It isn’t a hugely original statement to make, but I love Marilyn Monroe. There are better actresses, and more beautiful ones, and her story is certainly a sad one. But there is something about her that just glows, and generation after generation continue to fall in love with her.
The most recent book about Marilyn comes from Carlton Books, named ‘Marilyn Remembered: The Official Treasures 1926-1962′ by Cindy De La Hoz. It is jam-packed with photographs from both her private life and her screen life, and tells her story from start to finish.
What I like most about this book is that it comes with little pockets inside, which contain loose facsimiles of old letters, scripts, checks, and fashion sketches. It is a small touch, but makes things seem so much more real and really helps to bring her story to life.
The book itself is extremely handsome, and comes with a padded cover in a presentation box lined with tissue paper. The photographs inside are lush and big and colourful, and perfectly match whichever part of her life is being described at that point.
If you are a Marilyn addict, you may already know most of what is covered in the text – though the book is still so full of fantastic images that I’d still recommend it. If you don’t know much about her life and are looking for an engaging and easy to read introduction to one of the most loved actresses of all time, this is absolutely it. A big thumbs up from me.
Marilyn Remembered: The Official Treasures 1926-1962 by Cinda De La Hoz
Published by Carlton Books. Hardcase edition RRP £35.00, slipcase edition with facsimile documents £19.99.