Ladies and Gentlemen, I am thrilled to finally announce the book I have been working on this year…. It is called “The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist.”. Published in May 2018 by Running Press, the book is a celebration of Marilyn’s bravery, intelligence, and trailblazing attitude! It is designed to show once and for all that Marilyn was not a dumb blonde. I therefore think of it as a redeeming of her reputation! “The Girl”, titled after her character in The Seven Year Itch, tells the story of how that film transformed Marilyn Monroe from another Hollywood star into “The Girl” of modern times—a true icon—and sent her on an unparalleled adventure of self-discovery and reflection. Her most rebellious and powerful years -1954 to 1956 – are at the heart of the book, and from there it branches out to show how she has inspired women to push boundaries, fulfil their dreams and make something of their lives. The book is therefore a celebration of Marilyn and of other women too!
The cover has a spectacular photo by Milton Greene and I am beyond thrilled to show it to you now. I’d like to thank my editor, Cindy De La Hoz for bringing the project to me and for helping it to grow. I consider myself a very lucky author to have been chosen to work on such an important book. 😊
Here is some information about the book, from my publisher’s website:
“With an in-depth look at the two most empowering years in the life of Marilyn Monroe, The Girl details how The Seven Year Itch created an icon and sent the star on an adventure of self-discovery and transformation from a controlled wife and contract player into a businesswoman and unlikely feminist whose power is still felt today.
When Marilyn Monroe stepped over a subway grating as The Girl in The Seven Year Itch and let a gust of wind catch the skirt of her pleated white dress, an icon was born. Before that, the actress was mainly known for a nude calendar and one-dimensional, albeit memorable, characters on the screen. Though she again played a “dumb blonde” in this film and was making headlines by revealing her enviable anatomy, the star was now every bit in control of her image, and ready for a personal revolution.
Emboldened by her winning fight to land the role of The Girl, the making of The Seven Year Itch and the eighteen months that followed was the period of greatest confidence, liberation, and career success that Marilyn Monroe lived in her tumultuous life. It was a time in which, among other things, she:
Ended her failing marriage to Joe DiMaggio and later began a relationship with Arthur Miller;
Legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, divorcing herself from the troubled past of Norma Jeane;
Started her own production company;
Studied in private lessons with Lee and Paula Strasberg of the Actors Studio and became a part of the acting revolution of the day.
The ripple Marilyn’s personal revolution had on Hollywood and in trailblazing the way for women that followed will both surprise and inspire readers to see Marilyn Monroe — and perhaps themselves — in an entirely new light.”
The US Amazon has both the Kindle and hardback versions on sale. You can order both by clicking the links above. The UK Amazon site only has the Kindle version on sale at the moment, but hopefully that will change soon. I will post any and all updates on the blog and social media.