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The book I've been waiting for!,
This review is from: Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed (Hardcover)
I love this book. I received mine several days ago and couldn't wait to read it. I have finally finished and just wanted to share my thoughts. Firstly, the book is beautiful. Hardbacked with glossy pages and many, many photos - ones I had never seen before in most cases. The content of the book obviously tells Marilyn's story from birth to death, so being a Marilyn fan for many years, I obviously know her story very well, but this book brought many new stories, interviews and information - so I learnt a lot more about Marilyn's life than I knew before. I live in England and I loved the bit about her trip as it has fan stories from people who met her, even for the briefest moment, down to co-stars and her housekeeper. The first part of the book is about her childhood and the terrible struggles she had. I thought the account of the orphanage was very special because not much has been known about this before, and Michelle really describes it well - and interviews a person who was there at the same time. I was intrigued by the comments of the 'reviewer' who said they doubted the credibility of the witness here. I didn't think he was saying that Marilyn had made up her terrible childhood - I took it that he was describing what he saw when he was there and what he was doubting was the studio biographies. That's what I read anyway. I e-mailed to ask Michelle about this person and several others in the book, and she very kindly wrote back and explained how she found her witnesses. She said that the orphanage person was found through an article sent to her by the orphanage itself, plus she also interviewed the grandson of the headmistress of the orphanage too. I thought this was really cool, that she would go to those lengths to get new sources and information. But then that's what all good biographers should do! Pity not all Marilyn authors have gone that far!
I loved this book thoroughly. I cannot tell you how much I loved it! I have wanted a book like this for many years, and now that I've found it, I'll be reading it again and again. I would recommend it to any Marilyn fan - I truly belief this is the closest to the truth as we can possibly get.