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The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe: The Amazing True Story [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Keith Badman
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25 Sep 2010
Marilyn Monroe was a movie legend, starring in films such as The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot and, in later years, The Misfits, with Clark Gable. In 1962, this beautiful star died, legend has it from suicide. There have been many takes on the life of Marilyn Monroe but in this exceptional, highly-surprising, painstakingly researched book, Keith Badman has uncovered long-lost (or previously unseen) receipts, invoices, cuttings, files, interviews, eye-witness accounts, as well as notes that reveal the details of Marilyn Monroe's last days, and how the reality of her last two years has never fully been told. After five years of highly-meticulous research, Badman is now able to reveal the unequivocal truth about how she died and the cover-up that ensued, as well as the reality behind her rumoured 1962 remarriage to Joe DiMaggio, her final (ultimately unfinished) movie, Something's Got To Give, her jealousy of film legend, Elizabeth Taylor, her romance with the singer, Frank Sinatra, the night she sang for JFK, her deplorable July 1962 weekend at Sinatra's Cal-Neva lodge, how she was fleeced, financially by some of her supposed best-friends, her final week alive (who she saw, where she went, who she spoke to) and her well-known, Say goodbye to the President, farewell message, as well as much, much more, including her time with John and Bobby Kennedy. Using private, previously unpublished itineraries and original eye-witness accounts, Badman is able to make public, in hard-core detail, just how deeply she was involved with them and reveal the precise date of Marilyn's very first encounter with the President, thus ending the five-decade-old mystery. Badman reveals Marilyn as never seen before; the result, a deluge of stories and facts that even some of Monroe's most die-hard fan will be unaware of. For those who think they know all about her concluding years, be prepared to think again. About the Author Keith Badman is the author of eight, highly-acclaimed biographies. Accolades for his work include The Beatles After The Break-Up (1999): An awesome piece of scholarship a bible, (New Musical Express); The Beatles Off The Record (2000): Compared with some of The Beatles' later selective and polished or faulty and fading memories, this is much nearer the truth, (The Beatles' official biographer, Hunter Davies); The Beach Boys The Definitive Diary Of America's Greatest Band On Stage And In The Studio (2004) Endorsed by Beach Boys genius, Brian Wilson, Badman's book is a fine piece of work, painstakingly researched and compiled This is surely to become the pre-eminent guide to one of music's most influential bands Badman's book ranks among the very best. (Website

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (25 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906779279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779276
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith Badman has written biographies on the Beatles and The Beach Boys: An awesome piece of scholarship a bible' NME; Much nearer the truth' The Beatles' official biographer, Hunter Davies

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 9 Feb 2011
I've never written a book review for Amazon before but have just finished reading this book and I had to write and say how good it was! I'm a big Marilyn Monroe fan, have been for years and have read a few of her biographies but this book had details I had never read about before and just made the last few years of her life so real and jump out so vividly from the pages, I couldn't put it down. I've read so many different things about Marilyn it's hard to know what is true any more but this author has done his research and spent his time separating the fact from the fiction. If you are a Marilyn Monroe fan and want to know more about her you will not be disappointed, for example I never knew that she hated Los Angeles, detested the place and thought of New York as her real home. Or that she had planned to spend 6 weeks in New York in August and September of 1962 and her 'housekeeper' Eunice Murray was closing up her LA home the weekend that she died, in preparation for Marilyn leaving for New York the following week. I thought I knew a lot already but this book had so much new information. Even though we all know what happens in the end, it's so sad because reading this book you can see Marilyn still had so much to live for and that at the core of it all, she was just another human being seeking happiness and so many of the key characters and so called 'friends' in her life let her down at the very end.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By ColmMac
I picked up this book with a certain degree of cynicism having read many of the books previously written on the subject of the death of Marilyn Monroe. I expected this to be little more than a re-hash of all the old conspiracy theories linking Marilyn's death to foul play orchestrated in some way by the Kennedy brothers or by agencies out to protect the Kennedy adminstration. Thankfully Keith Badman has steered away from blindly following in the footsteps of previous authors and instead takes a fresh look at the final few years of Marilyn's life.

