Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe
From the day she was born into a troubled home to her reigning days as a Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe (née Norma Jeane Mortenson) lived a life that was often defined by others. Here, in a luminous poetic narrative, acclaimed author Carole Boston Weatherford tells Marilyn’s story in a way that restores her voice to its rightful place: center stage. Revisiting Marilyn’s often traumatic early life—foster homes, loneliness, sexual abuse, teen marriage—through a hard-won, meteoric rise to stardom that brought with it exploitation, pill dependency, and depression, the lyrical narrative continues through Marilyn’s famous performance at JFK’s birthday party, three months before her death. In a story at once riveting, moving, and unflinching, Carole Boston Weatherford tells a tale of extraordinary pain and moments of unexpected grace, gumption, and perseverance, as well as the inexorable power of pursuing one’s dreams. A beautifully designed volume.
The story starts at the very beginning of Marilyn's life. Back then she was Norma Jean. Her life was filled with loss-she didn't know her father; was in and out of foster care; forced into an early marriage; and craving to be loved.
Her own mother ended up in a psych ward for mental illness. The novel shows what lead to her break and the long road to being 'famous' and at what cost.
Little known facts on her life-Marilyn stuttered and had Meniere's disease. Also she loved to read and better herself. She invented the Marilyn Monroe fans loved, but she craved to be loved. Another fact was that she made then husband Joe DiMaggio promise to put flowers on her grave each week if she died before him. And he did. She wanted to learn the craft and become a better actress and studied method acting with Lee Strasberg.
Tragic, haunting look into the 'real' Marilyn Monroe told in verse.