Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Marilyn Monroe's Wastebasket

"Fragments - Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe" compiled by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment Farrar, Strauss and Giroux 239 pages $30

Monroe left her personal papers to Lee Strasberg who then left them to his widow, Anna. She finally got around to looking at them and discovered the materials in the book, but didn't know what to do with them. Enter family friend Stanley Buchthal.

Monroe wanted to be portrayed as an intellectual, not just another dumb blonde. To that end, she made sure that when she was photographed, it was a shot of her with a book in her hands.

But sadly, sometimes words are more of a reality than pictures and her words just weren't that good. The strongest feeling I got was that she'd filled a wastebasket; these were her discards (often written in pencil on whatever scrap of paper she had around.)

It doesn't help that she was obsessed with herself and how she was feeling every live long day of her life. And wrote about it.

This is column number 888. Champagne all around!

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