||Entertainment journalist J. Randy Taraborrelli has fascinated readers by revealing the hidden sides of Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael Jackson in his previous biographies. Here he turns his attention to the most captivating, the most glamorous, and the most mysterious movie star of the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe, whose secrets have already filled dozens of lesser biographies. Using freshly declassified government documents and numerous interviews with the people who knew Marilyn best, Taraborrelli has uncovered an astonishing array of new details about Marilyn's life, including the identity of her father and half-brother and specific evidence of her affairs with both John and Robert Kennedy. Most poignantly, Taraborrelli provides a full account of Marilyn's secret relationship with her disturbed mother, who suffered from a hereditary form of mental illness which likely contributed to Marilyn's fatal overdose. Thanks to a riveting mix of beauty, success and distress, the legend of Marilyn Monroe lives on, and Taraborrelli's investigative triumph seems likely to remain the definitive account of her remarkable life.
||When Marilyn Monroe became famous in the 1950s, the world was told that her mother, Gladys Baker, was either dead or simply not a part of her life -- depending on the publicity campaign of the moment. However, that was not true. In fact, her mentally ill mother was very much present in Marilyn's world. The complex family dynamic that unfolded behind the scenes as Miss Monroe blazed a path to iconic glory is a story that has never before been told...until now.In this groundbreaking book, Taraborrelli draws complex and sympathetic portraits of the powerful women so influential in the actress' life:Her mother, Gladys Baker, who gave up her daughter, Norma Jeane (Marilyn) after having two others kidnapped from her. Her foster mother, Ida Bolender, who raised Norma Jeane for seven years -- a woman whose brash but powerful approach to parenting has been completely misunderstood. The legal guardian, Grace Goddard, who helped create "Marilyn Monroe."He also tells for the first time the potent story of Marilyn's closely guarded friendship with Pat Kennedy Lawford, sister of President John Kennedy; he sheds new light on Marilyn's so-called affair with JFK; and he reveals shocking information about Marilyn's relationship with Robert Kennedy. An epic journey told by a master storyteller, this is the final word on the life of one of the most fascinating and elusive icons of the 20th Century.