Marilyn Monroe by Carl E. Rollyson Jr.

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In American popular culture Marilyn Monroe has evolved in stature from Hollywood sex symbol to tragic legend. Most books about Monroe stress the sensational events that surrounded her-this book is the first to deal honestly and critically with Monroe as an actress, evaluating her moves as crucial forces in the shaping of her identity. Through careful examination of her performances, from her small appearances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve to her memorable roles in Bus Stop, Some Like It Hot, and the The Misfits, the author traces her development from cover girl innocent to an actress devoted to her craft. Based on extensive interviews with many of Monroe's colleagues, close friends, and mentors, this comprehensive, critically balanced study describes her use of Method acting as well as her instruction with Michael Chekhov and, later, the Strasbergs. Carl Rollyson has written a refreshing analysis and appreciation of Marilyn Monroe's enduring and, until now, underestimated gifts as a creative artist.

About Carl E. Rollyson Jr.

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Carl E. Rollyson, Jr. teaches filme and literature at Baruch College and is the author of many acclaimed biographies of female artists including Lillian Hellman and Rebecca West.
Published October 1, 1987 by Souvenir Press Ltd. 255 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Her abandonment issues, her stints in therapy, her difficulties in the romance department, her overfondness for cocktails, her midlife crisis, her fears that those around her didn’t really love or appreciate her.

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Eddie does a fine job making Colin believable in his insurmountable task of making Marilyn happy while she’s making a film in England.

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