Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy

October 31, 2020
Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy

A city, a movie star, and one magical year.In November of 1954 a young woman dressed plainly in a whiteoxford, dark sunglasses and a black pageboy wig boards a midnightflight from Los Angeles to New York. As the plane's engines rev shebreathes a sigh of relief, lights a cigarette and slips off her wigrevealing a tangle of fluffy blonde curls. Marilyn Monroe wasleaving Hollywood behind, and along with it a failed marriage and afrustrating career. She needed a break from the scrutiny andinsanity of LA. She needed Manhattan.In Manhattan, the most famous woman in the world can wander thestreets unbothered, spend hours at the Met getting lost in art, andafternoons buried in the stacks of the Strand. Marilyn begins tolive a life of the mind in New York; she dates Arthur Miller,dances with Truman Capote and drinks with Carson McCullers. Eventhough she had never lived there before, in New York, Marilyn ishome.In Marilyn in Manhattan, the iconic blonde bombshell isnot only happy, but successful. She breaks her contract with FoxStudios to form her own production company, a groundbreaking movethat makes her the highest paid actress in history andrevolutionizes the entertainment industry. A true love letter toMarilyn, and a joyous portrait of a city bursting with life andart, Marilyn in Manhattan is a beautifully written, livelylook at two American treasures: New York and Marilyn Monroe, andsheds new light on one of our most enduring icons.