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From New York Times-bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli comes the definitive biography of the most enduring icon in popular American culture.

When Marilyn Monroe became famous in the 1950s, the world was told that her mother was either dead or simply not a part of her life. However, that was not true. In fact, her mentally ill mother was very much present in Marilyn's world and the complex family dynamic that unfolded behind the scenes is a story that has never before been told... until now. In this groundbreaking book, Taraborrelli draws complex and sympathetic portraits of the women so influential in the actress' life, including her mother, her foster mother, and her legal guardian. He also reveals, for the first time, the shocking scope of Marilyn's own mental illness, the identity of Marilyn's father and the half-brother she never knew, and new information about her relationship with the Kennedy's-Bobby, Jack, and Pat Kennedy Lawford. Explosive, revelatory, and surprisingly moving, this is the final word on the life of one of the most fascinating and elusive icons of the 20th century.

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"After half a century of Marilyn Monroe books, beginning with Maurice Zolotow's interviews of her for his 1960 biography, it's hard to imagine any revelations about the actress, but Taraborrelli — who's written bios of Grace Kelly, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra — tackles that problem with what he refers to as 'fresh research.' For instance, thanks to files released in 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act, Taraborrelli details the 'truly extraordinary' three-page document in which an unnamed FBI agent described the 'romance and sex affair' between Monroe and RFK. Rather than the usual bibliographic listings, Taraborrelli cites only a few key books. Instead, he itemizes 30 pages of interviews explaining how he contacted sources close to the subject (e.g., approaching Dean Martin in a restaurant; talking with the historians he calls 'the true experts'). In addition to interviews with everyone from Janet Leigh to Secret Service agents, Taraborrelli read the unpublished notes and interviews of reporters from the 1950s. As Taraborrelli brushes away cobwebs of myth and rumor, his remarkable research and fluid writing captures Marilyn's lan, sensitivity, desperation and despair with a haunting intimacy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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From New York Times-bestselling author Taraborrelli comes this explosive, revelatory, and surprisingly moving biography of the most enduring icon in popular American culture.

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Bill Pullmen, August 29, 2009 (view all comments by Bill Pullmen)
Think you know everything about Marilyn.....

As a huge fan of MM I thought I knew just about all there was to know about this fascinating lady, but Taraborrelli proved me wrong. Using fresh research, including some files recently released by the government, the author adds more color to the affair between Marilyn and President Kennedy, info supplied by an FBI agent who was documenting the affair at the time it occurred! He also interviewed many of the main players from Marilyn’s world (many no longer with us) and he was able to review unpublished notes of reporters who covered Marilyn when she was alive. Taraborrelli ‘s extensive research pays off with one of the most insightful books on Marilyn ever produced. The reader learns of the role Marilyn’s mother actually played in her life; I won’t give anything away but it is much more extensive than the public ever knew. I was also shocked to learn of the depth of Marilyn’s mental problems, I mean any one familiar with her life story knows she had issues, but I never suspected how sick she truly was. This is not just a rehash of old material and I highly recommend it to all interested in this icon’s story. For more fascinating Marilyn Monroe reading, do check out “Misfits Country” Marilyn brought to life during the filming of her final movie.
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ISBN:
9780446580823
Author:
Taraborrelli, J. Randy
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General
Subject:
Monroe, Marilyn
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
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Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.10x5.90x2.10 in. 1.85 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After half a century of Marilyn Monroe books, beginning with Maurice Zolotow's interviews of her for his 1960 biography, it's hard to imagine any revelations about the actress, but Taraborrelli — who's written bios of Grace Kelly, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra — tackles that problem with what he refers to as 'fresh research.' For instance, thanks to files released in 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act, Taraborrelli details the 'truly extraordinary' three-page document in which an unnamed FBI agent described the 'romance and sex affair' between Monroe and RFK. Rather than the usual bibliographic listings, Taraborrelli cites only a few key books. Instead, he itemizes 30 pages of interviews explaining how he contacted sources close to the subject (e.g., approaching Dean Martin in a restaurant; talking with the historians he calls 'the true experts'). In addition to interviews with everyone from Janet Leigh to Secret Service agents, Taraborrelli read the unpublished notes and interviews of reporters from the 1950s. As Taraborrelli brushes away cobwebs of myth and rumor, his remarkable research and fluid writing captures Marilyn's lan, sensitivity, desperation and despair with a haunting intimacy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From New York Times-bestselling author Taraborrelli comes this explosive, revelatory, and surprisingly moving biography of the most enduring icon in popular American culture.
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