Author: Alma H. Bond, Ph.D

Publisher: Bancroft Press
ISBN: 978-1-61088-108-1

(Review of Advanced Review Copy of the book)

Marilyn Monroe died on August 5th 1962 and if she were alive today she would have been 87. We all know her as one of the most famous sexpots that ever lived and that she starred in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. Today, If we check out, we will discover that there are over 13,000 products associated with her name in one way or another. Why are we still obsessed with her? And with all her notoriety, do we really know the real Marilyn Monroe who never met her biological father and whose mother was placed in a state mental institution, where she remained for much of her life, when Marilyn was only seven years of age. Sadly, Marilyn always claimed that she was born a mistake and that her mother never wanted her.

Using her experiences and skills as a psychoanalyst for over thirty-seven years coupled with her vast research, Alma H. Bond has presented through the voice of a fictitious Manhattan psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcey Dale a unique and striking picture of Marilyn Monroe with her recent tome Marilyn Monroe ON THE COUCH: Inside the mind and life of Marilyn Monroe.

Bond embraces much of which is familiar to her subject, as a great deal has already been exposed by the various media, nonetheless, taken as a whole, her approach allows for readers to get a better understanding of this Hollywood icon. It also provides us a clearer insight concerning the human mind and emotions as well as bringing up the old nature versus nurture debate where it is not exactly clear when it comes to explaining a person's behavior, intelligence, and personality.

In Marilyn's case we cannot say for certain that because her mother was mentally ill that this gene was passed onto her daughter. Neither can we attribute with absolute certainty that her unstable behavior was the result of being sexually abused as a child or that she was kicked around from one foster home to another as well as being placed in an orphanage? Probably, both sides of the debate are correct in their assessments of Marilyn as we are to discover from these imaginary psychoanalysis sessions which stretched over seven years from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.

Dr. Dale informs us that she had been in practice for thirty-seven years when she received Marilyn as a patient whom she describes as being “the loveliest, most famous, complicated, and most difficult patient of my long and high successful career.” It is all of these traits and more that readers will be exposed to in Bond's book including Marilyn's takes concerning her failed marriages, her turbulent acting career, her liaisons with famous personalities as John F. Kennedy, her unpredictable moods, her dependence on drugs and alcohol, her several attempts at suicide, her relationship of Lee Strasberg, and many more that will maintain your interest.

An engrossing exploration of a tortured and troubled actress that even today leaves us with more questions than answers. And no doubt the “what if” questions always looms in the back of our minds as we would be asking what would she be like if she were alive today?

About the Author: Alma H. Bond, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and the author of 19 published books. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, graduated from the post-doctoral program in psychoanalysis at the Freudian Society, and was a psychoanalyst in private practice for thirty-seven years in New York City. She "retired" to become a full-time writer.

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