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Letter: Seeing another side of Marilyn

Actress Marilyn Monroe smiles for the camera a

Actress Marilyn Monroe smiles for the camera a few weeks before she died in July, 1962. Credit: Getty Images

In response to "There's something about Marilyn" [Fanfare, July 29], I would like to point out that biographies and sensationalized media reports almost always highlight Marilyn Monroe's visual images and controversies in her personal life. Since her death 50 years ago, the late actress has been dehumanized to a degree and little attention is paid to her as a person. I am a person who stutters, and I am always amazed that there is little if any coverage given to the fact that Monroe struggled with stuttering.

As is well documented, the actress stuttered as a child and later the stuttering returned for a bit in high school. Some people theorize that she learned to talk in a breathy way from her childhood speech therapist to avoid stuttering, and this speech became her trademark as an actress.

Also, while under stress in the final weeks of her life due to crises in her personal life, her stuttering returned and she had trouble giving her lines in her last film, "Something's Got To Give," which was never completed.

Michael A. Crisci, Astoria

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