My Sister Marilyn

My Sister Marilyn

A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe

Book - 1994
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Few people know that Marilyn Monroe had a sister, and even fewer know the story of their relationship during Marilyn's rise from obscurity to fame. In MY SISTER MARILYN, Berniece Baker Miracle, working with her daughter Mona Rae, tells the story she has kept private for fifty years. The book includes more than forty photographs of Marilyn and her family and friends. "This portrait of Marilyn is irreplaceable."--Entertainment Weekly. A LITERARY GUILD SELECTION.

Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the private life of Marilyn Monroe by her half-sister describes Marilyn's early family history and the sisters' relationship throughout her career

Blackwell North Amer
The first time Berniece Miracle saw Norma Jeane's face was in a blurry junior high school portrait that came with a letter from this sister she'd never known. She kept the letter, and she kept the photo of the pretty twelve-year-old face.
Before long, it would be the most famous face in the world.
Yes, Marilyn Monroe had a sister. And in My Sister Marilyn, Berniece Baker Miracle tells the story you've never heard before: the story of the private person rather than of the calendar girl - of Marilyn the sister, of Marilyn the daughter, of Marilyn the aunt.
Berniece and Marilyn had different fathers but the same mother, whose mental illness affected both their lives. The sisters grew up seven years and a continent apart - Marilyn (then Norma Jeane) in the care of her mother's California friends; Berniece with her father's family in Kentucky.
Not until Berniece was nineteen and Norma Jeane twelve did the two sisters learn of each other. It was during the final years of the Depression, and at first neither could afford the cross-country trip to meet in person. So Berniece and Norma Jeane exchanged letters, photographs, and phone calls, forging a lasting bond.
Their relationship continued, with letters and visits even after Marilyn's fame made this difficult. Berniece and her daughter, Mona Rae, treasured their time spent with this beautiful young woman just starting her modeling and acting career. When Marilyn died in 1962, it was Berniece who flew to California to help Joe DiMaggio with the funeral arrangements, even picking out the dress Marilyn was buried in. In My Sister Marilyn, Berniece Baker Miracle and Mona Rae Miracle share memories of their famous relative - a story they have kept private since the early days of Marilyn's fame - and forty-two photographs and letters, most of which are published here for the first time. Their book is unlike what we have come to expect in a celebrity biography. Their purpose is the opposite of sensationalism: they want Marilyn's fans to know the warm-hearted woman they knew - the one who sent them her favorite dresses, repeatedly warned them about protecting their privacy, and tried to provide her schizophrenic mother with a home even as her own world became increasingly troubled.

& Taylor

Previously unavailable personal letters and photographs highlight an intimate portrait of the private life of Marilyn Monroe by her half-sister, describing Marilyn's early family history and the sisters' relationship throughout her career. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1994
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781565120709
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 MIRAC
Additional Contributors: Miracle, Mona Rae 1939-
Notes: Includes index


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jaimevorek82 Jun 18, 2012

Good book. You find out the real truth about Marilyn Monroe


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