The Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe Book Review

I’ve read loads of Marilyn Monroe biographies, but I’m no expert on the lady in question. I think part of the fact  that I, and many others, aren’t satisfied with one version of her life. This is also the reason why there are so many books about her- people- readers and authors alike, are fascinated by her.

Monroe’s life seemed so complex, fleeting, glamorous and tragic. 

This book was a birthday gift from Mr Old Fashioned- as a prelude for my trip to Bath to the exhibition of Monroe’s dresses next month. 
And it is a brilliant book, mainly due to the fact that 90% of it is images, photographs, letters, postcards- which seem to give a real insight into her life and what it was like to be Marilyn Monroe.
Imagine addressing Miss Monroe as “You Old Girl!”
 Even the inside cover of this book (hardback)  is covered with fantastic photos- above with Jane Russell, whom she starred alongside in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” in 1953.
The trusty Chanel No 5
 This books is something I’ll be dipping into for a long time- and I now don’t feel I need to keep reading about Marilyn Monroe’s life- I’ve got it here.
A postcard asking, “What does it all mean?”
And if you are a film fan there is a film called “My Week with Marilyn” starring Michelle Williams as Monroe coming out in November. Look out for my review. 

Until next time!



  1. September 16, 2011 / 7:54 am

    That exhibition sounds fab, I might have to check that out myself.

  2. September 16, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    I have seen some of her clothes on display-she was such a petite woman and had the most amazing curves. It was breath-taking to see somethings of her so close. She is very dear to my heart-will be making a post about her on my blog soon as well. I TOTALLY agree with what you said that all her bks leave you wanting more. I have rd dozens and none really capture her essence. I will def check out this bk-sounds lovely. Loved your post. xox

  3. September 17, 2011 / 10:51 am

    Thanks girls!! It really is a lovely book- would make a great gift too!!
    I’m so excited about seeing some of MM’s dressed in person next month!

  4. LandGirl1980
    September 22, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    I am not up on my Monroe books at all. In fact – I think the last one I read was “My Week with Marilyn” – and that was a while back. I shall have to add this to my wishlist!