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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

by J. Randy Taraborrelli

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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2009
    576 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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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.

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"Starred Review. Taraborrelli brushes away cobwebs of myth and rumor, his remarkable research and fluid writing captures Marilyn's élan, sensitivity, desperation and despair with a haunting intimacy." - Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

"Starred Review. This will probably stand as the definitive Monroe biography; highly recommended." - Library Journal

"A painful and engrossing account of the profoundly damaged personality at the heart of the world's greatest sex symbol." - Kirkus Reviews

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J. Randy Taraborrelli

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.

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