By Carl E. Rollyson Jr.
In American pop culture Marilyn Monroe has advanced in stature from Hollywood intercourse image to tragic legend. such a lot books approximately Monroe tension the sensational occasions that surrounded her-this publication is the 1st to deal in truth and significantly with Monroe as an actress, comparing her strikes as the most important forces within the shaping of her identification. via cautious exam of her performances, from her small appearances within the Asphalt Jungle and All approximately Eve to her memorable roles in Bus cease, a few love it sizzling, and the The Misfits, the writer lines her improvement from conceal lady blameless to an actress dedicated to her craft. in response to broad interviews with a lot of Monroe's colleagues, shut acquaintances, and mentors, this accomplished, severely balanced research describes her use of procedure appearing in addition to her guideline with Michael Chekhov and, later, the Strasbergs. Carl Rollyson has written a fresh research and appreciation of Marilyn Monroe's enduring and, formerly, underestimated presents as an inventive artist.
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This small but conspicuous part presented her with the opportunity to make a vivid impression in a film sure to receive wide distribution and publicity. The role of Miss Caswell solidified Monroe’s dumb blonde stereotyping. The variation on the type, in this case, is Miss Caswell’s absence of innocence. She is hard, ambitious, and corrupt, in spite of her youthful beauty. She is less dependent on men for her cues than Angela is, although she is just as ignorant. When she fails to get a part in a stage production, she asks whether they have auditions for television.
Many people in Hollywood already equated her with Angela and then with Miss Caswell. She was given credit for skillfully playing parts according to her type, not for imaginatively exploring a type according to her talent. As in The Asphalt Jungle, she was featured as a blonde siren who could not possibly perform any of the other female roles. It would seem to be an elementary observation that an actor who performs a part well need not be just like the part she or he plays, and yet particularly in the case of film the person and the role often become interchangeable for both the audience and for film professionals.
When he failed to respond to her call, to accept a d o l e s c e n c e t o a d u l t h o o d 12 his paternity, she was devastated. Norma Jeane exhibited terrible anxiety about being alone. There were too many gaps in her life, and like other women of her age and troubled background, she panicked easily. She was not depressed or sad; rather, she was out of control and absolutely at a loss when contemplating the absence of her husband’s attention. She was far from inconsolable, however, and she quickly took up war work as a paint sprayer and parachute packer in an airplane factory.