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Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  539 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
This valuable new biography, by the President of the UK fan club, contains the fullest ever collection of primary source material on Marilyn Monroe, covering all stages of her life. It includes over 70 fine-reproduction rare and unpublished photographs. The photographs show Marilyn's real world, the world away from the fans, the studio heads and general public. They reveal ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published August 24th 2007 by Carroll & Graf
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Merja Pohjola
Oct 21, 2012 Merja Pohjola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Meticulous research, that clearly tries to show Marilyn - the HUMAN being, with her flaws and good points, neither of them exaggerated. The most trustworthy as biographies go. The fact that there are just a few tiny little details I don't personally agree with doesn't mean a thing, because they are all just matters of opinion and as such, if I were to agree 100 % I would have to write a book of my own, and nobody would agree 100 % with that ;-) So agreeing 99 % with a Marilyn boo ...more
Jul 13, 2008 Sidney rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute must for all MM fans. Great rare pictures and stories!!!
Mar 20, 2016 Milena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Не знам как точно да започна това ревю. Прочетох книгата преди повече от седмица и още не смея да разкажа за нея. Да не споменавам, че от дълго време се възхищавам на образа на Мерилин Монро и някак все отлагах момента да разлистя страниците на биографията й.

Ако човек напише „Мерилин Монро“ в Google на английски език, в миг излизат над 3,300,000 резултата… Името й винаги е звънтяло в ушите ми като че ли чувам някоя прелестна, нежна камбанка. Мерилин Монро е икона, легенда, безспорно една от най-
Joey Traughber
Nov 05, 2009 Joey Traughber rated it it was amazing
I am not much of a book reviewer. But,
I can say that I truly love this book!
Michelle Morgan did some wonderful research
for this! I highly recommend this book!
Apr 14, 2008 Mackenzie rated it really liked it
I've read several bios on Marilyn and I think this is the one I like best. Lots of good interviews I've never heard before. Great rare pictures too.
Rae Ganci Hammers
Welp. This was just...disappointing. I've read a few biographies of Marilyn Monroe, all of which provided a deeper, more considered view of the woman behind the legend.

Michelle Morgan, while having done her due-diligence in research, struck me as a fan-girl who wanted to paint a pretty picture of her idol, rather than digging into tho complexities of Marilyn's life and relationships.

I also felt really uncomfortable whenever Morgan quoted Bill Pursel (which was constantly) since this book was d
Sep 14, 2014 DW rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I don't really care much about Marilyn Monroe (I hated The Seven Year Itch because Marilyn's character is to stupid to be alive), but I loved the TV series Smash. And I was flabbergasted when I finally looked Marilyn up on Wikipedia and found out she had a horrible childhood, so I thought a biography of her would be interesting. I picked this one because it was the shortest of the three that were at the library.

First off, it was weird to read a British book about an American actor ("whilst," "od
Sonya Alford
Sep 23, 2012 Sonya Alford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Michelle Morgan for getting her latest book sent to me so that I could review it. This is a new edition which has been revised and expanded, the original book having been published in 2007. I see this book as a lovely tribute to Marilyn Monroe being that this year marks 50 years since her death.

Michelle Morgan is a massive fan of Marilyn Monroe. Over the years Michelle has read a number of books about her, some of which were just plain awful. She got so tired of reading all
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May 26, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michelle Morgan's 'Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed' (US subtitle 'Private and Confidential') is a fully revised, expanded update to her earlier Monroe biography, first published in 2007. This new paperback highlights her research and writing, with a more comprehensive text.

Morgan lives in Britain where, for twelve years, she headed the Marilyn Lives Society. She approaches Monroe's life from a different time and place, with compassion. However, Morgan's attention to detail is rigorous, a
Jan 29, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Having never read any Marilyn Monroe bios I was interested in reading one that wasn't just gossip, this book comes across as incredibly well researched. While it does share information about her early years and also her personal life, it largely concentrates on the building of her career and the relationships built through that. I assume that no one can ever know the 'real story' this book certainly raises a number of different points, popular beliefs and opinions surrounding the star's life and ...more
Jay Moran
Sep 03, 2015 Jay Moran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I interviewed Michelle Morgan for my blog (https://smittenwiththewritten.wordpre...), discussing this book as well as her own relationship with Marilyn, the origins of her interest and the production of the book so if that would interest you, please check that out.

Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed is a wonderful addition to the sea of Monroe biographies, one that manages to stand out among some of the stronger contributions such as the ones by Spoto and Arnold. It takes a different approac
Jan 04, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally a book about Marilyn Monroe!

What I appreciated most about this book was the fact that it was focused solely on Marilyn Monroe, and not on those around her (namely The Kennedy clan).

The writer certainly did her research and while I knew most of the stories, there were things I read for the first time, but certainly found them to be in line with what I believed.

All too often when reading about Marilyn Monroe, I find too much background is given on those around her, which takes away from th
Ginnie Grant
Jan 04, 2014 Ginnie Grant rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of Marilyn Bios and this is one of the better ones. Since not a lot is known for certain about her early life, many books do not go into it, but I like that this one did. It is very well researched and always cites it's sources. if something was rumoured, or had no solid proof, she said so. It also paints a more complete picture of the person as a whole. Many books I have read are biased to one side or the other. Playing up the mental Illness or dependency, or only focusing on ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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Jul 28, 2013 Ilina rated it it was amazing
Amazing novel definitely!

Marilyn Monroe is my idol,I totally adore her!Nowadays many people accept her only as a sex symbol and nothing more.It is really sad because she was so much more than just a sex symbol!She was an amazing person and an amazing actress!

Michelle Morgan succeed in showing the unknown side of Marilyn - the real one.Yes, Marilyn was on the top of the world and everybody loved her but the only thing she desired was love.It's sad how she was always hurt and how she never had the
Emily Finch
Just fantastic. I can see why so many Marilyn fans always say to read this book, I'm ashamed that it has taken me this long! I love how there's a lot of detail into her Norma Jeane life. You never really get that in biographies, they usually just touch on the subject then start talking about Marilyn Monroe. Definitely one of the best biographies I've read on her and would recommend anyone to start with this.

Michelle isn't afraid to write down that Marilyn wasn't always a lovely person, because
Zöe Yu
Feb 25, 2013 Zöe Yu rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
Compared to Jung Chang's Mao: The Unknown story, I prefer this one. Yes, this book could also be named as Unknown story of Marilyn Monroe, but the text in this book is much more plain, which is good as a autobio.

In Mao, there are way too much portray of the weather and environment at that time. These unnecessary descriptions made the text less reliable. One cannot help but question the author : how did you know what was the weather like on that day? Neither of your interviewees had remember it,
Oct 13, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a serious fan, or "student" of Marilyn Monroe since 1988. In these years I have read books chronicling her life that number in the hundreds. In my opinion Michelle Morgan's "Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential" is today the best biography a Marilyn fan has to learn of her life. With new fact finding research and information from never before conducted interviews, I highly recommend this book to any Marilyn fan, casual or serious. It gives us an unbiased look into her life, caree ...more
May 06, 2012 Lianne rated it really liked it
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This is quite a quick read.

The pictures chosen for the book are beautiful and seem thoughtful, rather than the usual random collections of the same old images that we see every day of Marilyn.

Morgan has done well with this and it's a very good read for any Monroe fan. I enjoyed reading a little more about her childhood and growing as a star. This is far from the usual books that focus merely on her rapid decline and eventual death.
I must say that I very much applaud the fact that Morgan didn't
Sep 12, 2012 Zelly rated it it was ok
I am a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe. I adore the woman. My entire apartment has pictures all over the place of Marilyn. I have read several books about her and I never get tired of reading about her. Therefore I always have very big hopes for a book that has to do with Marilyn. Unfortunately this book was really disappointing, I almost didn’t finish it. If didnt feel like the author had any thoughts of her own when writing this book. I felt that she was just rambling fact about Marilyn. I found th ...more
May 14, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, 2014
This is an untarnished story of Marilyn Monroe's life told by Michelle Morgan through memories of people who knew Monroe. It's a story of a girl by the name of Norma Jeane; who grew up in a rough manner not known by many, and her turn to cameras to become the star she had always dreamed of. It's the story of a genuine sweetheart who worked relentlessly, but never quite reached happiness, and her tragic passing.

