Marilyn Monroe's status as one of the biggest icons of the twentieth century is undisputed, but the real Marilyn has in many ways remained a mystery. Countless books have attempted to ponder her life, but this encyclopaedia surpasses them all! With astute research and crisp writing, Adam Victor sifts through the competing versions of events throughout all of Marilyn's life and traces a young woman's inexorable path to iconhood, creating a compelling anatomy of fame in our century. This visual compendium of Marilyn's life includes hundreds of photographs by some of the world's top photographers, such as Eve Arnold, George Barris, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Milton Greene, Sam Shaw and Bert Stern, including rare, candid moments alongside the iconic images we've come to know and love. This is a one-stop resource for all of the information about Marilyn's life and films, complete with cross-referencing, a comprehensive bibliography, and an extensive name index.