Marilyn - Gloria Steinem


By Author Gloria Steinem

  • Release Date: 2013-03-19
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Book Rating: 3.5/5
Based on 13 Reviews

Marilyn - Gloria Steinem Book Description

Gloria Steinem’s insightful and uniquely sensitive account of Hollywood’s brightest star from the Golden Age
Few books have altered the perception of a celebrity as much as Marilyn. Gloria Steinem reveals that behind the familiar sex symbol lay a tortured spirit with powerful charisma, intelligence, and complexity. The book delves into a topic many other writers have ignored—that of Norma Jeane, the young girl who grew up with an unstable mother, constant shuffling between foster homes, and abuse. Steinem evocatively recreates that world, connecting it to the fragile adult persona of Marilyn Monroe. Her compelling text draws on a long, private interview Monroe gave to photographer George Barris, part of an intended joint project begun during Monroe’s last summer. Steinem’s Marilyn also includes Barris’s extraordinary portraits of Monroe, taken just weeks before the star’s death.
Gloria Steinem (b. 1934) is an American feminist, activist, writer, and editor who has shaped debates on gender, politics, and art since the 1960s. Steinem was born in Toledo, Ohio. Cofounder of Ms. Magazine and a founding contributor of New York magazine, Steinem has also published numerous bestselling nonfiction titles. Through activism, lectures, constant traveling as an organizer, and appearances in the media over time, Steinem has worked to address inequalities based on sex, race, sexuality, class, and hierarchy. She lives in New York City. 

Book Reviews

  • Excellent beach read

    By Boo722
    I would definitely recommend this book to any Marilyn Monroe fan. It is beautifully written, and not tawdry in any way. It is a respectful, yet honest, book about Marilyn's life and rise to fame. Steinem does not address her death or the events surrounding it which I found refreshing since most other biographers focus on it rather than her, and who she really was. It is a simple quick read.