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Marilyn and me : sisters, rivals, friends

Author: Susan Strasberg
Publisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Actress Susan Strasberg writes of her life and her friendship with her surrogate sister Marilyn Monroe.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Marilyn Monroe; Susan Strasberg; Marilyn Monroe; Susan Strasberg; Susan Strasberg; Marilyn Monroe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Strasberg
ISBN: 0446515922 9780446515924
OCLC Number: 24668870
Description: xiv, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Susan Strasberg.

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Actress Susan Strasberg writes of her life and her friendship with her surrogate sister Marilyn Monroe.

"Imagine that Marilyn Monroe joins your family--when you're an insecure teenage actress--and commands your parents' attention ... that the distant father whose recognition you yearn for holds her and sings her to sleep, while you cry alone in your room across the hall ... that your overworked mother accompanies Marilyn to her film shoots to prevent her having a nervous breakdown, while you're falling apart on the set of your movie. In what well may be the most intimate, revealing, and realistic portrait of Marilyn yet, Strasberg recalls an extraordinary period of her life. The time was the mid-fifties, when Marilyn came to study with Susan's father, revered Actors Studio guru Lee Strasberg. Monroe was mocked by the press for her ambitions to become a serious actress, but the Strasbergs were in her corner. The troubled movie star quickly became part of their household: Lee and his wife, Paula, became her teachers, surrogate parents, and therapists; Susan became her friend and surrogate sister. This is Susan's memory of Marilyn: a firsthand account of her breathy voice giving Susan advice on men, makeup, and Hollywood; her luminous charisma and infinite need blotting out the careers, the concerns, and the importance of almost everyone else around her; her struggles with her shyness, her husbands, and the truly terrifying personal demons that eventually claimed her. But this is also Susan's own story. We meet a young girl coming painfully of age in the shadow of a celebrated father and among the best and brightest theater people of the age. Her professional star would rise on Broadway and in Hollywood in such acclaimed productions as The Diary of Anne Frank and Picnic. She would have a tempestuous love affair with Richard Burton and, most of all, manage, as so many others did not, to love Marilyn without surrendering her own life and desires. From confidences exchanged in a darkened bedroom when two young actresses waited for sleep to a bizarre weekend visit with the Arthur Millers to the look of shock on a saleswoman's face when Marilyn, in a department store changing room, revealed her total disdain for undergarments, this in an unparalleled, candid glimpse of a legend--and the wide-eyed young girl who so vividly reflected her shimmering dreams."--Jacket.

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