Icon: The Life, Times, and Films of Marilyn Monroe Volume 1 1926 to 1956 (Hardback) (Anglais) Relié – 6 mars 2014
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I considered a whole slew of adjectives to describe Gary’s tome. Then I realized I only need to use one: superlative. The universe of Marilyn literature is vast and the number of biographies written about her is staggering. I haven’t read them all; but I have read more than a few and a few of those I’ve read more than once. Icon surpasses them all.
It's obvious that Gary assiduously researched Marilyn's life. The level of detail is such that Gary provides not only an accounting of the when the where and the how, he also creates what amounts to a Technicolor movie of an indelible woman. He describes the fabrics used to create her stylish gowns, the shoes and jewelry she wore; he even dedicates a few words to the undergarments she agreed to wear after her marriage to Joe DiMaggio, when she tried to be less provocative for Mr. 56. Your imagination will take over as you read and with little or no effort, you will see her unforgettable face, hear her unforgettable voice and her unforgettable laugh, smell the Chanel No. 5 she always wore, whether awake or asleep. Within the leaves of "Icon", Marilyn walks among us once again, vividly.
But more important perhaps than anything else, Gary eschews the lurid sensationalism that afflicts many “biographies” written "about" Marilyn, perhaps the most maligned and defamed female celebrity of all time. While he does not avoid the truth about the childhood Norma endured or how the impact of her traumatic experiences shaped the woman Norma became, his voice is always compassionate, never accusatory or judgmental. Also, by allowing the voices of many persons who knew or encountered Marilyn to be heard through quotations and touching anecdotes, Gary clearly reveals Marilyn’s humanity and kindness, her concern for the disadvantaged and the marginalized, her love for animals and her wonderful sense of humor.
The length of Volume 1 is intimidating but well worth the effort, even for a casual Marilyn fan. The languid cadence of Gary’s prose makes it easy to read and Marilyn’s story, her life, her triumphs and her failures, as Gary vividly recounts them, are so compelling that I found it difficult to put the book down. As far as the printing errors reported by some reviewers are concerned, they are minor and do not alter my opinion of Gary’s accomplishment one bit—superlative.
I can hardly wait for Volume 2.
Books dedicated to the "truth" behind her death-was it murder, a Kennedy connection cover up, etc. Put those books down and pick up this one. You want to read about how a young girl with an unfortunate childhood made her way to becoming the enduring personality she continues to be is in this book. No frills, no innuendos.
Mr. Vitacco-Robles has exhaustively researched materials, biographies, studio records, her personal documents and interviewed many credible individuals to come up with the definitive book about Marilyn. With his mental health counseling/services experience, he offers a view from a professional psychological standpoint regarding her actions and choices once she was an adult and an established star. I can't think of any other author that approached her life from this crucial angle. His insights offer a better understanding of why Marilyn was the way she was. And she was something spectacular. This first volume delves deeper into her early childhood and its role in shaping her. Her first marriage at 16, her discovery at a factory that led to being a high in demand model which showed her the way to her passion. This volume addresses her early professional disappointments factually and also offers keen insights into how seriously Marilyn took her craft.
There is also personal stories of her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and the turmoil there.
Mr. Vitaccio-Robles includes a highly detailed synopsis of each off her films up to 1956 and there are quite a few facts that are new to me and I'm sure will be new to even the most seasoned of Marilyn biography readers.
Volume One finishes at 1956 when she was on the cusp of being a true groundbreaker-the second actress in all of Hollywood history up until that time who started and ran her own production company.
This first volume is 600+ pages and it is fascinating the whole way through. If you're a long time fan of Marilyn, this book will provide you a fresh perspective in a way you were not expecting. She was a woman who loved to cook, garden and decorate her homes. She was spectacular but she was a real woman, too. This book lets you see her humanity. Read it!!