My Sister Marilyn: A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe by Berniece Baker MiracleFew people know that Marilyn Monroe had a sister, and even fewer know the story of their relationship during Marilyns 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.
There was no sign of any father — officially unknown, though Baker would insist for years that it was a Consolidated Studios co-worker named Charles Stanley Gifford — nor of the baby girl's grandmother, Della Monroe, though she had at least arranged things with the Bolenders before running off to India. The sad dropoff and departure marked the first fracture in the troubled relationship between the girl who would become world famous as Marilyn Monroe and her mother, one that rarely found solid ground in the plus years they knew one another. Despite the inauspicious beginnings, Monroe's early years were the most stable of her life. The devoutly religious Ida ran the household with a firm but compassionate grasp, and the girl grew close to her foster brothers and sisters. Furthermore, this was the period when Baker was most devoted to her well-being.
Famous for playing comic " blonde bombshell " characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the s and early s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality. Born and raised in Los Angeles , Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at the age of While working in the Radioplane Company in as part of the war effort during World War II , she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modeling career. The work led to short-lived film contracts with Twentieth Century-Fox — and Columbia Pictures After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in Over the next two years, she became a popular actress and had roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business , and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don't Bother to Knock.
We had been writing to each other over the years and had exchanged pictures, but we had never met face to face.
all that really matters is christmas with you
On the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death, her niece recalls the bubbly teenage visitor she came to adore. Then the five-year-old bit her lip nervously as the teenage beauty with tumbling chestnut locks lowered her camera, sighed and walked towards her smiling. Bend one knee so you look a little curvy And how Marilyn had been planning to remarry just before she died. Mona even reveals the real reason why the aunt who loved dressing her up and painting her nails changed her hair to become the world-famous Blonde Bombshell. But her earliest recollections of the fragile, bubbly Norma Jean are the ones she cherishes most.
Born on June 1, , Marilyn Monroe survived a tragic childhood and went on to become one of Hollywood's most beloved icons. Overcoming a tragic childhood and an early marriage at age 16, she went on to become one of the most well-known and in-demand actresses of the s. Her maternal grandfather had died when her mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe, was just 7 and her grandmother died when Marilyn was just 1 year old. Who were the Monroes? What was their family story? The trail of records we found on Ancestry and on other websites take us back to Mexico, to the Civil War, and early Indiana pioneers.
She was very beautiful.. She loved people, she loved animals and she was very serious about her work. Accounts conflict about how much contact there was between the half sisters over the years. We have nothing in common. She is married to an airplane engineer. I am not sure where he lives.