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Marilyn and me : sisters/rivals/friends
Strasberg, Susan.
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.M69S75 1992

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Marilyn Monroe was 29 when she became acting coach Lee Strasberg's favorite student and protegee in New York City. Over the next eight years the screen goddess was a sisterly friend and household rival of actress Susan Strasberg, just 17 when they met. Susan for a time shared her bedroom with this envied intruder, object of the paternal adulation of her famous father, who was impersonal and critical with his own children, by this account. The author swings between admiration and disillusionment with Monroe, who sketched, wrote poetry and sympathized with underdogs when she wasn't floundering in depressed insomnia or drug-induced paranoia. This wise, intimate, affecting portrait reveals hidden facets of Monroe's quicksilver personality. A convert to Judaism after her marriage to Arthur Miller, she peppered her conversation with Yiddishisms. The book includes two self-portraits drawn by Monroe plus 16 pages of photos. Strasberg candidly recreates a tense household in which everything revolved around her father's neuroses while her mother Paula, a vibrant actress, eavesdropped and threatened suicide. BOMC featured alternate; author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

These personal recollections are underlined by the author's passionate quest to stand equal with Marilyn Monroe in her famous father's eyes. Virtually adopted into the Strasberg household at age 29, Monroe soon absorbed the special attention of acting coach Lee Strasberg and his self-abnegating wife, Paula. Susan, in her late teens at the outset, was at once fascinated, repelled, and cowed by the power of this unusual relationship which lasted until Monroe's untimely death. Her book, a mixture of autobiography, pop show biz history, and personal catharsis, is touching and disturbing. In this true insider's view, the central players and the ``names'' who touched their lives are not a happy lot. One is heartened, though, when Strasberg comes to positive terms with her experiences in a deeply reflective epilog. For circulating libraries.-- Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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