The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

By J. Randy Taraborrelli (Hardcover Book, 2009)
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.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $35.99 US/$38.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446505413

    • On Sale Date: 08/25/2009

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    • Imprint: Grand Central Publishing

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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.

J. Randy Taraborrelli is a respected journalist, a recognizable entertainment personality, and in-demand guest on many television programs including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN Headline News. He is the bestselling author of thirteen books.
  • GREAT REVIEWS FOR ELIZABETH AND J. RANDY TARABORRELLI:

    "A superb storyteller who is also an enthusiastic fan...Taraborrelli's chatty prose (and bite size chapters) perfectly complement Taylor's glamorous life...to create an irresistible and inspiring tale."
    --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "Earnest, well-researched, affectionate."
    --Liz Smith

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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $35.99 US/$38.99 CAN
  • Pages: 976
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446505413
  • On Sale Date: 08/25/2009
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe