Marilyn Monroe, On the Couch, Inside the mind and life of Marilyn Monroe.
By Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
One of the things I liked about this book is the fact that, Dr. Bond did a lot of research and has made each conversation believable. This book may be fiction but by all accounts the things Marilyn could have said; I can resonate with Dr. Bond getting them right. This story is Marilyn talking to her shrink and what was said.
The books starts with a little girl named Norma Jeane Mortenson. Her mother suffered from mental illness and was in and out of mental hospitals all of Norma Jeane’s life. The child was left with friends sometimes and then orphanages at other times. Norma Jeane was a very sensitive little girl. The sexual things that happened to her stayed with her, her whole life. She felt like she was never good enough never smart enough and love never lasted. Her own father she had never met and she had a tendency to become attracted to older men. I was surprised that she had a death wish. Life did not really matter to her. She expressed her feelings in poems she wrote. Or took poems of other author’s and she would change some of the words to fit her life. People can say a lot of bad things about her, but everything she did related back to her childhood and what happened. She wanted to become a very good actress and a mom. She got her first wish but was never able to have a child of her own. She was the sexiest, most beautiful woman of her time but plaque by the way her life lead her. I was born in 1951, and remember my dad and mom talking about the way she died. They think that President JFK and his brother Bobby were responsible for her death. I don’t have an answer for that, but do know she finally got her wish. She went to sleep and never woke up again. To me she was a delicate butterfly who finally got to spread her wings and fly. Excellent book!