Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheon: Lois Banner
Thursday, October 27, 2011 : 11:30am to 2:00pm
University Park Campus
Doheny Memorial Library
Friends of USC Libraries Lecture Hall
Admission including lunch, lecture and parking: Friends of the USC Libraries members, $50; general public, $65. Admission to 1 p.m. lecture only: free. To RSVP, go to www.usc.edu/esvp and enter the code "Marilyn".
Banner, USC professor of history and gender studies, examines the enduring legend of a cinematic icon in her book M-M Personal — From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe is our supreme icon of glamour, vulnerability, personal magnetism, and the American dream, and her legend continues to grow four decades after her death. MM — Personal is a new look behind the veil of that legend, reproducing the most fascinating relics from her private archive — once thought to have been lost, and never before revealed to the public — to clarify, qualify or reverse many common conceptions about the “blonde bombshell.”
Selected from more than 10,000 largely unseen and unpublished items from Marilyn’s own file cabinets, these documents, snapshots, letters, memorabilia and ephemera are joined by the first account of Monroe’s life since Gloria Steinem’s Marilyn to be written by a feminist historian, revealing shades of Monroe’s genius that have never before been fully understood.
Banner is the author of numerous biographies and studies of women, including American Beauty. Collaborator Mark Anderson is an internationally known editorial and commercial photographer. He has contributed to domestic and international editions of Vanity Fair, Elle, Esquire and Vogue.
The Wall Street Journal wrote that “MM — Personal offers a fascinating glimpse into an impossibly famous celebrity going about the business of living.”