Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress by Carl E. Rollyson Jr.

By Carl E. Rollyson Jr.

In American pop culture Marilyn Monroe has advanced in stature from Hollywood intercourse image to tragic legend. such a lot books approximately Monroe tension the sensational occasions that surrounded her-this publication is the 1st to deal in truth and severely with Monroe as an actress, comparing her strikes as an important forces within the shaping of her identification. via cautious exam of her performances, from her small appearances within the Asphalt Jungle and All approximately Eve to her memorable roles in Bus cease, a few love it sizzling, and the The Misfits, the writer strains her improvement from disguise lady blameless to an actress dedicated to her craft. in keeping with vast interviews with lots of Monroe's colleagues, shut buddies, and mentors, this finished, seriously balanced research describes her use of strategy performing in addition to her guide with Michael Chekhov and, later, the Strasbergs. Carl Rollyson has written a fresh research and appreciation of Marilyn Monroe's enduring and, in the past, underestimated presents as an artistic artist.

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I tried . . ” Considering what? Considering that she did lie for him, that she was loyal to him for at least a few moments under intense police pressure? She did pretty well considering the kind of amoral, conniving creature she is? Such questions seem appropriate, given that she immediately asks him if she will still be able to go on the trip he has promised her. She knows he e a r l y c a r e e r 28 The Asphalt Jungle (1950) will be going to jail, but she thinks only of herself. His answer, “(shaking his head) ‘Some sweet kid,’” ironically exposes just how self-preoccupied she is in pursuit of her happiness.

Editing eliminated her close-ups, and she survives only in a long shot in which her face is undistinguishe a r l y c a r e e r 18 able. Rose Steinberg Wapner, a script assistant on several of Monroe’s films, beginning with Scudda Hoo! , remembered a Monroe sweetly and innocently committed to dreams of stardom. ” she asked Wapner, as the two of them traveled by car to a movie set. At twenty-one, this starlet did not seem anything like a stunning, provocative female personality. Instead, she was like “many girls,” Wapner remarked, eager to fit herself into the proportions of stardom.

Nunnally Johnson, who would later write parts for Monroe, saw her as one of the “eager young hustlers” of Hollywood. She was “Johnny Hyde’s girl,” not worth talking about outside Hyde’s presence. Natasha Lytess, speaking in rancor after Monroe rejected her, claims in her memoirs that her pupil found Hyde an “expedient” tool in her rise to stardom. ” On others, Monroe made little impression. Celeste Holm, one of the stars of All About Eve, recalls that she “saw nothing special about [Monroe’s] Betty Boop quality.

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