Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

The Final Years

Book - 2012
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"Keith Badman takes readers through the concluding months of 1960 up to that fateful day in August 1962, uncovering long-lost or previously unseen personal records, exclusive interviews, and eyewitness accounts that illuminate the final chapter of Marilyn’s life as she navigates weight gain, drug use, and personal turmoil, along with drama on the set of the ill-fated movie Something’s Got to Give. Badman dispels popular beliefs, such as her supposed affairs with John and Bobby Kennedy - Monroe only had a one-night stand with the president at Bing Crosby’s house, and never with Bobby. Readers learn the long-concealed identity of her biological father, who refused Marilyn’s attempt to contact him in 1951 - and was then repaid with her apathy ten years later when he attempted to contact her. The author also sheds light on the details of her famous "Last Sitting" with photographer Bert Stern (which was not her last photo shoot) and describes the horror she endured after being tricked into being institutionalized at the Payne-Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, from which ex-husband Joe DiMaggio had to pull strings to secure her release. Perhaps most shockingly, we learn of the regrettable incident in which a drunken Monroe was sexually exploited by mobsters at a Lake Tahoe hotel co-owned by Frank Sinatra. Finally, contrary to the salacious rumors that Marilyn was suicidal or the victim of a murder and cover-up, Badman discloses new information about her final days alive and reveals, in unequivocal detail, evidence that indicates Monroe’s death was accidental."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Description: xi, 340 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780312607142
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 Mon


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Jul 24, 2013

I was excited to read this book, but was disappointed by the presentation of information. The author throws around a lot "naturally" "obviously" "of course" and "clearly" without citing sources or explaining why. When discussing a figure as large as MM and with so many different stories out there, I find it annoying that Badman states he has the one and only truth about her death. I enjoyed Lois Banner's biography of MM much more. She cites her sources, places the actions and attitudes of MM and the people around her within their historical context, and doesn't claim to know the the truth, admitting that based on the evidence she thinks x while it could be y or z. Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years is definitely not one of my favorite MM biographies. I'm wary when someone claims to know the truth of something that can't be definitively known -- just seems like a line to sell books with.

Aug 23, 2012

A really great account of Monroe's life without a lot of personal biases' Defiantly a good read

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