Synopses & Reviews
Marilyn Monroe is our supreme icon of glamour, vulnerability, personal magnetism, and the American dream, and her legend continues to grow four decades after her death. MM—Personal is a new look behind the veil of that legend, reproducing the most fascinating relics from her private archive—once thought to have been lost, and never before revealed to the public—to clarify, qualify, or reverse many common conceptions about the “blond bombshell.”
Selected from more than 10,000 largely unseen and heretofore unpublished items from Marilyns own file cabinets, these documents, snapshots, letters, memorabilia, and ephemera are joined by the first account of Monroes life since Gloria Steinems Marilyn to be written by a feminist historian, revealing shades of her genius that have never before been fully understood.
Praise for MM - Personal:
"MM-Personal offers a fascinating glimpse into an impossibly famous celebrity going about the business of living."
--Wall Street Journal
"MM-Personal is filled with wonderful photographs . . . most accessible."
-Larry McMurtry for the New York Review of Books
"The book, a luscious glossy thing, is studded with photos, many of them Monroe's personal items-including artwork she purchased just before her death. . . . the overall vibe of the book is wrenching, because it clarifies Monroe's humanity, her working life, her normal day-to-day existence."
- Liz Smith
"With each turn of the page comes a new surprise. You don't have to be an MM fanatic to get lost in this book."
Fan Phenomena: Marilyn Monroe situates Marilyn Monroeand#8217;s omnipresent continued cultural relevance within the zeitgeist of current popular cultural and looks at the influence she has had on numerous elements of it. Lindsay Lohan, Jayne Mansfield, Drew Barrymore, Anna Nicole Smith, Madonna are just a handful of actresses and singers who have reappropriated, recreated, imitated and emulated her classic aesthetic and images. Marilyn was the quintessential American sex symbol and an influential style icon upon a spectrum of designers including Dolce and Gabbana, Betsey Johnson, and Nike, all of who have named lines of clothing, shoes and accessories after the star. The book explores representations of Marilyn in visual culture looking at the ways she is re-imagined in visual art, whilst also looking at how Marilyn Monroeand#8217;s posthumous appearance and image are appropriated in current advertisements.and#160;
Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Marilyn Monroe was an actress, singer, and sex symbol whose influence far outlasted her short life. Contributors toand#160;Fan Phenomena: Marilyn Monroeand#160;
situate the platinum blonde starletand#8217;s omnipresent cultural relevance within the zeitgeist of current popular culture and explore the influence she has had on numerous elements of it. Her aesthetics and images have been reappropriated, recreated, imitated, and emulated by such celebrities as Lindsay Lohan, Jayne Mansfield, Drew Barrymore, Anna Nicole Smith, and Madonna. The quintessential American sex symbol, Monroe was an influential style icon for a spectrum of designers, including Dolce and Gabbana, Betsey Johnson, and Nike, all of whom have named lines of clothing, shoes, or accessories after the star.
The essays here explore representations of Monroe in visual culture by looking at the ways she is reimagined in visual art while also considering how her posthumous appearance and image are appropriated in current advertisements. With an inside look at the universe of Marilyn Monroe impersonators and look-alike contests for both males and females, the book also explores numerous homages to Monroe in music, from the 1979 opera Marilyn by Lorenzo Ferrero to Nicki Minajand#8217;s song and#147;Marilyn Monroe.and#8221; The definitive guide to one of the most famous women who ever lived, the book will be essential reading for any scholar of twentieth-century American popular culture.
About the Author
Lois Banner is professor of history and gender studies at USC. She is the author of numerous biographies and studies of women, including the classic American Beauty. Mark Anderson is an internationally known editorial and commercial photographer. He has contributed to domestic and international editions of Vanity Fair, Elle, Esquire, and Vogue.
Table of Contents
Timeless Stars and New Spotlights:and#160; Looking for Marilyn Monroe on YouTube
Louise Elali and Catalina Vandaacute;zquez
Fan Appreciation no. 1
Mary Sims, Owner of the Immortal Marilyn Fan Club Website
Lipstick Thespians: Being Marilyn Monroe after 5 August 1962
Marilyn is a Smash: Depicting the Icon in NBCandrsquo;s Musical Drama
Fan Appreciation no. 2
Marilyn Monroe Italia
Marilyn Monroeandrsquo;s Dresses
Fan Appreciation no. 3
Scott Forner, the Marilyn Monroe Collection
Performing Marilyn: Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn
Fan Appreciation no. 4
Tara Hanks, author of The MMM Girl
The 50th Anniversary of Marilyn Monroeandrsquo;s Death
Fan Appreciation no. 5
Melinda Mason, the andlsquo;Marilyn Geekandrsquo;
Fan Appreciation no. 6
Editor and Contributor Biographies