Hollywood Collection: Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend

Her story is well-known - the lonely child who yearned for affection and approval which she finally seemed to find as Hollywood's greatest love goddess. But even though she scaled heights few could even dream of, she was one of the loneliest of stars. And yet, in spite of the breakdowns, the failed marriages, the sordid rumors surrounding her life -- and her death
Gene Feldman
Robert MitchumShelley WintersSheree North
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Susan StrasbergDon MurrayCeleste HolmJosh Logan
Suzette WinterGene Feldman
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
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I remember, as a boy, my surprise and sadness when I read in the newspaper that Marilyn Monroe had died. It was sad to me even though I knew little more than that she was a movie star. Later I would get a sense of her frailty and vulnerability and how people used her. Hers is a sad story which is not covered here, but of course, that was not the focus of this bio. In terms of its parameters, there are a lot of interesting facts and tidbits about her career. Their marriage is covered, but not mentioned is the fact that Joe DiMaggio took care of her funeral arrangements and, I read once, was the only one of her husbands and lovers to attend her funeral. I think fans of film and of Hollywood and those interested in the lives of the more interesting stars would enjoy this bio.
JesusIsLordDLWCReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2014
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I have just about purchased all of the Hollywood Collection's Greatest Stars and their biographies on DVD and all of them are excellent and well worth the money that I have paid. Each biography goes into great detail about the lives of the actors from the
1940's; 1950's; and 1960's; and the producers whom produced each of the biographies such as Marilyn Monroe, Charelston
Heston; Robert Mitchem; Walter Mattheau; Jack Lemmon; Yul Brynner, Shirley Mclaine; William Holden; Burt Lancaster and
others. These were real actors whom knew how to perfect their craft and knew how to act and all of the hardships they faced
signing contracting with the big Hollywood Moguls. These DVD biographies were absolutely wonderful and would make a fine
addition to your library collection. Also there was Gregory Peck; Ingrid Bergman; and other great actors of their time. It is very
sad that the movies industry is gone and no longer has the quality actors of the time of the baby boomers and prior. I wish that
the Hollywood Collection had made more biographies about the greatest actors and perhaps they will. I am so very happy they
were shipped in a timely manner and packaged beautifully. Thank you so very much to the Hollywod Collection.
Mrs. Dione L. WilliamsCrayton, Craytond2000@msn.com - Naperville, Illinois 60563 USA
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loganburkeReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2015
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A treat for the eyes...
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Of all the beautiful actresses (actors) that graced the silver screen in my day (I’m 71 years old) Marilyn is the only one I wish I could have met and spent time with. If you read her book (“Marilyn, Her Life in Her Own Words”), also available here on Amazon, and research some of the vast amount of material surrounding her life and rise to fame and then her tragic death (not a suicide), you'll understand why I make that statement…perhaps. Keep this in mind, she was one of only two actors that attended the acclaimed "Actors Studio" who were considered by its renowned founders/educators (Elia Kazan, Cheryl Crawford, Robert Lewis and Lee Strasberg) to be the most capable, talented, intelligent and dedicated film artists...the other was Marlon Brando!
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Don DiMaggioReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2015
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A relative of mine was once her husband and I ...
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A relative of mine was once her husband and I even think that he, who would never talk about her after her death and was planning a re-marriage, would be proud of this especially with the likes of Josh Logan, Celeste Holme, Shelly Winter, one of her early room mates. That's what Ms Winter told my anyway. Finally, I saw an even, not biased portrayal of the woman. Can't imagine how I previously have missed this. Thanks Amazon Prime!!!
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GrandpaReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2015
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Marilyn Monroe, or Norma Jeanne, was so much ...
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Marilyn Monroe, or Norma Jeanne, was so much more than most people realize. She was a blessing that was harshly abused so that she couldn't help herself or others as much as she wanted to.
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RoseReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2018
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I enjoyed this movie a great deal
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I enjoyed this movie a great deal, it was interesting to hear from other people about how Marilyn was. I still do not understand why she killed herself, but I guess no one will.
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Eric V. FryReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2013
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Enjoyable but has its limits
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It's well worth watching. For the most part, the interviewees avoid talking about the difficulties of working with Monroe. No real discussion of her depression or the use of prescription drugs. Still, it's good to be reminded that Monroe was a working actress who performed well in her short career.
Downton girlReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2015
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Nice biography of a legendary actress!
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Really liked the personal interaction and the comments of those that were close to Marilyn Monroe. I think it gave some insight to this troubled and lost person and her need to only be loved and to have a Family.
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