: The Method (November 1954–May 1956)
  2. pp. 99-132
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  1. 8. The Poet of Her Aspirations (December 1950–July 1956)
  2. pp. 133-141
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  1. 9. The Prince and the Showgirl (January–October 1956)
  2. pp. 142-155
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  1. 10. Home Life (October 1956–August 1958)
  2. pp. 156-171
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  1. 11. Impersonations/Repetitions (August 1958–June 1960)
  2. pp. 172-198
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  1. 12. The Film of Her Life (July 1960–January 1961)
  2. pp. 199-215
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  1. 13. The Lady of Shalott (December 1960–August 1962)
  2. pp. 216-238
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  1. Afterword: The Murder of Marilyn Monroe
  2. pp. 239-246
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. 247-263
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 264-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-275
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781626740358
Related ISBN
9781617039782
MARC Record
OCLC
890433096
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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