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My Sister Marilyn: A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Berniece Baker Miracle , Mona Rae Miracle
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Juni 1994
There have been many books on Marilyn. By now everyone knows the dirt, the sensationalism, the sordid gossip. But this book is unique: finally, Marilyn's only sibling has broken her long silence. Here is the story of an intimate 25-year relationship between Norma Jean Baker and her half-sister Berniece. The book tells of Marilyn Monroe as sister, daughter, aunt. Here is a human being, rather than a calendar girl or a movie star. Few people have ever known of Berniece's existence, because she was reluctant to talk to the press and betray Marilyn's desperate need for privacy. When Marilyn was 11, her mother revealed the secret she had been keeping for years: Marilyn had a half-sister, then 17 years old. Thrilled by this discovery, the two girls met and began a close relationship that lasted throughout Marilyn's life. Though distance often separated them, their bond was strong and lived through visits, letters and phone calls. In their time together, away from the pressmen and the cameras, Marilyn was finally allowed to be herself. In this tender book, Berniece, with the help of her daughter Mona Rae, recalls the bond that was Marilyn's private refuge. It was a bond that ended only when Berniece had to choose the dress which Marilyn would wear in her grave.
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe
  • Verlag: Algonquin Books; Auflage: 1st Edition (Juni 1994)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1565120701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565120709
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,3 x 15,5 x 2,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 338.820 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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There have been many books on Marilyn. By now everyone knows the dirt, the sensationalism, the sordid gossip. But this book is unique: finally, Marilyn's only sibling has broken her long silence. Here is the story of an intimate 25-year relationship between Norma Jean Baker and her half-sister Berniece. The book tells of Marilyn Monroe as sister, daughter, aunt. Here is a human being, rather than a calendar girl or a movie star. Few people have ever known of Berniece's existence, because she was reluctant to talk to the press and betray Marilyn's desperate need for privacy. When Marilyn was 11, her mother revealed the secret she had been keeping for years: Marilyn had a half-sister, then 17 years old. Thrilled by this discovery, the two girls met and began a close relationship that lasted throughout Marilyn's life. Though distance often separated them, their bond was strong and lived through visits, letters and phone calls. In their time together, away from the pressmen and the cameras, Marilyn was finally allowed to be herself. In this tender book, Berniece, with the help of her daughter Mona Rae, recalls the bond that was Marilyn's private refuge.

