Sex appeal: Monroe had it, all right. And sometimes that' s all people could see: "The trouble is being a sex symbol means being a " thing." " But she was, in reality, a complex, talented, and troubled woman. You can almost hear Marilyn' s soft, breathy voice rising from these pages as the screen goddess discusses her difficult childhood, feelings of worthlessness, opinions on men, relationships with her co-stars, decision to train with famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg, and turbulent personal life. Gloria Steinem provides her uniquely feminist and sympathetic perspective on Monroe' s persona.McDonough, Yona Zeldis is the author of 'Coffee With Marilyn Monroe ', published 2007 under ISBN 9781844835102 and ISBN 1844835103.