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Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential [Paperback]

Michelle Morgan
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Book Description

June 15, 2012 1616087196 978-1616087197 1
For the first time in paperback, this valuable biography by the president of Marilyn Monroe’s UK fan club contains the most comprehensive collection of primary source material on Marilyn Monroe, covering all stages of her life. It includes seventy rare and unpublished photographs. They include locations from various periods of her life—the schools she attended as Norma Jeane, the ballroom where she danced with first husband Jim Dougherty, the street where Marilyn claimed she was attacked by an intruder, and candid shots of her on the sets of films. 

Morgan has also interviewed every single person accessible who knew or was related to Marilyn in any way, including the main players in her life, as well as work colleagues, and more casual acquaintances. More than fifty interviewees are featured, many who’ve never gone on the record before, including contacts from her orphaned childhood and early years—details of which until now have remained mysterious. Documentary sources range from the private testimony of her gynecologist, to the previously undisclosed Laurence Olivier papers relating to Marilyn’s time in England. Following a series of sensationalist biographies of Marilyn Monroe in recent years, this comprehensive, meticulously researched volume brings an important, fresh perspective to the many controversies in her life, and will serve as an essential sourcebook of documentary and photographic evidence.

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About the Author

The president of Marilyn Monroe’s UK fan club, Michelle Morgan is frequently called upon to speak to the media about Marilyn Monroe’s life. She has been featured on dozens of radio programs, quoted in many newspapers and magazines, and featured on television programs including the BBC. She lives in England.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (June 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616087196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616087197
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am an author, biographer, producer, columnist, mum, wife and everything in-between.

My first book was self-published in 1993 and entitled 'The Marilyn Monroe Address Book'. This book led to my first professionally published book, 'Marilyn's Addresses' which was published under the name Michelle Finn in 1995 by Smith Gryphon.

Since then I have been busy writing magazine and newspaper articles, researching future biographies and writing a newspaper column.

My latest book, 'Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential' was published in June 2012 and has become a worldwide best seller. It should be noted that the book was written in English, by me an English author, hence the fact that several readers have wrongly decided there are spelling mistakes in it. Not so, it is just a difference between UK English and US English. Sometimes people find this difference hard to understand though hopefully most will know the difference. :-)

My next book is entitled The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals and will be out in late 2013. My Carole Lombard biography will be published in early 2014 and my Thelma Todd biography in late 2014.

Customer Reviews

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, another great Marilyn book September 5, 2007
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I have been a Monroe fan since 1953 (How To Marry A Millionaire) and a collector since 1959 (Some Like It Hot). I make it a point to buy every book published and released on Marilyn, and find that this newest addition to the collection is among the best. Ms. Morgan is obviously a great fan of Marilyn having researched this book for many years before putting it all down on paper. Compared to some other authors who splash some facts mixed with speculation and rumor and rush out a new "expose", Michelle Morgan went the extra distance to find people who knew Marilyn and can add their insights to the Marilyn canon.

I was especially taken with the reminiscences of George Chakiris who appeared in the "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I've told people for years that he was in that number but no one believed me. Can you imagine the thrill of working on that scene?

And the photos are not to be believed. Why has it taken so many years for some of these to surface when hundreds of previous authors have interviewed Marilyn's family and friends? This is an amazing accomplishment and I am very thankful to Ms. Morgan for her tenacity and endurance in getting this book put together. The book has a luscious jacket, is very heavy (so no reading on the subway on the way to work) and comes with a bookmark ribbon so you don't have to try and read this all in one sitting. Though that certainly is a temptation.

Personally, I flipped out by her "Sources" section where she lists all of the documents that she used in researching for this book. I was especially floored by the listing of magazine and newspaper references. I have many unmarked clippings from old movie magazines and can now update my log with the date or writer or source name that I didn't have before. And the "Sources" section also provides a listing of documents that I can add to my "want list".

Kudos to Michelle Morgan for a crowning achievement.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent and Thorough Biography of Marilyn November 15, 2007
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The book easily flies to the top of the list of books about Marilyn Monroe as one of the finest, most thoughtful, comprehensive, well-written and understanding books written. The photos (many never before published) are an outstanding addition to the book, but it is the detailed, sensitive biography which takes the reader steadily through Marilyn's life which is makes it truly priceless.

