MARILYN MONROE, American actress born (d. 1962); Poor Norma Jean. Packaged and sold around the globe as a male wet dream, exploited even after death by necrophiliac writers, great and small, vilified in a gross and pompous play by her former husband, is it any wonder that she once found a rare moment of comfort in an affair with a female drama coach?

Of the mountain of words written about her, this one nugget, mined from an otherwise useless book by her personal maid, seems to make good psychological sense. And isn’t it interesting that the incident should be related in the book written about her by another woman? Marilyn’s half sister Bernice Baker Miracle wrote a better book about her, My Sister Marilyn, a Memoir of Marilyn Monroe.