Zolotow’s Marilyn: Past Imperfect

Larry Barbier, 1951

The latest extract from Maurice Zolotow’s 1960 biography covers Marilyn’s life and career in 1951 and early ’52. While her career was soaring, Marilyn endured further public scrutiny when it was revealed that she was not an orphan, and that her mother was an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital.

Marilyn in ‘Marie-Claire’

“In a post-war era when actresses had little power, she would fight studio heads to control her image and film roles, winning adoring fans and a legion of men along the way … She was a woman who veered between paranoia and power, innocence and bold sexuality; a woman whose life involved extraordinary triumphs and dark episodes…”

Louise Millar’s article, published in the December 2010 issue of Marie-Claire (UK edition) is based on the new Cindy De La Hoz book, Marilyn Monroe: The Personal Archives.

Thanks to ‘Not a Machine’