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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe [Kindle Edition]

J. Randy Taraborrelli
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Beautiful, damaged, the ultimate sex symbol, publicly celebrated, privately unhappy - Marilyn Monroe's tumultuous life and untimely death continue to fascinate us. 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 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 Kennedys - Bobby, Jack and Pat Lawford Kennedy. Explosive, revelatory and surprisingly moving, this is the final word on the life of one of the most fascinating and elusive icons of the twentieth century.

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Beautiful, damaged, the ultimate sex symbol, publicly celebrated, privately unhappy - Marilyn Monroe's tumultuous life and untimely death continue to fascinate us. 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 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 Kennedys - Bobby, Jack and Pat Lawford Kennedy. Explosive, revelatory and surprisingly moving, this is the final word on the life of one of the most fascinating and elusive icons of the twentieth century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 885 KB
  • Print Length: 577 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446198188
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (18 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK22FM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think you know everything about Marilyn..... 29 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Not So Secret Life of Norma Jeane 12 Mar 2012
By A. McGrath TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I love the photo on the cover of this book, a pleasure just to open it. The title suggests 'the secret life', but how much more can be secret? Whilst the author sheds light on previous theories and opinions about the legendary star. I'm left wondering what the next book is going to tell me. It is a good read and it passed quickly, it is I believe balanced, it is obviously well researched, so if you want another account of her life, this is one of the better ones.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Secret? Really? 19 Jan 2010
By Karen B
Format:Hardcover
I have read a lot of books about Marilyn Monroe and I found this one to be well-written and a good read. For this, I would give it four stars,.

However, a lot of the "facts" are based on single person accounts, and the author is given to taking his one source at face value and thereby discounting any conflicting information with sweeping statements. As anyone who knows the life story of Marilyn Monroe knows, there are many contracting stories and while it's easier to just select one and go with that, it doesn't paint the full picture. Also, a lot of information included is taken from research he did for other books, so its effectively second hand. So, for the quality of information included, I would give it two stars, hence my three star rating.

Also, which annoyed me, when you read his acknowledgements at the back, he says he ran out of space and time to include a full list of all materials referenced (which I think affects the credibility) and that he didn't have enough space to include all the material he researched, but he might put it in the paperback! Not such a great thing to read once you have forked out for the hardback.

All in all, a good read. A few nuggets (especially about her early life pre-Jim Dougherty) but no startling revelations - I would hold out for the paperback.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The case of the invisible people 13 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
Sadly old Terrableenie does his usual nonsense, using a band of researchers (yes he pays a team to do it for him) then compiles the scribbles into a manuscript labelled as his own works, he rarely does any research himself people!
Righto.. Not only does this book quote people who don't exist, its either that or he seriously messes up the names, I won't tell you who that would be too easy...have a look for yourself..see if many of the interviewies actually exist.. there are several.

Most of the info is old news, robbed from prior biogs, which of course he fails to credit..

All in all, meandering pap.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tabloid 24 Jan 2011
By A. DEE
Format:Paperback
The author of this book is not a very coherent writer of the english language and there are plenty examples throughout the book of bad grammar and sentences that make no sense. What is most irritating though is the constant reference to 2nd hand 3rd hand and 4th hand sources. It gets to the point where it is ridiculous, what do i care what the daughter of a mental patient who stayed at the same hospital as marilyns mother thinks? Do i care what the friend of a son of a man who worked at the same studio as Marilyn for 2 weeks says she was like? Overall the sources lack credibility but the book does give a good idea of her drug dependency and insecurities but i cant say there is anything new or particularly interesting about this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly written schlock 23 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In short - don't bother.
One of the worst written biog's on a major star I've ever read.
Give it a wide berth.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best Marilyn biography 26 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a serious and considered biography of Marilyn, I learnt a lot more about her mother in particular. However I think that Donald Spoto's book 'Marilyn Monroe: the biography' is still the best Marilyn biography, It is better written and gives more consideration to her career, films and achievements. Spoto also cites all his sources more clearly than the author if this book. If you are really serious about learning more about this great actress i'd recommend the Spoto book, but this is still a good Marilyn biography.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EVEN MORE ABOUT MARILYN 4 Sep 2009
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
One would think that of all the billions of words written about Marilyn Monroe everything had been made public - at least twice. Not so we discover in The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe. Celebrity biographer Taraborrelli who is known for digging deeper than most for collecting data about his subjects really went over the top with this one. He interviewed innumerable sources, all documented in his itemized 30 pages of interviews; everyone from James Dougherty, Marilyn's first husband, to Arthur Miller, whom he found "Maddeningly difficult and not at all open, to Peter Lawford to Mitzi Gaynor.

Perhaps some of the most revelatory information found in this book comes from the files released in 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act. The author details a "truly extraordinary" 3-page document containing information by an FBI agent describing the relationship between Marilyn and Robert Kennedy.

This volume (and it is a volume - 560 pages with previously unpublished photographs) will probably stand as the ultimate word on the ill-fated star. Unfortunately, it is a sad story, sadder than many of us knew. Gladys Baker, her mother who was denied in many publicity releases, was mentally ill suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia. Marilyn's early years were spent at the Los Angeles Orphans' Home. To come from those circumstances to become one of the most famous movie stars in the world is quite a feat. Regrettably, it seems to have taken a dreadful toll as Marilyn began to deteriorate mentally.

For those who want the definitive story of the woman called the world's greatest sex symbol, here it is, filled with details and minutia from the day she was born until the hour of her untimely death. Taraborrelli has completed a yeoman's task in presenting the story of Marilyn Monroe. One only wishes it could have had a happy ending.

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
absolutely love this book .was fast delivery. nicely packaged. Love Marilyn Monroe and loved reading her biography. would definitely recommend
Published 13 days ago by Bethany
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing we didn't already know.
Yawn........Same old same old.........
Published 14 days ago by Jeff Davies
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I've only peek into this book as yet, it only arrived yesterday! But, what I have read, be it a small part, it looks good.
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best read ever worth the money great story from begining to end really enjoyed it liked it on kindle .
Published 4 months ago by david simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
Poor Marilyn Monroe. A great read. And very well written. Will read more books by this author. What to read next.
Published 7 months ago by D. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It was gripping, factual & brought the era she was in too life. Many years work went into this book with actual interviews with people closet to her. A must for any Marilyin Fan
Published 8 months ago by Tara D
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Well researched (by the authors chosen people as well as himself) and wonderfully written. This is, I think, the true story of Marilyn Monroe. Read more
Published 8 months ago by the traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing, in depth and all about Marilyn.
A true goddess and my hero. this author is amazing. RIP Marilyn Xx
Published 12 months ago by Patrick Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing book.
My first Marilyn book. I`m really enjoying the story and it`s hard to put the book down. Not much details about her sex life though but a very good overall biography.
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