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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  390 Ratings  ·  29 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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This is a reread and one of my favorite biographies. Marilyn the Last Take covers the last 3 months of Marilyn Monroe's life and the making of her last unfinished film Something's Got to Give. It also talks about the Liz Taylor epic Cleopatra and the effect that film had on Marilyn's untimely demise. Do I believe everything in this book? No but for me that's beside the point the book is apart of a special genre I like to call The Dark Evil Kennedy Empire Murdered Marilyn Monroe. Its a big genre ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Heather V  ~The Other Heather~
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  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
C.S. Burrough
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finito
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
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
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