By John R. Quain
Updated July 14, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Following Marilyn Monroe’s death in 1962, the public’s interest in the lusty goddess quickly turned to sympathy for foster child Norma Jean Baker. Based on a coffee-table tome, Bernard of Hollywood’s Marilyn, more a scrapbook than a revealing biography, follows the same path. Surprisingly, portrait photographer Bernard’s notes about Monroe’s dealings with studio execs turn out to be the highlight. The dozen video clips, including her sexy presidential-birthday performance, could be more extensive, and the German-accented narrator is a silly embellishment (it’s not Bernard’s voice). But fans will appreciate the sympathetic tone and extended lamentations over Norma Jean’s loss of innocence. C+

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