- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475101406
- ISBN-13: 978-1475101409
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,000,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret Paperback – 16 May 2012
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About the Author
Tony Jerris is a playwright, author, and screenwriter from New York. His off-Broadway play TELL VERONICA! ran in New York City before premiering in Los Angeles. His other New York credits include his play “The Hostesses,” which he later adapted into a short film, earning him a spot in the 2007 Big Damn Film Festival. His musical “Gina’s Parole” showcased at the New York Dramatist’s Guild and ASCAP Musical Festival, before winning a spot in The Peekaboo Festival in New York. As an author, Tony created a trilogy of children’s books. The first in the series, “The Littlest Spruce,” was featured on Good Morning America. He adapted the third book in the series, “The Littlest Witch,” into a musical that is licensed by Steele Spring LLC. His screenplays have placed in The Nicholl Fellowship Awards, The Project Greenlight Screenwriting Contest, and The Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Tony currently lives in Los Angeles where he has several new film projects in pre-production, including "The Potters" & "Lost Claus."
Top Customer Reviews
paper claims that Marilyn Monroe was
engaged in a sexual relationship with a
female minor. The woman who
allegedly confided this information to
the author passed away in 2007 so
obviously cannot confirm these tawdry
revelations. Marilyn is long gone and
seen as an easy target to exploit by
shameless individuals wanting to cash
in on one of the biggest stars of the
20th century. This book just happens to
coincide with a sudden rush of
publishings due to renewed interest in
the iconic actress as the 50th
anniversary of her death approaches,
some are little gems, many are awful,
but this one sinks to a new low. To any
fans actually considering adding this to
their collection - seriously, don't bother.
It genuinely saddens me that a book
like this could be the first thing a new
fan of Marilyn will read.... so please -
avoid this one like the plague.
As for the actual story the author has written, it's ridiculous. I would also question the writers sexual preferences because to make up such a story and write as if this is acceptable behavior makes you wonder if he participates in illegal acts of sexul depravity himself by glorifying paedophiles with his sordid story.
I wouldn't normally review something I didn't like but feel I have to warn people not to waste their money. Unless you enjoy stories about adults engaging in sex with minors under the age of consent.
Publishing has sunk to an all time low!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Upon receiving the book I began flipping around reading passages here and there. First I find out that Jane was at the 2nd sitting with Marilyn & Burt Stern in 1962 & during a break chatted with Marilyn & self-consciously snapped a few of her own photos with her "tiny camera..." Yeah, right Jane ~ Why weren't they included in the book?
Reading on ~ The night of Marilyn's death Jane drove her car over to the 5th Helena Dr. & saw Joe who spotted Jane "...and we made eye contact. His face flashed in anger as he moved quickly in my direction." (Joe? Joe DiMaggio? He wasn't even there that night!) Of course I discovered why Joe was angry at Jane by reading just a tad further...of course Jane & Marilyn were "...more than just friends." But Joe comforted her anyway! (Such a Kind-Hearted Man!)
The next and final passage I read was a slight description of their lovemaking (not for the first time I am assuming...) because they both tell the other that they must have been practicing because their skill set is much improved! (BARF!)
Are these just Jane's fantasies about Marilyn? The book is not labeled fiction or a novel but I will never know because I refuse to read any more of this garbage. I want it completely understood however ~ being Gay or Lesbian, Bi-sexual or the matter of sexual experimentation is NOT the issue here. I am offended that this book is another attempt to use Marilyn for personal gain (ala' Robert Slatzer style ~ Taking one photo with Marilyn & creating a life-time friendship out of it...)and I am so sorry I contributed anything toward it.
I am 35 and I've only seen one Marilyn Monroe film, but like millions of others, she impacted me deeply. Her strength, charisma, passion, beauty... it hurts me to know she had so much mental anguish and died so very young. I wish I had been alive when she was, to see her in real time, even if just through the television screen.
Jane was also a remarkable woman and the love between her and Marilyn was potent. The amount of detail Jane was able to recall during the years they were friends, left me without a single doubt that her story is nothing but the complete truth. I've read some of the hater remarks about this book. Those people just feel more cozy staying safe in the sanctity of their box. For them it's too hard to step outside the lines of their comfort zone.
It annoys me that many people wrote off Marilyn's sexual interest in women as "her seducing a 14 year old" and saying their relationship was a lie. I did not perceive it as an older woman seducing a young girl. I think the timing was right when it finally happened, it was consensual and beautiful. Once you read it through Jane's perspective, you will gain a better insight.
I thank the author, Tony Jerris for writing this wonderful book. It means so much to me to know about Marilyn on a more intimate, truthful level. I loved Marilyn for a zillion reasons, but I admired her most for being a trailblazer, a true free spirit and for her progressive thinking in an era where women had very little clout. The world really did lose her too soon and although I knew the inevitable truth as I was reading and nearing the end, I literally bawled the last four chapters.
My Little Secret was well done and I can see that Tony carefully constructed it with a ton of research. My hope is that Jane and Marilyn are together again. Somewhere or someplace peaceful. Please do yourself a favor and get this book so you can experience the magic of these words and this fabulous story!!