New York Times Bestseller: The definitive biography based on over six hundred interviews with people who knew Marilyn Monroe both professionally and intimately.
Marilyn Monroe, born in obscurity and deprivation, became an actress and legend of the twentieth century, romantically linked to famous men from Joe DiMaggio to Arthur Miller to John F. Kennedy. But her tragic death at a young age, under suspicious circumstances, left behind a mystery that remains unsolved to this day.
Anthony Summers interviewed more than six hundred people, laying bare the truths—sometimes funny, often sad—about this brilliant, troubled woman. The first to gain access to the files of Monroe’s last psychiatrist, Summers uses the documents to explain her tangled psyche and her dangerous addiction to medications. He establishes, after years of mere rumor, that President Kennedy and his brother Robert were both intimately involved with Monroe in life—and in covering up the circumstances of her death.
Written by a Pulitzer Prize nominee who has authored works on JFK, J. Edgar Hoover, and the 9/11 attacks, this investigation of an iconic star’s brief life and early death is “remarkable. . . . The ghost of Marilyn Monroe cries out in these pages” (The New York Times).
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I loved reading this book,I found it hard to put it down. As a child I was not allowed to read anything about a MOVIE STAR,that made me all the more curious as an adult about Marilyn Monroe. Her life is such a mix of sadness and beauty her story should be told. Thanks for writing the book. A lot of questions still need to be answered. Keep up the good work!
I remember reading this book when I was in high school. I found it very interesting, very detailed and from what I can remember pretty intriguing, especially with his ideas as to why and how she died. What I didn't care for at all, and it's why I don't give it 5 stars, was the horrible picture of Marilyn in the morgue. I found it disgusting, and quickly ripped the page from the book and threw it out. That photo alone gave me pause in believing everything that Mr. Summers wrote, I found it too sensationalistic.