The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli

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A painful and engrossing account of the profoundly damaged personality at the heart of the world’s greatest sex symbol.
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From New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli comes the definitive biography of the most enduring icon in popular American culture.

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 before 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 Kennedy's-Bobby, Jack, and Pat Kennedy Lawford. Explosive, revelatory, and surprisingly moving, this is the final word on the life of one of the most fascinating and elusive icons of the 20th Century.
 

About J. Randy Taraborrelli

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J. Randy Taraborrelli is a respected journalist, a recognizable entertainment personality, and in-demand guest on many television programs. He is the bestselling author of eight books. Taraborrelli is a reporter for the Times (London), Paris Match, and The Daily Mail (UK) and a contributor to Redbook, McCall's, and Good Housekeeping.
 
Published August 5, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 577 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

A painful and engrossing account of the profoundly damaged personality at the heart of the world’s greatest sex symbol.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Peter Conrad on Sep 26 2009

The poverty of Taraborrelli's vocabulary reveals the feebleness of his understanding...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 20 2009

...remarkable research and fluid writing captures Marilyn's élan, sensitivity, desperation and despair with a haunting intimacy.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Lorinda Chamberlain on Sep 14 2009

This book is a must for fans and a searing insight to one of the most famous women on earth.

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The Washington Post

Above average
Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley on Aug 30 2009

Her story is inexpressibly sad, and even in the hands of one as inept as Taraborrelli it retains its power.

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The Telegraph

Good
Reviewed by Christopher Silvester on Oct 03 2009

No one can accuse Taraborrelli of a lack of diligence in his research, or of failing to challenge existing assumptions...

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The Anniston Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Lance Hicks on Jan 07 2011

...Taraborrelli seems to understand the fragility of his topic and, therefore, never condescends to condemning either Monroe or her hard-living associates.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirsten on Feb 10 2013

All in all, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe was an excellent book.

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