I haven't read many bios. None on Marilyn, so I can't say much except I enjoyed readin
Laura Egerton
Aug 06, 2014 Laura Egerton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As stated by others, this book shows the good and the bad and leaves the rest up to you. The author neither confirms or denies the rumours surrounding different situations, but presents any factual information, and states if there was none! This is a great book for any Monroe fan and documents her life from start to finish focusing on her through her struggles in life on and off screen. The author comes across unbiased throughout the whole thing. A pure chronological book on the life of monroe. ...more
Claire Dobson
Dec 28, 2012 Claire Dobson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very detailed account of Norma Jeane's life except where the Kennedy brothers are concerned (rather vague here). I got the impression that she was a Little Girl Lost, always seeking for unconditional love and acceptance but instead getting fame. At times I felt really sorry for her but at others she came across as a real diva - basically it showed her as a real person with flaws, insecurities and dreams.
Dec 27, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok
I love Marilyn Monroe and thought I'd read about her life. This book has way too many insignificant details that make it very BORING. Then it ends abruptly at the infamous and mysterious parts leading up to and after her death. I am sure the author researched heavily because the bibliography is almost as long as the book!!!! Unless you can't live without Marilyn's early childhood life details, don't bother to read.
Nov 16, 2008 Adrienne rated it it was ok
The only thing that gives this book two stars is the beautiful pictures and the very, very basic information it contains. I wish I had read a different bio on Marilyn (I think Goddess is a good one). Through all the typos and the lack of depth in the book, I read about shallow encounters random people had with Marilyn, and I didn't learn about many facts in her life. It is very simplistic, and I feel like I still don't know much more about her.
Marcia Welch liuzzo
May 05, 2013 Marcia Welch liuzzo rated it it was amazing
This was a riveting story of Marilyn's life. A story that shows why everyone loved her, flaws and all. The story takes us through her childhood, with no mother or father to speak of, foster homes and her marriages. A lost soul that had a hard time coping with fame and "friends" that used her. This is the best biography of Marilyn that I have read
Emily Smith
Apr 29, 2013 Emily Smith rated it really liked it
Her story is interesting. Raised as an orphan and in multiple foster houses. Marries a man she doesn't really love just so she doesn't have to go to a new foster home when her foster parents move out of state - parts are riveting but still took a while to make it through. Good read if you like bios and history.
Oct 24, 2014 Katya rated it really liked it
Книга дает прекрасное представление о Монро (Норме Джин) как о замечательной актрисе, которая много работала над своим мастерством. О Мэрилин, которой нет в живых уже почти, как полвека, но без которой не возможно представить фабрику грез. И, к сожалению, эта книга о трагедии, читать о которой очень не легко.
Gary Mullennix
Good read and many memories.

I thought I knew enough...but this book details far more. I an still surprised about what a lousy upbringing she had. I'm impressed she did as much as she did with so many handicaps. It's too bad DiMaggio was so old school. She needed a very supportive husband.
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Michelle Morgan is the author of The Ice Cream Blonde, The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals, Marilyn's Addresses, and Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed. She has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations and featured on many television programs, including the BBC National News.
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“Later that evening, Norma Jeane said good night to Bill and returned home. Standing before a mirror she picked up a lipstick and scribbled, ‘This is the end of Norma Jeane.’ Marilyn Monroe was born.” 1 likes
“She smiled too high, that’s what was wrong, and it made deep lines around her nose. We taught her how to bring her smile down and show her lower teeth.” 0 likes
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