Chapter 13 -The Real Marilyn

The contrast between the truth and what the media has left us with is so extreme, Marilyn Monroe does not even exist. We have the icon, but the person has never been exposed. Perhaps, the real Marilyn is too ordinary.

The only real way to understand the real Marilyn is to watch all those amateur Youtube tributes that ordinary people have made as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio. That’s her family album.

In the last interview before her death, Marilyn pleaded unsuccessfully with a reporter to end his article like this:

"What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, labourers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe."

Exasperated over what she called the "lies, lies, lies" which misrepresented her life, Marilyn struggled to define her philosophy of being -to emphasize her distaste for the frivolous and her longing to embrace what she viewed to be causes that mattered. In the end, she was ignored.

With a reading list as disparate as Ulysses, by James Joyce, War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy, The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Caine, Essays, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, The Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine, Lust for Life, by Irving Stone and The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Marilyn Monroe synthesized people and ideas and expected the very best from everyone she met.

But instead of becoming a conduit for hope, peace and cooperation, she is still a mystery.

Since 1952, the rock in her life was Joe DiMaggio. He was never there all the time, but he was always there when she needed him and she spent the last breath of her life trying to make that a permanent arrangement.

You have just read a brief excerpt from the book, "Preserving Their Legacies" -the one book you MUST READ, in 2013.

Preserving Their Legacies" is a book of history. If it sounds like fiction, it is because only history can filter the myths we embrace and this research, 50 years after Monroe's death, is brand new.

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Newsworld Showdown -focus on the truth.
Newsworld Showdown -focus on the truth.