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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli
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Nov 29, 2010

it was ok
Read in November, 2010

I'm not sure why, but I have always been fascinated with Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps it is something about dying young(I feel very sad when I think of Heath Ledger as well), but I also believe it goes beyond that. I think it is the belief that had she been born later and lived in this day and age, she would have gotten help with her mental illnesses and perhaps had better movies in which to play. Having said that, I've only actually read two books on her. I read Goddess, but that was written over 20 years ago. This was probably not the best book for me personally to read because it assumed that you knew (or remembered) many aspects of her life. I would have to read more current biographies to know if this book actually reveals secrets that no one else knew. What it appears to me is that he got a few photos that have never before been published and possibly got a little more information about Marilyn's desire to keep her mother's identity a secret. However, I was so annoyed at his obvious worship of her (every other description involved how beautiful she was), that it was hard to take this guy seriously. So, I can't really recommend this book because it wasn't written very well and there are probably better biographies out there that most likely have just as much information on her "secret life" as this book, but delve much deeper into her personal struggles.
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message 1: by Steve (new)

Steve I have always been fascinated by her. I look forward to your review.


message 2: by Katie (new)

Katie I think that her beauty is mentioned so often it the book and is so thematic because it opened many doors for her and caused her to be judged the way she was. Even now people
look back and say that Marilyn was just a pretty whore. While sad, in many ways, her beauty defined her.


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