Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love [NOOK Book]

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Bobby and Jackie comes the riveting, true story of the passionate, volatile relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

When Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe eloped in January of 1954, they became an international sensation. Joe and Marilyn reveals the true inside story of these two iconic figures whose marital troubles were Hollywood legend. Though their ...
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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bobby and Jackie comes the riveting, true story of the passionate, volatile relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

When Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe eloped in January of 1954, they became an international sensation. Joe and Marilyn reveals the true inside story of these two iconic figures whose marital troubles were Hollywood legend. Though their marriage only lasted nine months, they remained close until Monroe’s mysterious death in 1962 at the age of thirty-six. He had a half-dozen red roses delivered three times a week to her crypt for twenty years. According to Heymann, DiMaggio remained devoted to her until his own death in 1999.

An intimate, sensitive, shocking, and richly detailed look at two of America’s biggest stars, Heymann delivers the expertise and passion for his subjects that his many fans so love. Based on extensive archival research and personal interviews with family and friends, Joe and Marilyn offers great insight into this famously tragic romance. Sixteen pages of striking photos accompany this unforgettable love.
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When they eloped in early 1954, it was if a god and a goddess had descended from Mount Olympus: "Yankee Clipper" Joe DiMaggio was a baseball living legend and actress Marilyn Monroe was the very epitome of innocent female sexual energy. The marriage lasted only 274 days, but in its media afterlife, it thrived long after the bombshell's tragic 1962 death. In his latest book, celebrity biographer C. David Heymann (Bobby and Jackie; Liz; A Woman Named Jackie) describes the fatal crossing of two major stars.

Library Journal
06/15/2014
Gossip columnists thought the 1954 elopement and marriage of baseball great Joe DiMaggio (1914–99) and movie star and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (1926–62) was a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, the couple's tumultuous union lasted only nine months and was marked by jealous rages, arguments, even physical violence. Heyman, a well-known biographer of the Kennedy family who died in 2012, shows how Monroe and DiMaggio were temperamental opposites. She seemingly had a split personality, sometimes warm and caring, at other times mean and manipulative, while "Joltin' Joe" was rigid, hated the Hollywood scene, and was often emotionally distant as a husband and as a father to his son from a previous marriage. After their divorce, DiMaggio remained in the background, supporting Monroe during and after her unhappy marriage to playwright Arthur Miller, through her numerous affairs, notably her disastrous involvement with John and Robert Kennedy, and ending with her final downward spiral and "unintentional suicide." This book provides testimony from friends and colleagues to recount the familiar but tragic story of the sensitive and gifted Monroe's rapid rise, decline, and fall. Readers looking for in-depth discussion of her films should look elsewhere. The author's approach is frank but fair to all parties. VERDICT This tragic tale of a life too soon ended is recommended for movie and popular biography buffs.—Stephen Rees, formerly with Levittown Lib., PA
Publishers Weekly
★ 05/05/2014
Although Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s marriage was short-lived, the late Heymann (Bobby and Jackie), in his final work, reveals why their Hollywood love affair remains one of the most famous in celebrity history. DiMaggio’s and Monroe’s dynamic personalities fueled romance and the attention of the media, and Heymann recounts with great skill the couple’s close, tumultuous, and tragic relationship. When they met (a double date Monroe almost skipped), DiMaggio had finished his baseball career and Monroe’s career was rising. Although their affection for one another was genuine, they were certainly not happily married. Celebrity gossip aficionados will thoroughly enjoy Heymann’s well-researched yet approachable style. Using archival research and interviews with family and friends as well as contemporary secondary sources, Heymann renders impressively intimate portraits of both DiMaggio and Monroe, while demonstrating an understanding of their close friendship. Weaving their histories into a detailed narrative, Heymann provides room for analysis of their characters, and the result is as entertaining as it is informative. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Entertainment. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-13
A posthumous work about the star-crossed lovers by the biographer of Kennedys and others.Once again, we enter the disturbing world of Marilyn Monroe: the childhood, adolescence, marriages, drugs, psychiatry, sex and abuse by just about everyone who entered the powerful gravitational field of this troubled human being. Although Heymann (Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story, 2009, etc.) focuses on her relationship with Joe DiMaggio (before, during and after their brief marriage in 1954), he cannot help but be drawn close to the discomfiting fire of Monroe. The author gets close enough to everyone to photograph their imperfections: Monroe’s profound insecurity and addictions, DiMaggio’s initial cluelessness about what it means to love someone (hedidlearn, however), Arthur Miller’s passion for Monroe (it cooled considerably once her whirlpool drew him in and down), and the Kennedy brothers’ cruelpursuit of her sexual favors. Heymann tells us that she believed she would become the first lady—either with JFK in his second term or with RFK. We also see the profoundly unethical behavior of the medical and mental health professionals who dealt with her, issuing endless prescriptions for sedatives and sharing her private revelations with DiMaggio. However, Heymann dismisses conspiracy theories about the “murder” of Monroe, and the Everest of evidence he cites about her drug and alcohol use makes his case convincing. It’s evident that the author, who died in 2012 before he finished the book, did not get to attend to it all. There are sections that have a cut-and-paste feel about them—long uninterrupted quotations from others, passages he surely would have summarized and integrated into his own prose.A well-researched story of dark stars whose dingy lights continue to shine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439191798
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 26,339
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

C. David Heymann (1945-2012) is the author of several New York Times bestselling biographies, including Bobby and Jackie, American Legacy, The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club, and RFK: A Candid Biography of Robert F. Kennedy. He lived in Manhattan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

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    Joe and Marilyn is a very good book. The research is excellent a

    Joe and Marilyn is a very good book. The research is excellent and the delivery of the story is interesting and easy to follow. I came away from the book knowing much more about two American icons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

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    If you have ever read C. David Heymann's books, you know that he

    If you have ever read C. David Heymann's books, you know that he does extraordinary research and pass that information along in a very informative, creative, and interesting way. Joe and Marilyn is no different. Heymann takes two larger than life American icons and their bigger than life romance and delivers quiet the book. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    What should have been a wonderful book about a great love story

    What should have been a wonderful book about a great love story turned out to be a HUGE disappointment!  There is a large section of
     chapter-by-chapter notes at the back of the book, but were they ever even looked at?   The book is full of factual errors, inaccurate
     quotes, and the same old hack-job that seems to the norm these days when writing about Marilyn Monroe.  For example, John Huston
     is claimed to be the director of "Ladies of the Chorus",  instead of "The Asphault Jungle".  When you have a 'NYC TImes Bestselling
     Author' making simple, easy-to-check errors like this, credibility goes right out the window.  There are quotes from 'interviews' with 
    people who've claimed friendships to MM who her REAL friends have repeatedly discredited over the years, most notably a certain
    actress who suddenly appeared out of the woodwork along with the late Robert Slatzer, who falsely claimed he was actually married to
     Marilyn in 1953!  
    Joe is dealt with in a slightly better light, but even that's not saying much...There are eight pages of black-and-white photos; with only
    TWO of Joe & Marilyn together - one being a grainy, unflattering news photo taken on their January 14, 1954 wedding day.
    I couldn't wait to pack this one up and return it... 
    Maybe someday someone will REALLY write the story of these Legends in Love.  They - and their love -deserve better than this. 
        

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