ICON: THE LIFE, TIMES, AND FILMS OF MARILYN MONROE, VOLUME 2: 1956 TO 1962 & BEYOND (paperback)
Goddess... Legend... Icon...
You thought you knew her... but never like this.
Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) survived a childhood marked by abuse, neglect, and chaos to become a psychological, cultural, and spiritual phenomenon of the Twentieth Century. Her remarkable life, brilliant film career, and posthumous legend have been deconstructed in over 600 biographies.
Psychotherapist & author Gary Vitacco-Robles reframes and redefines the fascinating woman behind the iconic image through an analysis of her psyche and an appreciation of her film and stage performances in Volume 2 of this definitive biography. After a decade of meticulous research, Vitacco-Robles offers a treasure trove of facts comprehensively documenting each year of Monroe's inspiring life within the context of her tumultuous times, and through her relationships with literary, entertainment, and political figures.
Monroe is resurrected a half-century after her tragic death in this detailed and sensitive biography that intelligently explores her passionate desires: to be loved, become a serious actress, and have a family.
Volume 2 examines the last six years of Marilyn’s life and her impact on our culture in the five decades following her early tragic death. Its pages provide a deeper understanding of this remarkable woman and the lasting impression she left behind.
Based upon interviews, diaries, and personal files—void of sensationalism—Icon: The Life, Times, & Films of Marilyn Monroe Vol. 2 dispels many myths and reveals the ultimate truth about Hollywood's most charismatic, beloved, and enduring star.
"The culmination of a decade of research, Gary Vitacco-Robles’s two volume biography of Marilyn Monroe is meticulously researched, extremely detailed and refresh-ingly non-sensationalist. Volume I covers her life from birth to her marriage to Arthur Miller, with Volume II picking up the tale, stretching beyond her sad demise to the lasting impact of her short life, what happened to those she left behind, murder conspiracies, and much more."
- Mad About Marilyn
"The book covers so much of Monroe’s life and in such detail it would be pointless to zero in on any particular chapter/era. Suffice to say the author uses only the best, most reliable sources. I would note, however, that his chapters on the controversial filming of “Some Like It Hot” and the examination of her death are especially interesting."
-- Liz Smith