Marilyn is an American icon. Why? What is it that her image captures? Beauty? Stardom? Sex appeal? Innocence? Is it the stereotype of the 'dumb blonde' or the feminist mastery of her own image? Is she a tragic hero victimized by her own success, or a cultural meme cast into the film of a life never quite real, never quite her own? Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, John F. Kennedy.... They're there too--allure or love, by whom for what? Who or what controls the splash of an American icon?