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In 'Marilyn Forever,' Monroe yearns to be merely herself
In 'Marilyn Forever,' Monroe yearns to be merely herself

Marilyn Monroe was a figure of fascination whose allure went far beyond any fascination with her figure. Hers was the appeal of a divine beauty of outer form and inner substance, yet she proved too vulnerable to endure. Did men use her and destroy her? Did the avidity of pop culture do the job? Were signs of a prescription drug overdose found near her unclad body in her Brentwood home in 1962 reasons to believe a self-destructive 36-year-old had committed suicide, or was there something more sinister? These are questions for opera, the art form that when responsibly practiced can go where biography doesn't dare. Gavin Bryars' "Marilyn Forever," given its first U.S....

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