“Marilyn Monroe’s great achievement has been the making of herself and the imposition of her will and her dream upon a whole world. Joseph Conrad wrote that when we are born we fall into a dream. Norma Jeane Mortenson, called Norma Jean Baker, fell into the most extravagant of dreams. She made it come true. She made it come true by making herself. She made herself beautiful. She made herself an artist. She triumphed in that arena where the loveliest women in the world contend fiercely for the prizes.
In one sense, then, her life is completed, because her spirit is formed and has achieved itself. No matter what unpredictable events may lie in her future, they cannot change what she is and what she has become. And there will be many surprises and alterations in her life ahead; there will be, in Hart Crane’s phrase, ‘new thresholds, new anatomies’.
In her heart is a questing fever that will give her no peace, that drives her on ‘to strive, to seek, to find,’ and then to strive and seek again. Her soul was always be restless, unquiet.”
Zolotow’s biography, considered a definitive early work on Monroe, was reissued in 1990 with a further chapter on The Misfits, and an intriguing prologue where Zolotow describes his first meeting with the actress, at a Hollywood party in 1952, when she was still on the cusp of stardom. They would meet again ten years later, at the Actor’s Studio in New York, after Zolotow’s book was published.
These latest extracts from Maurice Zolotow’s biography, serialised in the Los Angeles Daily Mirrorin 1960, focus on Marilyn’s 1956 marriage to Arthur Miller, and the making of The Prince and the Showgirl and Some Like It Hot.
These latest extracts from Zolotow’s 1960 biography, first published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror, recounts Marilyn’s split from husband Joe DiMaggio, and her decision to leave Hollywood; her business partnership with photographer Milton Greene and her personal relationship with his wife, Amy (Marilyn stayed at their Connecticut home in the winter of 1954-55, before moving to New York.)
These latest extracts from Maurice Zolotow’s 1960 biography, first published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror, reveal how Marilyn’s 1954 marriage to Joe DiMaggio was overshadowed by her burgeoning career.
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 Gladys an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital.
The latest extract from Maurice Zolotow’s biography, first published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror on this day in 1960, covers the filming of Clash by Night (1952) and the scandal of Marilyn’s nude calendar. (Click on the image below to enlarge.)
This latest extract from Maurice Zolotow’s Marilyn Monroe: The Uncensored Biography, first published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror on November 28, 1960, covers Marilyn’s rocky road to fame and her complex relationship with Darryl F. Zanuck, head of Twentieth Century Fox.
These extracts from Maurice Zolotow’s Marilyn Monroe: The Uncensored Biography, first published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror on November 25-26, explore Marilyn’s relationship with agent Johnny Hyde, and her breakthrough role in The Asphalt Jungle (1950.)