Obviously this was a labor of love; Michelle Morgan has done a superb job of capturing an enormous amount of detail into one book. Interviews with folks who knew Marilyn (but who are not 'famous' or have an ulterior motive) distinctly add to the in-depth depiction of this extremely talented woman of so many facets.

Ms. Morgan also does a fine job of stating the basic, well-known facts around Marilyn's untimely depth without forcing any theory upon the reader. It's truly wonderful to read a biography which is just that--the story of a person's life--and not a book which relies on sensationalism to 'sell' it. This book gives a sense of Marilyn as woman, actress, wife, friend and sensitive human being. It brings depth into understanding of her relationships with her three husbands, giving the reader a sense of each of Miss Monroe's marriages.

I highly recommend this book to any long-time or brand-new fan of Marilyn's. You won't be disappointed.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A careful and thoughtful biography October 6, 2007
Years of research went into this biography, and it shows. Michelle has written an outstanding book, featuring interviews with many people who've never spoken publicly about Marilyn before. It's a very well balanced view of the woman who became a legend: it depicts her as neither angel nor devil, but a combination of both, depending on who's being quoted. The last page gave me chills. It's a beautiful book and well worth reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Bad Book At All...... July 3, 2009
This book is classy; it's heavy (a little burdensome though, if you're reading in bed) with very thick pages. Sometimes I think I've got 2-3 pages at a time turned, and it's only one! I like the little slim ribbon bookmarker. My book was purchased in "like new" condition at a wonderful price, and it is equal to Brand New. Great condition, tight binding, excellent photos that I've not yet seen of Marilyn. This book is a treasure to add to your library; a collector's book.

M. Morgan does a great job telling about the life of Marilyn. She seems to have the facts down, and I've read a lot of books on MM, and she has actually contradicted some things I thought were otherwise true, in other books, and she backs up her facts. She clears up the myths (in my opinion, and when you see all the references in the back, she did a lot of work!) The unseen photos are something that make this book even more desirable. Yes, I enjoyed this book!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Read with a Fresh & Delightful Approach! August 28, 2007
It's been a while since we've been treated to a new book about Marilyn, the last one I believe was "The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe" by Sara Churchwell. I find Michelle Morgan's book well worth waiting for!

Written in a very straight forward manner; Private & Undisclosed is definitely worth buying & reading even for those who have read Marilyn's story time & time again. There is something very appealing in the author's approach to her story; one that has no agenda other than sharing the details of Monroe's life in a simple & honest fashion. Interviews with by-standers, extras, & common folk who were there to witness events in Marilyn's life but never before contacted to share their stories, are both plentiful, refreshing, and thoroughly delightful to read!

The tiny little photographs that accompany the story (& are very difficult to see in good detail...) are then shown in a larger version after every few chapters. This is greatly appreciated.

Many of the photos have not been widely seen or published before now; though many of the pictures labeled as such will be quite familair to hard-core Marilyn collectors. Even a few quite popular & excessively used pictures have been listed as previously unpublished. However, there are still enough unseen or rarely used pictures to make it worthwhile to add this slightly over-size hardcover to your MM collection!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Typos in Kindle Edition, but excellent book otherwise.
This biography is definitely well-researched and features an extensive list of sources. It is, for the most part, well written and engaging. Read more
Published 2 days ago by marfig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 17 days ago by David L Riel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Product arrived on time and was in good condition and was advertized as expected
Published 25 days ago by Donna B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love books about MM!
Published 1 month ago by Patricia A Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought As A Gift
Happy with price & shipping time. Bought this as a gift to my teenage grand daughter that loves Marilyn Monroe. She read & loved the book.
Published 2 months ago by Bev
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Published 3 months ago by neenee
4.0 out of 5 stars read it
it's written well. very informative.
Published 3 months ago by Simone Gad
1.0 out of 5 stars wasted time.....
This has got to be one of the worst marilyn Monroe books.went through it in five minutes..I love books and usually pass them on to others unless special. Read more
Published 4 months ago by buckie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
Michelle Morgan has written one of the best books on Miss Monroe. It's very hard to put anything Michelle writes down. You feel like you are there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gia Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite and eye-opener!
I saw this book come up on the Daily Deals and I enjoy reading about "real" people, so I thought I would check it out. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carol Campbell
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