Great Lives Lecture Series: Marilyn Monroe

Book cover of Fragments by Marilyn Monroe

The University of Mary Washington's 2013 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, February 26, with a lecture on Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe by Carl Rollyson, author of Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress.

Find out more about this lecture on the University of Mary Washington's web site.

All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are held at 7:30pm, in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, and are free and open to the public.

For more on this topic, check out these items from the library:

Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe
This work is a collection of Marilyn Monroe's written artifacts, notes to herself, letters, even poems, in her own handwriting, never before published, along with rarely seen intimate photos. These bits of text, jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on hotel letterhead, reveal a woman who loved deeply and strove to perfect her craft.  (catalog summary)

Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe by Anthony Summers
Published in 1985.  “An important contribution to the literature that seeks to explain and understand the fragile psyche of this truly and tragically wounded soul.” (

Joe & Marilyn: A Memory of Love by Roger Kahn
The author of the acclaimed baseball book The Boys of Summer, gives us insight into the relationship between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress by Carl Rollyson
A refreshing analysis and appreciation of Marilyn Monroe's enduring and, until now, underestimated gifts.  (

Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed by Michelle Morgan
A comprehensive and meticulously research treasure trove of information that brings to light the ordinary domestic details to the countless controversies of Marilyn Monroe’s life.  (catalog summary)

Monroe:  Her Life in Pictures by James Spada
A photoessay of Marilyn Monroe’s life.

My Week with Marilyn by Colin Clark (book, eAudiobook, and DVD)
This volume contains two works by Clark.  One is a diary of events during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl, and the other a remembrance of his week in the English countryside with Marilyn Monroe.

Numerous Marilyn Monroe feature films are available at the library, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Misfits, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot.

Biographical essays and literary criticism are available online through the library’s databases.  Visit