It was a bond that ended only when Berniece had to choose the dress which Marilyn would wear in her grave. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Berniece Miracle was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Kentucky. She has worked in manufacturing, costume design, real estate development, and accounting. Mona earned Masters degrees in English and Library Science. She studied acting with Lee Strasberg. Read about her newest projects at MonaRaeMiracle.com -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent writing, valuable insights 5. Juni 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is beautifully and sensitively written, giving background and thoughts that could only come from the people who knew Marilyn Monroe well and who certainly have nothing to gain by exploiting her. You see a real human being, not some press-agentry creation. Talent must run in the family because Mona Rae has just the right touch for putting a family history into words. For example, the mention of the piano Marilyn owned since childhood, as it pops up here and there in her life, seeming to be a metaphor for her life. Write on!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Buch 30. Juli 2013
Von Pearl
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
Hab noch nicht lesen können, nur mal kurz rein geschaut, sieht sehr viel versprechend aus, freue mich auf ein lese Wochenende !!!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen different 28. April 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
the book was okay but I don't think Marilyn and Berniece were that close so there wasn't a lot of information through Marilyn's point of view but it a lot better than some stranger that Marilyn didn't even explioting her.There are some personal information that only Berniece would know so that's what makes it unquic.
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Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
This book was one of the best I have ever seen.
The way it showed her family life, and the pictures,
a small amount but breath-taking! I think this book cleared
up a lot of false-hoods about her. Also the way they tell the
book is very real and interesting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally the truth about Marilyn Monroe's family 5. Februar 2004
Von Andrea Egger, author of Grave Accusations - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a very enjoyable book. I'm so glad Berniece Miracle finally came out with the book with help from daughter Mona. The photos are wonderful, as you watch the transition from Norma Jeane to Marilyn, get to see her wedding photo to Jim Dougherty and hear words of Joe DiMaggio and learn some of the insides of Hollywood as Marilyn shared them with her sister.
Sadly, the book also describes how Berniece was hounded by the press and had a hard time leading a "normal" life. No privacy. I was hoping the book would give more insight into Marilyn's death, but Berniece and Mona are as much in the dark as anyone. Interesting is the denial of any relationship with President John F. Kennedy or brother Bobby. That seems to be a given in most books about Marilyn. However, if you read between the lines here, Marilyn doesn't deny a relationship, she just smiles when Berniece asks and says "they're just boys." There could be a lot Marilyn doesn't share with her sister!
But what comes shining through in this book is how loving and lovable Marilyn was, and how much she was loved by her sister. The idea of a mentally ill mother explains a lot of things, like Marilyn's obvious depression. The sisters not even knowing about each other until Marilyn was 12 and Berniece 19 is sad, but at least they had each other through the rest of Marilyn's life.
This is a lovely book, beautifully written, tragic as it must have been. It shows Marilyn as more of the earthy woman her family knew, which is a refreshing perspective from other Marilyn Monroe biographies!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Short On Scandal, Long On Genetic Sensitivity 21. Februar 2002
Von NyAnn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Please buy this book instead of one written by someone who didn't know Marilyn...
Berneice Miracle was Marilyn's half-sister. They shared the same mother, a fitfully employed lab worker at a Hollywood studio during the silent film era. When Marilyn aka Norma Jeane was seven and didn't know Berneice existed, their mother bought a house in Los Angeles, a daring move for a divorced woman at the height of the Great Depression. But Mom became mentally ill a few months later and spent the next fifty years as a revolving door mental patient and old-folks-home resident.
Berneice's father seems to have been a stable man who abandoned the liberal lifestyle of California for the Kentucky of 1926, a different planet. Whoever Marilyn's father was never claimed her as his daughter unless you count a phone call that C. Stanley Gifford supposedly made to her out-of-the-blue a year before she died. Even if Gifford was a dishonest stalker, we still know Marilyn's real father kept quiet, likely out of guilt and sensitivity.
That point brings me to Berneice. While she adds little to her half-sister's previously documented fights with Twentieth Century Fox, Arthur Miller and Patricia Newcomb, she nonetheless shares her sisterly information with sensitivity. Possibly without meaning to, Berneice demonstrates that Marilyn's amazing sensitivity, a requirement for all the artists who share her degree of fame (Billie Holiday, Georgia O'Keeffe, Elvis, Andy Kaufman, etc), ran in the family. The reader experiences Berneice's thin skin in every sentence. The reader witnesses mother Gladys' fragility overpower her, shattering her dream of becoming the new Norma Talmadge (the silent film star after whom Gladys named Norma Jeane). The silence of Marilyn's father echoes with meaning throughout this and other books.
I will close by segueing to the money issue. If you assume Berneice inherited big bucks and she hates everyone who profited from her half-sister's death, then remember the old saying about what you do when you [assume]. The abundant love in Marilyn came through when she made major provisions for Berneice in her will, but the suddenness of her death and the huge debts of her Estate blocked Berneice from getting a penny for fifteen years.
During that time Norman Mailer famously made money from a sloppy investigation into the Kennedy brothers sleeping with and killing Marilyn mixed with a pseudointellectual portrait of his beloved stranger as "the Stradivarius of sex." Mailer's attitude didn't exactly thrill Berneice, but she still wanted very much to know how her sister had died. She had no money to hire a private investigator. To this day Berneice harbors suspicions of foul play. If she, with her genetic sensitivity in the same league as Marilyn's, entertains these thoughts, then a lot more people should. Not just nerdy JFK researchers.
Please buy this book. Berneice, born in 1919 and alive as of this writing, deserves a little money and empathy. As Arthur Miller wrote in "Death Of A Salesman," "attention must be paid to such a [person]." If Berneice's grandchildren are out there reading this, please give her my love. If things sometimes stretch her or you to the breaking point, please remember the love.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well written and insightful 9. November 2002
Von saliero - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I recommend this book to anyone vaguely interested in Marilyn Monroe, not merely the die-hard fan. I do not fall into that category, , but am aware of her enduring presence as an icon. This book lived up to its intriguing promise of providing ANOTHER viewpoint about Marilyn – other than the myriad biographies which have been about Marilyn by ‘outsiders’ and those enriching themselves on the proceeds.
This is very much the biography of Norma Jean Baker as she came to be known by her sister.
The picture of ‘private Marilyn’ depicted here does an enormous amount to restore Marilyn’s humanity, her connection with her family and peers, the person behind the impenetrable Goddess Icon that she has become in the decades since her death. This is the uncommodified, unexploited Marilyn, a person who loved and was loved. It’s a great corrective to the hagiographic or shallow tendencies of most Marilyn-abilia and I thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Short and Sincere 12. Dezember 2009
Von Loves the View - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
The picture on the cover is worth a thousand words. The two women could be fraternal twins. They look strikingly modern despite their 1950's bikinis and hair dos. Your eye goes right to Marilyn. Her head is up. She is striving to be taller, as she actually is, on a less than level beach. Marilyn looks up and right at you through the camera. Bernice tilts her head slightly down, shyly looking slightly off camera. Both are fresh and young. They appear open and naïve and represent the energy, innocence and can-do attitude of post-war America.

It took a long time for Bernice to emerge from the shadows and tell her sister's story. The Miracle family never made a secondary career or hobby off Marilyn's fame. It is true to form that Bernice chose her daughter to write this and not a highly stylized ghost writer. This seems to be the Miracle's first and only foray into that world.

Reading between the lines of this and other sources, you can see how Marilyn loved Bernice as her only living and reachable kin. Bernice has so successfully dodged the spotlight that in searching the internet, I could find no hint of whether she is still living or not. I did find Mona Rae, who seems to be enjoying her life as a school librarian.

There are no great revelations here, maybe there were in 1994 when it was written. Some of the family photos are great - I love the grandmother's hat! This is a simple telling of the Marilyn story from her sister and niece who loved her very deeply. It is an enjoyable read although it's a sad story.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Truthful Tribute 19. März 2007
Von bcf91 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Although I'm not a diehard fan of Marilyn Monroe, My Sister Marilyn has surely convinced me to watch more of her films. Since her death in the 1960's, numerous reports have surfaced on how she died. The book doesn't surround that particular subject; instead, it shows us the relationship between Marilyn and her sister Berniece. Their bond as sisters was nice to read and they continued to keep in contact up to her death. I highly recommend this memoir to any fan of Marilyn's, or just for the curious reader looking for truth on one of Hollywood's greatest beauties.
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