August 5, 1962 the beautiful, vivacious actress and poster girl Marilyn Monroe was found dead. Fifty years to the day tomorrow. I've probably shared this story before, but I'll say it again anyway! The first time I 'met' Marilyn was at a friends house. I can't remember how old I was, late middle school. early high school years perhaps.
Her dad was a Marilyn fan and I remember seeing a picture of this beautiful woman who looked like no-one I'd ever really seen before. I loved old films as a child. Maybe it was partly because I had a tiny black and white portable TV, but I got so much enjoyment out of them. I thought Dirk Bogarde was most handsome. Back then you couldn't see a name and just google it. If you wanted to know something it took effort. You either had to ask someone or look it up in a book! So I looked up who this woman in the picture was, and saw that she was an actress who died very young and there were conspiracy theories surrounding her death. Now that I'm older, I'm still as fascinated with her as I was that first time I saw her. I find her totally mesmerising. She is an intriguing mix of beauty and fragility.
A new book looking back at her life provides some wonderful insights in to her world. Marilyn Remembered - The Official Treasures 1926-1962, is a book filled with photographs and pull out and keep items such as dress designs, a copy of a divorce certificate and a love letter. Now some of these item seem slightly too personal to have ended up as copies in a book, but one can't help being slightly intrigued by them all the same.....
The book comes in a presentation case, making it a keepsake as much as just a book. I especially enjoyed the chapter The Egghead and the Hourglass.
''This is the first time I've been really in love. Arthur is a serious man, but he has a wonderful sense of humour We laugh and joke a lot.''
Each chapter opens with a quote from the lady herself, there's plenty of reading material in this book, but it a substantial coffee table sized book that's bursting with images. So many beautiful images, that at times I found myself skipping the reading altogether and turning the pages just so I could see more.
An emotional but beautiful read. Marilyn Remembered - The official treasures 1926-1962 by Cindy De La Hoz published by Carlton Books. £35, available in all good bookshops and online