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Marilyn Monroe She vigorously played the dumb-blonde stereotype in her movie roles, but there is nothing at all dumb about Marilyn Monroe. Born to a single mother who suffered from severe mental illness, the odds were stacked against the girl originally named Norma Jeane from the very beginning. She became a ward of the state and bounced around from foster home to foster h Marilyn Monroe She vigorously played the dumb-blonde stereotype in her movie roles, but there is nothing at all dumb about Marilyn Monroe. Born to a single mother who suffered from severe mental illness, the odds were stacked against the girl originally named Norma Jeane from the very beginning. She became a ward of the state and bounced around from foster home to foster home. The fact that she rose from such impoverished beginnings to become one of the top-billed acts in Hollywood speaks for itself. Inside you will read about... - From Foster Child to Movie Star - The Scene with the White Dress - Marilyn the Jew - Diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia - Marilyn's First Overdose - The Presidential Affair - Locked in the Psych Ward And much more! Discover the life and legend that is Marilyn Monroe.


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Marilyn Monroe She vigorously played the dumb-blonde stereotype in her movie roles, but there is nothing at all dumb about Marilyn Monroe. Born to a single mother who suffered from severe mental illness, the odds were stacked against the girl originally named Norma Jeane from the very beginning. She became a ward of the state and bounced around from foster home to foster h Marilyn Monroe She vigorously played the dumb-blonde stereotype in her movie roles, but there is nothing at all dumb about Marilyn Monroe. Born to a single mother who suffered from severe mental illness, the odds were stacked against the girl originally named Norma Jeane from the very beginning. She became a ward of the state and bounced around from foster home to foster home. The fact that she rose from such impoverished beginnings to become one of the top-billed acts in Hollywood speaks for itself. Inside you will read about... - From Foster Child to Movie Star - The Scene with the White Dress - Marilyn the Jew - Diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia - Marilyn's First Overdose - The Presidential Affair - Locked in the Psych Ward And much more! Discover the life and legend that is Marilyn Monroe.

30 review for Marilyn Monroe: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    A sad and beautiful person I have always thought of her as someone special and I have purses and posters of her all my life. This short book gives some basic information about her. It is a good place to start if you don't know much about her. What is lacking is pictures. A sad and beautiful person I have always thought of her as someone special and I have purses and posters of her all my life. This short book gives some basic information about her. It is a good place to start if you don't know much about her. What is lacking is pictures.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Give the girl the right shoes and she will conquer the world. Oh Marilyn Munroe, probably the most repeated quotes of all time are from this woman. This is a really short summary of her life, at 46 pages it's a real quick read focussing on her mother, her childhood, her marriages, the movies, the depression. As a brief insight into this ironic woman it has certainly left me wanting more. Give the girl the right shoes and she will conquer the world. Oh Marilyn Munroe, probably the most repeated quotes of all time are from this woman. This is a really short summary of her life, at 46 pages it's a real quick read focussing on her mother, her childhood, her marriages, the movies, the depression. As a brief insight into this ironic woman it has certainly left me wanting more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    An incredibly brief and overall sad history of Marilyn Monroe. I have no knowledge of the actress except her most famous looks, that white dress and Happy Birthday. With no references or sources for the quotes and summations I’m not taking any of the speculation seriously.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rubin Carpenter

    A great summary of the life of the Iconic star A good read

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joyce Job

    There's something about the tone of the book that I couldn't appreciate. In some instances, it made me wonder if the narrator was misogynistic or at least judging the actress for her life choices(especially the ending lines of a few chapters). I thought biographies were supposed to give us an impartial view of the person's life. There's something about the tone of the book that I couldn't appreciate. In some instances, it made me wonder if the narrator was misogynistic or at least judging the actress for her life choices(especially the ending lines of a few chapters). I thought biographies were supposed to give us an impartial view of the person's life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anitha Ponraj

    Marilyn Monroe: A Life From Beginning to End Hourly History "Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she'll conquer the world." ✨ The iconic actress know for her blonde hair and red lipstick and the legendary skirt up in the air pose are the ones that comes to our mind when we think about the name Marilyn Monroe and that's the extent of my knowledge about her, before I came across this book on kindle. The book is a really concise account of the life of the Foster child Norma Jeane becoming the famo Marilyn Monroe: A Life From Beginning to End Hourly History "Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she'll conquer the world." ✨ The iconic actress know for her blonde hair and red lipstick and the legendary skirt up in the air pose are the ones that comes to our mind when we think about the name Marilyn Monroe and that's the extent of my knowledge about her, before I came across this book on kindle. The book is a really concise account of the life of the Foster child Norma Jeane becoming the famous Marilyn Monroe. Her childhood,relationships, career, addiction, mental health issues, death. So short and melancholic just like her life. She is one troubled soul but not caring about all scandalous image around her and still managed to live unapologetically as herself in a time when it is not so easy and her death is as enigmatic as her. One thing that I feel about all celebrities in common is sympathy. They don't even have an ounce of the so called privacy and everything about them is judged, dissected and commented on whether they like it or not. My another favourite quote of her, "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." ✨

