September 28, 2010
September 28, 2010
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.
Entertainment journalist J. Randy Taraborrelli has fascinated readers by revealing the hidden sides of Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Jackson in his previous biographies. Here he turns his attention to the most captivating, the most glamorous, and the most mysterious movie star of the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe, whose secrets have already filled dozens of lesser biographies. Using freshly declassified government documents and numerous interviews with the people who knew Marilyn best, Taraborrelli has uncovered an astonishing array of new details about Marilyn's life, including the identity of her father and half-brother and specific evidence of her affairs with both John and Robert Kennedy. Most poignantly, Taraborrelli provides a full account of Marilyn's secret relationship with her disturbed mother, who suffered from a hereditary form of mental illness which likely contributed to Marilyn's fatal overdose. Thanks to a riveting mix of beauty, success and distress, the legend of Marilyn Monroe lives on, and Taraborrelli's investigative triumph seems likely to remain the definitive account of her remarkable life.
- Genre: Biography + Autobiography
- Subgenre: Entertainment + Performing Arts
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
- Online Item #: 12700433
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-1870
- ISBN: 9780446198189
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported