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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  315 ratings  ·  25 reviews
At last, the true and complete story of Marilyn Monroe's final days can be told. This riveting, headline-making, myth-shattering book, based on thousands of newly discovered documents, hours of newly available footage from her final film, and over 300 revealing new interviews, is a detailed and astonishing account of what really happened during the last fourteen weeks in t ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Signet (first published July 27th 1992)
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"I'm a failure as a woman," she said. "My men expect so much of me, because of the image they've made of me--and that I've made of myself--as a sex symbol. They expect so much, and I can't live up to it. They expect bells to ring and whistles to whistle, but my anatomy is the same as any other woman's and I can't live up to it."

I think to many, Marilyn Monroe still epitomizes female sexuality and sensuality and for good reason. How ironic then that a woman no man could resist found herself jil
C.S. Burrough
Regardless of its seeming irrelevance in the fifty year blizzard of Marilyn biographies, I was unable to put down this curled and yellowed artifice, lent to me by a diehard fan, complete with pressed and mummified cockroach legs. So many Marilyn pieces are unreadable pulp non-fiction. This one earned its place in that handful of standout efforts.

Easy flowing, unpretentious yet thoroughly slick, the quality of workmanship held me throughout. Whilst lacking the glitzy hallmarks of more iconic, ful
Heather V
Jan 15, 2015 Heather V rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fan of Marilyn or Old Hollywood, people interested in the Kennedys, anyone with an open mind
I never expected to come out of a book feeling remotely sorry for the weasel otherwise known as Peter Lawford, but...well, there it is. This book is full of surprises, the portrait of Lawford among the least significant. What's really mind-blowing is how exhaustive the research is between these covers, and how disturbingly persuasive the case is for believing that Marilyn Monroe did not die by her own hand - intentionally or accidentally - that August night half a century ago.

Long review ahoy. H
Nov 28, 2007 Graceann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Biography Fans
Shelves: film-history
This book concentrates on the filming of Marilyn's never-completed final film, "Something's Got to Give," and sheds new light on what, at first glance, might have been an old story. Studio politics, the budget over-runs of Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton "Cleopatra," and changing times all played a role during that fateful summer, and things are not at all what they seemed at the time. Fascinating reading.
Oct 04, 2009 Jesika rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all marilyn fans
Recommended to Jesika by: my old landlord gave it to me when he found out I too was a Mari
Shelves: books-owned
She was MURDERED! Any fan of Marilyn MUST read this book!!!!!!!!!
A.M. Torres
I enjoyed this book when it first came out. Even the cover was striking for Marilyn was a beautiful woman. This book was well researched and had a lot of good information. I still don't know if she was murdered in the way it was speculated here; with a lethal injection. But anything is possible. I do think she accidentally overdosed perhaps and everyone around her allowed her to quietly perish including Robert Kennedy who was said to have visited her that day. I guess that would be murder. Whate ...more
This is the first book about Marilyn Monroe I ever read, and I suppose it can be considered the nascence of my fascination with her, which led me to buy many other books about her essentially until it seemed there were no more to buy. This book is specifically about the last few months of her life and is both sympathetic and indicting. Even if you don't care a whit about her, there's interesting coverage of the way studios were run at that time and what was going on in the country politically. P ...more
This book chronicles the last few months of Marilyn’s life as she was making Something’s Got to Give. I was interested in this book since I heard so much about this legend, but I started to read it and about halfway through stopped to read something else. It just always seemed that she was taking pills to sleep, taking pills or vitamin shots to wake up, downing champagne like water and everyone accepted this despite having multiple doctors and an on call psychiatrist. I also found it strange the ...more
Definitely interesting and pretty well written. I was expecting a trashy, sensational take on the "mystery" of Marilyn's death, but it's not a "Star Magazine" type book.
Esteban del Mal
I have to admit, as a 20-ish year-old young man, I was drawn to this book by the cover. It has collected a lot of dust since those happy days.
Jim Dooley
This behind-the-scenes book at the last months of Marilyn Monroe's life seeks to prove three things. First, it provides fascinating and intriguing evidence that the studio difficulties with the over-blown epic, CLEOPATRA, sunk Marilyn's last film. This is a story of negligent leadership and petty egos that combine to convert what could have been a triumph into a sad footnote. In this goal, the book succeeds admirably.

The second goal is to shine the spotlight on Marilyn's long-rumored affair with
Hmmmm . . . back in the early days of my Marilyn mania (I'm talking elementary school here), I was convinced she'd been murdered and there was some sort of cover-up involved. Later in life I developed a more objective stance -- I still didn't believe it was suicide, but I was fairly certain it was accidental. This book, while not expertly written, is certainly well-documented, and presents convincing evidence from multiple sources illustrating just how bizarre the event on Fifth Helena Drive rea ...more
I have read several books about Marilyn Monroe, and this one's pretty interesting. It goes into a lot of detail about her death. Of course, most of it's speculation, but it's fun to imagine.
I remember not liking this book very much when I first read it during the 1990s. Firstly because it's not terribly well-written and seems to be quite a superficial look at Marilyn herself. Also because the Kennedy side of it is quite weak and based on questionable sources like Robert Slatzer etc. However, on re-reading I think it is quite a worthwhile addition to the MM library because of its very detailed look at the making of her final, unfinished film, 'Something's Got to Give', and the rathe ...more
Susan Cobb
This was a sad book to me. The way that Hollywood worked in her time was not fair to women. I enjoyed reading this book.
Certainly an engrossing read, although there was a 'red herring' analysis of the comparative production disasters of Something's Got to Give and Cleopatra that didn't earn its keep. I've never paid attention to the Monroe conspiracy theories but this has made me think about them. Some of the evidence seems compelling but presumptions become 'evidence' quite quickly with these authors. I suspect that very little new is presented. It did make me realise how little of the person is evident in studi ...more
Fascinating read and believable. Loved it.
This is one of the most informative books about the accounts of Marilyn Monroe's final days I have read. The authors made sure to do their research and homework before publishing this book. They have the proof and contacts to back up the statements they make throughout the book and it's very detailed. I recommend this book to anyone interested in finding out more information about Marilyn's final months leading up to her death and the proceeding days.
This book only covers the last couple of years of Marilyn's life and focuses mainly on the background of the film "Something's Got to Give". It also doubles as an account of "Cleopatra" which had an active role in the fate of "Something's Got to Give". This is actually one of the better biographies of Marilyn Monroe I've read, even though it's a partial bio. Author thinks Marilyn was murdered (most likely by JFK & RFK).
such a sad story about the life of marilyn monroe.the first 200 pages had me a little bored but the further i got into it the more i couldn't put it down.this book presents some interesting theories about marilyn's mysterious death and some insight into her troubled life.
This is one of the better books I have read on Marilyn. It was well written and very factual. It was very informative and covered the period of her troubles with Fox honestly and without bias.
Bio of Marilyn during the Kennedy affairs.
Surprisingly, this was a GREAT read!
I love all Marilyn info
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