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna {Follow me for reviews! (✿◡‿◡)}

    I found Marilyn's biography to honestly be pretty sad. Her biological mother couldn't take care of Marilyn because of her mental health. When she was young she was passed between a few family friends because she was a lot to handle and she was married off at 16. But even that was sad because her husband went away to war and she never got to have children with him. Then throughout her life she was mixed up with what she should do when her money was tight and she struggled there. She was rejected I found Marilyn's biography to honestly be pretty sad. Her biological mother couldn't take care of Marilyn because of her mental health. When she was young she was passed between a few family friends because she was a lot to handle and she was married off at 16. But even that was sad because her husband went away to war and she never got to have children with him. Then throughout her life she was mixed up with what she should do when her money was tight and she struggled there. She was rejected quite a few times from being in movie shows and she had affairs with everyone left, right, and center. It just seemed like her life was rejection after rejection. In the end it led to a downward spiral of drug and alcohol abuse until finally she was found dead. I don't know a lot about Marilyn Monroe but it seemed like a depressing life, unable to find true happiness or contentment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Helen Robare

    I'm glad I got this book free from Amazon because if I had to pay for it, it would not be worth the price. This book was more of a synopsis of Marilyn's life rather than a biography. If you didn't know much about Marilyn and her life, this would be the perfect book to start with as it reads quite easy and doesn't get too involved. I can almost guarantee that after you read this book, you will want to go on and read meatier biographies of Marilyn. I gave this book four stars because, for a beginn I'm glad I got this book free from Amazon because if I had to pay for it, it would not be worth the price. This book was more of a synopsis of Marilyn's life rather than a biography. If you didn't know much about Marilyn and her life, this would be the perfect book to start with as it reads quite easy and doesn't get too involved. I can almost guarantee that after you read this book, you will want to go on and read meatier biographies of Marilyn. I gave this book four stars because, for a beginner reader about Marilyn Monroe, it's perfect. I, however, have read several novels/biographies on the actress's life so for me this book was lacking a lot of information but for the beginner just learning about the actress's life, it's a perfect introduction and a great place to start.

  9. 5 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    Marilyn Monroe continues to intrigue us. She was born to a mother who was institutionalized for schizophrenia and raised in foster homes. She always felt rejected. She became a model and actress and married several times. She became addicted to alcohol and pills and struggled with insecurity and her own mental health issues, possibly also schizophrenic or bipolar. She died too young of an overdose. It will never be known if it was intentional or accidental. This short 48-page book has some error Marilyn Monroe continues to intrigue us. She was born to a mother who was institutionalized for schizophrenia and raised in foster homes. She always felt rejected. She became a model and actress and married several times. She became addicted to alcohol and pills and struggled with insecurity and her own mental health issues, possibly also schizophrenic or bipolar. She died too young of an overdose. It will never be known if it was intentional or accidental. This short 48-page book has some errors but is an interesting overview of her life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Sometimes circumstances lift people higher than their wildest expectations, and as the old sayings go, everything that goes up must come down and the higher you go, the harder you fall. These two axioms seem tailor-made for the blond bombshell known to the world as Marilyn Monroe. Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. The drama that would become her life began almost from birth. Feeling unprepared and unable to care for a child, her mother, Gladys, gave her up to a foster Sometimes circumstances lift people higher than their wildest expectations, and as the old sayings go, everything that goes up must come down and the higher you go, the harder you fall. These two axioms seem tailor-made for the blond bombshell known to the world as Marilyn Monroe. Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. The drama that would become her life began almost from birth. Feeling unprepared and unable to care for a child, her mother, Gladys, gave her up to a foster family. Albert and Ida Bolender raised Norma Jeane for the first seven years of her life. A return to her mother’s care wasn’t a success and didn’t last long. Her mother was institutionalized, and Norma Jeane entered the state institution system. Being a difficult child, it was decided that a marriage might give her the rest and structure she so desperately needed. She was just sixteen when she married James Dougherty. The fact that she married, and divorced, three times in her short life, is a testament that marriage wasn’t the answer to her deep-seeded problems, and her feelings of inadequacy and abandonment were increased with every personal failure. Marilyn Monroe was a far better actress than she was ever given credit for during her lifetime. The moniker of a sexy blond bombshell served to catapult her to stardom and to hamper her in displaying her real talent. Her tragic life is so much heart wrenching because it was played out under the bright spotlights of Hollywood. This book serves well as a short introduction to the superstar Marilyn Monroe and the lost, confused, and disturbed Norma Jeane Mortenson that got lost in her shadow.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    I thought there was a lot of information packed into this short, one hour biography. It was very sad to read how she was tossed about between foster families, with no stability, and then encouraged to get married at age 16. It is remarkable that she rose to such heights of stardom after such an difficult childhood. I had never heard before that Joe DiMaggio beat her. It was interesting to read the back story on the famous photo where she was standing with her white dress blowing up. It was also I thought there was a lot of information packed into this short, one hour biography. It was very sad to read how she was tossed about between foster families, with no stability, and then encouraged to get married at age 16. It is remarkable that she rose to such heights of stardom after such an difficult childhood. I had never heard before that Joe DiMaggio beat her. It was interesting to read the back story on the famous photo where she was standing with her white dress blowing up. It was also interesting to read about the back story to her famous nude photos in Playboy - I had no idea that Hugh Hefner bought the photos without her knowledge after the fact, and yet she faced the scandal like a champ and when a reporter asked what she had on during the photo shoot she replied, "The radio." There are bits in this book about the Kennedy scandal but in large part it brushed over the story. Marilyn's time while locked up in a mental institution was terrifying. I find it very sad that her life ended at such a young age. The book was worth the read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Walch

    The iconic photo of Marilyn on the cover of Marilyn Monroe: A Life From Beginning to End is what first grabbed my attention. Even though I was only a young boy, I remembered that photo from a spread that appeared in Life Magazine, one of the very few magazines that we had a subscription to. As I read Marilyn Monroe: A Life From Beginning to End, I found this little book left as little to the imagination about the life and career of Marilyn Monroe as the updraft from that subway grate did about w The iconic photo of Marilyn on the cover of Marilyn Monroe: A Life From Beginning to End is what first grabbed my attention. Even though I was only a young boy, I remembered that photo from a spread that appeared in Life Magazine, one of the very few magazines that we had a subscription to. As I read Marilyn Monroe: A Life From Beginning to End, I found this little book left as little to the imagination about the life and career of Marilyn Monroe as the updraft from that subway grate did about what she wore under that white dress.  Marilyn’s life was tragic from beginning to end. She was born an unwanted child and passed from one foster home to another. She suffered a series of failed marriages and survived a series of what appeared to be attempts at suicide before succumbing to the last attempt. Type cast as the ditzy blonde, she seemed doomed from the start. This short but telling book brings her short, tragic life alive for the reader.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patsy

    I liked the simple way this book was written which made it an enjoyable a quick read on Kindle for me. I have only seen a couple of Marilyn Monroe's movies so far. So far I thoroughly enjoyed "The Seven Year Itch" the most. She was so funny in that! I think she was a much better actress than she was ever credited to be. It angers me how men took advantage of her because of her physical beauty and assumption that she was just a "dumb blonde." She wasn't! I also hate how Hollywood helped her go dow I liked the simple way this book was written which made it an enjoyable a quick read on Kindle for me. I have only seen a couple of Marilyn Monroe's movies so far. So far I thoroughly enjoyed "The Seven Year Itch" the most. She was so funny in that! I think she was a much better actress than she was ever credited to be. It angers me how men took advantage of her because of her physical beauty and assumption that she was just a "dumb blonde." She wasn't! I also hate how Hollywood helped her go downhill emotionally. The fact that people supplied her with so many drugs and alcohol is disgusting to me. I think she was just so deceived about so many things that the way her life ended was inevitable. A very sad story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    Children without a stable home environment have a difficult time making a safe transition to adulthood.  Marilyn's Mom was not emotionally or physically there and then was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.  Marilyn and her mother bounced from foster situations until Marilyn married at 16.  It was the first stability she'd experienced, and then her husband joined the Merchant Marines (leaving her alone during WWII). To me, when Marilyn found out that she got the diagnosis of schizophrenia, sh Children without a stable home environment have a difficult time making a safe transition to adulthood.  Marilyn's Mom was not emotionally or physically there and then was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.  Marilyn and her mother bounced from foster situations until Marilyn married at 16.  It was the first stability she'd experienced, and then her husband joined the Merchant Marines (leaving her alone during WWII). To me, when Marilyn found out that she got the diagnosis of schizophrenia, she would emotionally have gone into a downward spiral.  She'd seen how her mother lived and suffered from that diagnosis.  And once Marilyn spent any time in the psychiatric ward, she would see no way out of her circumstances. This story is tragic. 

