Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Marilyn Monroe Alma H. Bond

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Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Marilyn Monroe by Alma H. Bond
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There is much written, rumored, told, and retold about Marilyn Monroe, but the most unusual and remarkable fact about her is this: In person as well in her films, she appeared to be outright luminous--enveloped by a glow, like a firefly in the dark.MoreThere is much written, rumored, told, and retold about Marilyn Monroe, but the most unusual and remarkable fact about her is this: In person as well in her films, she appeared to be outright luminous--enveloped by a glow, like a firefly in the dark.Even Laurence Olivier, who costarred with Marilyn in the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, saw it.

Though he seemed to dislike her intensely, he had to admit that, in all her scenes, she lit up the screen.But exquisite as it can be, luminosity can be a kind of camouflage. It can hide the truth underneath.What exactly was Marilyn illuminating in the atmosphere that surrounded her? Her beauty was certainly stunning, dazzling--blinding, even--but what did it hide?Marilyn, more brilliant than many understood, knew well the difference between looking upon the light and seeing beyond the glow.

Men do not see me, she said. They just lay their eyes on me.Psychoanalyst and longtime womans biographer Dr. Alma Bond imagines, in detail, a several-year stretch during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Marilyn, an exceedingly fragile figure, submits to analysis on the couch of Manhattan psychoanalyst Dr. Darcy Dale and, following her return to Hollywood, corresponds with her.Brilliantly, entertainingly, and movingly, Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch shows just what lay beneath Marilyns radiance.

Dr. Dale, a fictional stand-in for the author, Dr. Bond, sees Marilyn Monroe as few ever have, both inside and out, and transfers those insights to readers. Its impossible to imagine anyone providing a better, more complete, intimate, and unforgettable understanding of this truly remarkable, iconic, and even pivotal figure in film and sexual history.



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