The author's research is meticulous and, drawing on documented evidence, quickly dispels some of the myths which have grown up about Marilyn's early childhood, her relationship with the studio executives, and of course with the Kennedy brothers. He examines the circumstances leading up to and following Marilyn's tragic death with a solid foundation of research and documentary evidence.

Overall a well written, well rearched book which is worthy of a place on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in the life and death of this movie icon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very-very interesting book 7 Jun 2011
By Anna K.
Although english is not my native language, in fact I have only studied it, I tried hard to read this book carefully and, many times, with the help of a dictionary. It is obvious that the writer has tried to present a historical book, a documentary, and not a gossip book. He reffers to specific dates, addresses, specific hours of specific days, and tries to be as precise as he can. This sometimes becomes tiring and disorients the reader from the flow of the story. Moreover, some back and forths in the narration have confused me. I repeat, english is not my native language, and this was a problem. However, it is a serious book, with no intention to harm Marilyn, on the contrary, the love of the writer for her is obvious. With very few pictures of Marilyn in it, it is a book to read and not to look at. The specific cause of her death, according to this book, was something I had never imagined. Although not clear some points for me, I recommend it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY THE HONEST AND TRUE STORY! 13 Oct 2010
By fly-rui
Since I first heard of this project I have waited anxiously for it because of the claims made by the author. But would this just be like so many others in the past or was this going to be, finally, the true story? I waited nearly 2 years for this book and when it came out I bought it straight away. Was is worth the wait? YES, YES and YES!
I encourage everyone interested in Marilyn and the "Marilyn Community" out there to read this book. What it states makes sense, is logical and easy to believe. It helped me understand so many things regarding those last days and hours of Marilyn and how everything in the correct context and time frame really does make sense after all!
Mr Keith Badman managed to do what no other author did to this day (at least that I am aware of, and I have read many of the Marilyn books out there). He told the story as it happened and I am grateful to him because now I can finaly put MY Marilyn to rest! 5 Stars!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out, not groundbreaking 4 Feb 2011
By Karen B
What I liked about this book: it's not sensationalist, it treats its subject with respect, it has some interesting new photos in it, it considers various possibilities thoroughly and overall seems well thought out.

What I don't like: it claims to be the final version of events, but falls into the same pattern as so many other Marilyn Monroe books - it chooses which pieces of evidence to believe and trust, and discards others which don't fit so well into the narrative being created. For instance, there are statements such as "she categorically did not do XXXXX because this evidence from XXXX shows she wasn't there that day"; fair enough, but if you have read widely on this subject, you will know that there was evidence from other sources which contradict this. Like one of the other reviewers, I found the description of what Badman says happened at Cal Neva truly shocking and upsetting (I think I would have avoided reading the details had I known) - and if this was the case, I am not sure whether Marilyn would want us all to know how she was humiliated.

So, as with all these books, it's a version of the truth. It's not the ultimate truth, because we are never going to get there. But it is worth a read, and a useful addition to your bookshelf if you are interested in what happened to the person who was Marilyn Monroes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FragileGoddess!!!
Fascinating book full of new information and extremely factual...didnt want it to end..
on my 3rd read ...for any Marilyn fans out there it is a must have ... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars U*ndocumented rubbish by Dr Bookworm
I had high hopes from this biography - I guess I was suckered in by the words 'The Truth, at last!'. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Dr Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars the final years of marilyn monroe
im a massive marilyn fan, this book covers in detail the last few tears of her life i learned a lot of new info on her life in those years and i thought i was an expert!
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by dawn s brewis
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent look at Marilyn's twilight
This book is a surprising interesting and engaging read. The Marilyn we meet here is not the young actress struggling to get a role, but a mature and complex woman whose... Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by K. Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars my latest review
Well, the book arrived quickly and I like it, so I can only say that I'm very much satisfied with my purchase. I guess you're not sorry to hear that. Take care. Niels.
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by Niels B.
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