Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

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Spoto's biography of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe makes use of over 150 interviews and more than 35,000 pages of previously sealed files, including Monroe's diaries, letters, and other personal and revealing documents. The book reveals new details of every aspect of her life, from her guarded childhood, and her relationships with men and marriages, to her mysterious death. Spoto comments on previous books about Marilyn, and puts to rest questions regarding Monroe's connection ...
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Overview

Spoto's biography of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe makes use of over 150 interviews and more than 35,000 pages of previously sealed files, including Monroe's diaries, letters, and other personal and revealing documents. The book reveals new details of every aspect of her life, from her guarded childhood, and her relationships with men and marriages, to her mysterious death. Spoto comments on previous books about Marilyn, and puts to rest questions regarding Monroe's connection with the Kennedys.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
This is a book that wound up teaching me a great deal about Hollywood, the social history of California, the movie business, the trials of female actors in American show business and the life of a woman who has been so mythologized that often the real woman is obscured from actual view.
— Erica Jong
The Daily Telegraph
Spoto has given Monroe the treatment she deserves. At last she emerges not as a goddess but as a human being in this extraordinary volume.
Washington Post Book World - Erica Jong
This is a book that wound up teaching me a great deal about Hollywood, the social history of California, the movie business, the trials of female actors in American show business and the life of a woman who has been so mythologized that often the real woman is obscured from actual view.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060179878
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 448

Meet the Author

Donald Spoto is the author of Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich, Rebel: The Life and Legend of James Dean, The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock, Diana: The Last Year, The Hidden Jesus: A New Life, and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    totally great!!!

    after only being 17 years old, and not truely knowing who she was, i hvae always been a huge fan! reading this was like stepping back in time and floating over her as she made her trips in life. We got to know the true her

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    The whole truth

    The only bk I've read about Marilyn (and I've read many) that is based purely on fact. Not only does he research well enough to put together a full portrait of her life but he also expells several rumors & tells reasons why they cannot be true. Finally a bk that shows respect for this wonderful woman & does her justice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2008

    Fantastic! A Marilyn Monroe Fan Must Read!

    I just finished reading Marilyn Monroe: The Biography and I was very pleased. I picked up this book when I took on a sudden interest in learning more about her, not really knowing much, and I have to say this book did not disapoint. This book was written so well that I could not put it down, and you could tell that the author was going by pure fact and not rumor in everything that he wrote. He gave excellent history not only on Marilyn herself, but of all the people that entered her life. I wanted to read a biography of her life that was based on no speculation or how the author percieves the subject(Marilyn) and this book gave me just that. If anyone is interested in reading a biography on Marilyn Monroe this is most definitly the one to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2007

    Once you start, you can't stop

    This book is for all Monroe fans. when i got the book in sept. of 2005. Because it is so big, i thought i would never get this read, i'm not a big reader but this book is so good you won't be able to put it down. At the end it tells about how she died and will give you the chance to have your own opinion of how she died. This is the best book out there on this amazing but sad star.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2002

    Best Marilyn Monroe Book Ever Written

    Donald Spoto does an outstanding job in this book about Marilyn Monroe. After reading many books on her, I read this one and found that Donald tells it the best way and the most true. He does not leave anything out and the REAL way she died is revealed. If you want to learn about Marilyn, don't bother reading any other book because this one is all you need. The pages just fly by, and you will come away with a better understanding of the original and ultimate sex goddess.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2001

    The Truth about Marilyn Monroe

    Out of all the books I have skimmed through and all the websites I have read about her life, Spoto has done a wonderful job on depicting Marilyn. Not only does he set the story straight and tells truth of Marilyn and her tragic life, he also brings up the myths or stereotypes about her and proves to you that they are not true. Yes she lived a confused life, yes she was fond of cavier and champahge,yes she slept with JFK for one night, but she was not murdered and she did not have affairs with Elvis or Marlon Brando. His afterword proves shows where other books have gone wrong and how people used her for money. If you want the truth about her life and her beauty, this book is the one buy. And when you finish it you feel closer to her and understand her more than you do inany other book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Amazing!!

    This book is outstanding! By far the best Marilyn Monroe biography out there! A must read!

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