Marilyn Monroe Worked Tirelessly to Become a Star; Film Star Comes Alive in a Richly Researched Biography; BIOGRAPHY - BOOKS
Williams, Joe, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Marilyn Monroe was Hollywood's archetypal dumb blonde. She was also one smart cookie.
That's the twist in Lois Banner's richly researched biography "Marilyn: the Passion and the Paradox."
The passion part is that Monroe worked tirelessly toward her goal: to become a movie star. Her name was Norma Jeane, but even her surname is the subject of debate. Her mother, Gladys Baker, was an independent woman from a Missouri family who moved to Los Angeles during the boom years of silent cinema and worked as a film editor. Her daughter, born in 1926, was given the last name Mortenson, after Gladys' estranged husband. Her real father was probably a polo player named Stan …
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Publication information: Article title: Marilyn Monroe Worked Tirelessly to Become a Star; Film Star Comes Alive in a Richly Researched Biography; BIOGRAPHY - BOOKS. Contributors: Williams, Joe - Author. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: July 22, 2012. Page number: D7. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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