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A Psychological Autopsy of Marilyn Monroe
A psychological review of famous actress Marilyn Monroe's life.
# 153221 | 911 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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The paper provides details on the psychological autopsy of Marilyn Monroe, who apparently committed suicide. The paper reviews the life experiences of her grandparents that include insanity, illness, suicide and unstable marriages, and then looks at Monroe's mother who became mentally ill after giving birth to Marilyn. The paper reveals that Marilyn lived in twelve foster homes and even in an orphanage, and her father was a drug addict. The paper reveals other important pieces of the psychological autopsy that paints a picture of a person whose various family members were either mentally unstable or unfit to raise a child.

A Psychological Autopsy on Marilyn Monroe

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"Noted author Lisa Appignanesi believes that "iconic celebrity patients" have in some cases had their psychoanalysts serve as stand-in mothers and fathers, since those troubled celebrities did not have a full and healthy childhood experience. In Monroe's case, her high-profile analyst "even deviated from technique to make Marilyn part of his family" (Webster, 2009, p. 794). According to Appignanesi, interviewed in the journal Women's Studies by Brenda Webster, Monroe had a "borderline personality disorder" and was "trapped in excess, a fuddle of pills, and a sexual image which rebounded on her own sense of her sexuality" (Webster, p. 793).
"Appignanesi, whose recent, highly acclaimed book (Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors) references Monroe's childhood, asserts that in the research Monroe's childhood "left her with scars that were constantly re-opened in her experience of men" (p. 793). The "Daddy" was "never altogether available or to be found again" in the men she married and those she loved, Appignanesi states.
"Author Ted Schwarz (Marilyn Revealed: The Ambitious Life of an American Icon) delves into the psychological aspects of Monroe's grandparents, Otis and Della May Monroe. In his middle years Otis became "irrationally belligerent" and very confused after contracting "neurosyphilis" and other viruses, and was placed in the Southern California State [mental] Hospital (Schwarz, 2009, p. 28)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lewis, Jone Johnson. "Marilyn Monroe Biography." About.com. Retrieved February 27, 2011,From http://womenshistory.about.com.
  • Marshall, David. The DD Group: An Online Investigation Into the Death of Marilyn Monroe. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2005.
  • Nickell, Joe, and Fischer, John F. Crime Science: Methods of Forensic Detection. Lexington,KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1999.
  • Webster, Brenda. "An Interview with Lisa Appignanesi, Author of Mad, Bad and Sad: Womenand the Mind Doctors." Women's Studies Vol. 38 (2009): 791-798.

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