Last week I wanted a juicy biography to get into and I definitely found it with this book.
I never had more than a mild interest in Marilyn Monroe. Our culture is just so over-saturated with her image that I guess that's why I never took an interest. I grew up with this autographed picture in our house from her, made out to my grandmother and namesake, Ramona. She had a restaurant in Reno that Marilyn had once visited. That's about as much as I knew of her other than the general consensus: she was known as a "dumb blonde," she liked to take pills, and she got married at S.F. City Hall. I don't think I had even watched one of her films all the way through.
|This is the same promotional picture given to my grandmother|
|with her mother Gladys, who outlived her by 22 years!|
|still Norma Jean|
|with Joe DiMaggio|
|at Frank Sinatra's house|
|near the end of her life, with poet, Carl Sandburg|
|Cecil Beaton photo|