on 30 April 2013
I enjoyed this book which looked at the last years of her life, and more importantly at the final days of Marilyn Monroe. It is an extremely well researched book,and gives evidence to all the statements that the author Keith Badman makes. It gives an interestiong insight into the cause of death,accident not suicide. Nobody seems to come out of the story with much credit,except her second husband Joe Di Maggio,though the reasons that Marilyn Monroe gives for not wanting to remarry Joe convey a control freak,and selfish man.
Probably it is important that the reader looks at a more comprehensive picture of Monroe's life to obtain a general framework to her life,but then reads this book which I believe gives the truest analysis of final days and death.The book managed to convey much of the sadness of Marilyn Monroe's life, and at the end I felt that she was a much abused person,who somehow never quite came to terms with her success,and the image that was portrayed of her by Hollywood and the film studios,and that she sadly had few real friends-A sad reflection on a famous and iconic figure of the 20th century
on 14 May 2013
I have read about 15 books on Marilyn monroe, and it is her final months and curious death that interest me most. This book is a good read with loads of details about Monroe that I had not read previously which is always a bonus..however.....the author dismisses that she had a relationship with Bobby Kennedy, and claims that she only ever had one sexual encounter with John Kennedy..something that is strange to suggest considering the amount of eye witness accounts over the years that have come to light. It is really played down and using "facts" such as to say Kennedy couldnt have met Marilyn on such and such a day as he was officially with his family on a trip etc does not wash as a powerful president has ways to slip away, such as the attorney general did slip away to her house on the night she dies, as witnessed by her neighbours...The book also claims she accidently overdosed, something that by medical autopsy reports and the strange goings on in her house that night do tend to point to murder...I think reading this has made me realise that we will never actually know what happened to Marilyn that night as all the evidence was destroyed, people are afraid to talk and have been silenced and forever change their stories...all in all though, its an interesting read and is well written and whatever you believe happened its another take on the matter, some aspects being believable and some not so much. Glad I purchased, love reading different points of views on this subject.
on 26 October 2014
Worried about how he would /could possible know what happened between Lawford ,B,Kennedy ,and Marilyn ,I her bedroom , saying Lawford"slapped " her and she fell to the ground sobbing ,,,,how could he know ,,they wouldn't have told him ??? Things like that concern me bout this otherwise good book ,,I knew Marilyn for 3years. From 1958 /1962 ,,when I was also appearing at the Greek Theatre ,,,,kindness in the extreme ,,, from my meeting her on the set of "Some like it Hot " (I was an extra ,,, )" fresh out of the Australian army ,,,,,,! (aged27 ) to the Saturday I left for San Francisco ,,,,,,always ,I found , Norma Jeane ,,,,,never M,M ,,,,,,xx