Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon

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She was the embodiment of ethereal beauty, a symbol of sexuality that inspired women and drove men to distraction. The unanswered questions in her life would propel the demons that hastened her death. Marilyn Monroe was haunted by the specter of mental illness, which ran its trauma through countless members of her extended family including her grandmother and mother.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Monroe would endure her life without a paternal influence. She would seek this father figure throughout many of her days. Monroe’s discovery by a modeling agency in 1945 would start the ball rolling on a budding career that would witness the apex of highs and the bottomless of lows. Her search for love and acceptance would be bookmarked by struggles in keeping her mental health in check.

Charles Casillo’s view of the blonde bombshell is not a rehash of the all too familiar, but a refreshing take on the complex and talented Monroe. The author has his work cut out with all the previous literature but has done the footwork and research to uncover more about the ill-fated starlet. Marilyn Monroe was multifaceted in talent and idiosyncrasies, but she still mystifies the reader. A+ bio.


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Author Charles Casillo
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publish Date 2018-Aug-14
ISBN 9781250096869
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Issue January 2019
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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