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hyacinth

    I had heard rumors of her life. I heard a story one of my mentors told me about the night before she died. It stuck with me so, when I saw this short biography I decided to read it. It felt personal in that some of the locations mentioned I am familiar with. I thought it was very thorough for a short. It is something to see how we have advanced in how mental illness is treated. It saddens me to see how many still go untreated. I walked away feeling like I know more about the legend of Marilyn Mo I had heard rumors of her life. I heard a story one of my mentors told me about the night before she died. It stuck with me so, when I saw this short biography I decided to read it. It felt personal in that some of the locations mentioned I am familiar with. I thought it was very thorough for a short. It is something to see how we have advanced in how mental illness is treated. It saddens me to see how many still go untreated. I walked away feeling like I know more about the legend of Marilyn Monroe.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sean Talbot

    This is a brief synopsis of the troubled life of marilyn monroe. I enjoyed reading about her but found that she wasn't the best of people and that she seemed to flit from man to man in her attempt to be a star. I think that her ability to manipulate her one ex husband Joe DiMaggio was shocking. She also had to really be hurting a lot and in great pain as it sounds like she tried to commit suicide more than once. This is a brief synopsis of the troubled life of marilyn monroe. I enjoyed reading about her but found that she wasn't the best of people and that she seemed to flit from man to man in her attempt to be a star. I think that her ability to manipulate her one ex husband Joe DiMaggio was shocking. She also had to really be hurting a lot and in great pain as it sounds like she tried to commit suicide more than once.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ally

    This was ok, I didn't learn anything new and the whole thing felt very superficial and rushed. Hardly surprising though as it is clearly meant as a short introduction. I would recommend this series to readers who know nothing about the person being written about, maybe as a way of finding out if they want to research them more deeply. This was ok, I didn't learn anything new and the whole thing felt very superficial and rushed. Hardly surprising though as it is clearly meant as a short introduction. I would recommend this series to readers who know nothing about the person being written about, maybe as a way of finding out if they want to research them more deeply.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    I’m amazed....we learn just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to celebrities, especially those who were popular in our youth. And then we learn a bit more when the either step out if the spotlight Poe pass away. So it is with “Marilyn”. What a most interesting read, what a must interesting life, yet so sad. Taking the time to read this Hourly History was time we’ll spend.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Concise and informative The Hourly history books are good sources for brief information about events, celebrities, politicians and other historical figures. Like long encyclopedia entries they tend to stick to the facts and give a good outline of the story. Always learn a few new things by reading them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Ouch I honestly cannot rate this book. That is how bad it is. Poorly researched. Poorly written. Jumping between past and present tense. The narrative just didn't flow. I was horrified as I read it and cringed at every factual error. Do NOT read this one. Ouch I honestly cannot rate this book. That is how bad it is. Poorly researched. Poorly written. Jumping between past and present tense. The narrative just didn't flow. I was horrified as I read it and cringed at every factual error. Do NOT read this one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    "Just he facts, Ma'am," Joe Friends day's famous line about covers this little book, which is a dactyl what it is intended to do. If you are looking for a biography of Marilyn; this isn't it. This is a concise overview. "Just he facts, Ma'am," Joe Friends day's famous line about covers this little book, which is a dactyl what it is intended to do. If you are looking for a biography of Marilyn; this isn't it. This is a concise overview.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    It's a very good condensed biography of Marilyn. If you're looking for a complete in depth biography that covers all of the details, then this book would not be for you. It covers the basic facts and events of her life and is actually pretty thorough in that respect. It's a very good condensed biography of Marilyn. If you're looking for a complete in depth biography that covers all of the details, then this book would not be for you. It covers the basic facts and events of her life and is actually pretty thorough in that respect.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Stuart

    Low reading level Fairly informative and a quick read. If your looking for in-depth analysis this is not the book. It would make a good one to add to the list of the adult beginning reader of ESL class

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patricia S Winchel

    Short Easy Read This was an easy biography to read since we already know so much about Marilyn Monroe but I still found it interesting and entertaining. There actually was a thing or two that I did not know about her.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Quinesia Johnson

    This was general facts about Marilyn. Mainly it contained info on her male relationships. I would have liked to hear more various quotes from people she encountered, revealing her personality. Short, but appropriate.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    Brief but good Short simple and contained a few surprising facts. Most of Marilyn's life covered in less than 100 pages. Another good read from hourly histories. Brief but good Short simple and contained a few surprising facts. Most of Marilyn's life covered in less than 100 pages. Another good read from hourly histories.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Dawber

    Love it Ilove the book thank you. I am a big fan of Marilyn Monroe and love learning about her and her life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rosemarie Costa

    a quick read with a lot of information. Enjoyed it and recommend to anyone who was a fan of hers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    laura

    Great short read I enjoyed this book. Interesting yet quiet sad history of Marilyn Monroe's short life I would recommend it deffinatly! I love these hour books Great short read I enjoyed this book. Interesting yet quiet sad history of Marilyn Monroe's short life I would recommend it deffinatly! I love these hour books

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    Concise and easy read Enjoyed the simple read. Could read in q sitting. Learned a lot about the actress. Hard to believe. A very special person.

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