Marilyn Among Friends

Sam Shaw, Author, Norman Rosten, With Henry Holt & Company $26.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-8050-0843-2
Photographer Shaw, a friend of Marilyn Monroe, took many photos of her, including the famous billowing-skirt shots for the film The Seven-Year Itch . Two hundred of his pictures, most of them never before published, are shown here: Marilyn at the makeup table, on the phone, on the beach, on the set, on the streetMarilyn with Bogart, with Gable, with DiMaggio, with Miller, with her basset hound Hugo. The text is affectionate but pretentious , with descriptions of the times Rosten (poet/playwright/novelist) spent with her, stories of her friends, husbands and admirers, and imagined conversations with the star. It is pleasant to note that there are no tales of CIA murder plots, Kennedy trysts and the likebut describing Marilyn as ``the ethereal, virginal nymph dancing innocently among trees'' is rather like calling William Howard Taft ``puckish.'' Avid fans will love this book. (August)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
Genre: Nonfiction
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