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“Here I Am, Mother:
The Real Story of Marilyn Monroe”

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Miracle, Nancy (Italian-American playwright, writer, September 14, 1946-____), “Here I Am, Mother: The Real Story of Marilyn Monroe,”

a 90-minute drama in English, set on a stage, August 5, 2004, or the present,

2f (+2m optional)

; © 2004 by Nancy Miracle (for marilynmonroefoundation); • in Nancy Miracle’s Here I Am, Mother: The Real Story of Marilyn Monroe (New York: The Author, 2004 ); • script available from Books and Books, 933 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, telephone 305-532-3222, U.S.A.; also, script/rights available from marilynmonroefoundation.com; or, also, from Nancy Miracle, P.O. Box 118, New York City, New York 10116, U.S.A., telephone (home) 212-560-7505, nmiraclemm@aol.com; or, also, from Victoria Gould Pryor, agent at MacIntosh & Otis, Inc., 353 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10016, U.S.A., evvrjoanpryor@aol.com. • Cited by Nancy Miracle, via ftp, July 15, 2005; Miracle says,

§ Dramatis Personae Nancy Cusomano, aka Marilyn Monroe (f), __, ____; Nancy Miracle (f), __, Nancy’s daughter

§ Synopsis "Nancy Cusomano is dead, and her daughter, Nancy, is older than her mother when she died. Nancy’s daughter starts to tell a story from eons ago, a time before lost innocence. Namesake Nancy tells of her memories of the Marilyn Monroe, her husbands, and her life and death. She studies with Lee Strasberg. She studies at the Lyric Theatre in Little Red Riding Hood onstage 1955. An offstage voice asks, ‘Riding Hood, Riding Hood, wherefore art thou?’ Nancy’s daughter replies, ‘Here I am, Mother.’ Marilyn Monroe enters and tells her story as her daughter tells her mother’s story—the real story of an Italian-American from a large family who had a daughter out of wedlock before becoming the largest star of the twentieth century her daughter. Mother and daughter argue. Nancy’s daughter recalls Nancy in Manhattan and on Long Island with playwright-husband Arthur Miller. Marilyn Monroe tells of her relationship with baseball star-husband Joe DiMaggio. Nancy’s daughter meets her father again after many years. Witnesses recall the afternoon, May 19, 1962, that Marilyn sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden. Nancy Cusomano and her father sing lyrics from Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s opera I Pagliacci. Marilyn Monroe recites a poem and sings Dzwonek Eduardo di Capua’s ‘O Solo Mio.’ She muses, ‘In Hollywood, they’ll pay you $3,000 for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul’ and comments on current events of early sixties. Nancy Cusomano dies. Nancy's daughter recollects—somewhat. Backed by Irving Berlin’s ‘There's No Business Like Show Business,’ Nancy’s daughter and Nancy Cusomano remember all the characters now gone.

§ Comment "One scene, no changes. A table and two chairs. Mixes of taped music (‘Mambo Italiano’ and opera) and a recording of 1952 radio show of a Charlie McCarthy and Marilyn Monroe wedding, Radiola MR-1034, mono. • The play has had two readings so far, one written up in Broadway after Dark in the New York Sun and in A.M. New York. • Nancy Miracle is a published novelist and poet. A chapter of her first novel appeared in Dream Book: An Anthology of Writings by Italian-American Women, edited with an introduction by Helen Barolini (New York: Schocken Books, 1985), ISBN 0805208321, LCCN 84023503, 397 pp., that won an American Book Award in 1985. Nancy Miracle was on the cover of Library Journal in 1970 in the first novelists issue. She has been listed in Who's Who in America, The World, and American Women. • See Marilyn Monroe Foundation, P.O. Box 118, New York, New York 10116, U.S.A., P.O. Box 89676, Honolulu, Hawaii 96830, U.S.A., P.O. Box 191674, Miami Beach, Florida 33119, U.S.A., http://hometown.aol.com/nmiraclemm/index.html, accessed August 2, 2005.

§ Themes biography, Hollywood, illegitimacy, image, Marilyn Monroe as character, mother-daughter relationship. Marilyn Monroe Foundation, Marilyn Monroe's daughter.

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