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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475101406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475101409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tony Jerris is a playwright, author, and screenwriter from New York. His off-Broadway play TELL VERONICA! ran in New York City before premiering in Los Angeles. His other New York credits include his play “The Hostesses,” which he later adapted into a short film, earning him a spot in the 2007 Big Damn Film Festival. His musical “Gina’s Parole” showcased at the New York Dramatist’s Guild and ASCAP Musical Festival, before winning a spot in The Peekaboo Festival in New York. As an author, Tony created a trilogy of children’s books. The first in the series, “The Littlest Spruce,” was featured on Good Morning America. He adapted the third book in the series, “The Littlest Witch,” into a musical that is licensed by Steele Spring LLC. His screenplays have placed in The Nicholl Fellowship Awards, The Project Greenlight Screenwriting Contest, and The Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Tony currently lives in Los Angeles where he has several new film projects in pre-production, including "The Potters" & "Lost Claus."

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Before devoting his time to writing, Tony Jerris was a New York actor who appeared in several plays and soap operas, including "All My Children" and "One Life To Live." He later went on to write numerous plays, musicals and a trilogy of children's books. After moving to Los Angeles, Tony produced his off-Broadway play TELL VERONICA! at The Hudson Theatre. It starred Charlene Tilton (of "Dallas" fame) in the title role, and costarred character Lin Shaye, who is best known for her roles in the Farrelly Brothers movies like "Something About Mary" & "Dumb & Dumber." The LA TIMES raved, "Tony Jerris' cult hit "Tell Veronica" managed to give broadcast burlesques a run for their money with a raucous send-up of Oprah, Sally Jessy and Ricki Lake rolled into one hot pink hot-flash of a show!"

Tony also wrote a trilogy of children's books, with the first in the series, The Littlest Spruce, being voted "Best New Children's Book" at the North American Book Exchange. He turned the last book in the series, "The Littlest Witch," into a children's musical. It premiered in New York before playing at The Secret Rose Theatre in Los Angeles. It was recently picked up and published by Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing. Tony was also hired to write a series of iPad books called "Squeakers & Friends" that teaches kids how to 'Go Green' and save our environment.

Tony has just completed writing the stop-motion musical feature "The Potters," about a young girl's unusual journey to find her birth parents. The movie is currently in development and being directed by award-winning director, Jennifer Clary. Tony is currently working on a new novel titled "Hearts In Ruins," which centers on a recovering drug addict who is wrongly accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's husband.

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The book is well written and very well researched.
Lisa Yamonaco
The author does not even know Marilyn and has no hard facts to prove these claims.
peter A Merheb
I felt like I knew Marilyn as a friend after reading this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monica on May 5, 2014
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I did enjoyed very much this book , I read it very slowly because it was to entertaining and quiet funny. I knew that Marilyn had a great sense of humor.but not like this. I read all my life books about her but she never stop to surprise me or amaze me. She was a free spirit in every sense and many years beyond her time. She liked very much this young girl and treated her not as a child but as a young woman she understood that she cared for her and not only because she was Marilyn Monroe the most famous actress in the world. This was a beautiful friendship that lasted until Marilyn's death. They cared for each other deeply.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Jacobs on July 25, 2012
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"Cute book!" I thought to myself upon seeing this selection offered by Amazon but not carried in the bookstore. "This will be a delight to read - a young gal that started a Marilyn Monroe Fan Club!" Perhaps she did do just that too...but I will never find out because I refuse to read another deceitful word of this filthy dribble from "Jane's Fantasy" and now fully understand why it's not in the bookstore!

Upon receiving the book I began flipping around reading passages here and there. First I find out that Jane was at the 2nd sitting with Marilyn & Burt Stern in 1962 & during a break chatted with Marilyn & self-consciously snapped a few of her own photos with her "tiny camera..." Yeah, right Jane ~ Why weren't they included in the book?

Reading on ~ The night of Marilyn's death Jane drove her car over to the 5th Helena Dr. & saw Joe who spotted Jane "...and we made eye contact. His face flashed in anger as he moved quickly in my direction." (Joe? Joe DiMaggio? He wasn't even there that night!) Of course I discovered why Joe was angry at Jane by reading just a tad further...of course Jane & Marilyn were "...more than just friends." But Joe comforted her anyway! (Such a Kind-Hearted Man!)

The next and final passage I read was a slight description of their lovemaking (not for the first time I am assuming...) because they both tell the other that they must have been practicing because their skill set is much improved! (BARF!)

Are these just Jane's fantasies about Marilyn? The book is not labeled fiction or a novel but I will never know because I refuse to read any more of this garbage. I want it completely understood however ~ being Gay or Lesbian, Bi-sexual or the matter of sexual experimentation is NOT the issue here.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By G. Luber on May 31, 2012
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I disagree with the negative reviews here, simply because their beef is with the morality of the story rather than the book itself. It didn't surprise me one bit that someone as taken advantage of by men as Marilyn was, for her entire life, would find solace in the embrace of someone just like her. I think it is beautiful thing when people who have had such traumatic lives can heal in the arms of one another. Well written, factual and very engaging-perfect summer reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Valentine on April 27, 2014
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I love the author's style. The book brought some incite into the life of MM that I hadn't read before. Great read if you are a fan of Marilyn!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on December 10, 2012
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I adored reading this! Jerris has done a wonderful job of relating a little known piece of Monroe history, relating a crystal clear story that had since been obscured. I am going to recommend this to all of my fellow Monroe idolizers as it's both historically significant and goes a long way to illustrate that this woman was above all else - human. Wonderful!
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Svea Ross on June 5, 2012
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How can anyone believe such tripe as this? Students of Marilyn Monroe are fully aware that she has been lied about and exploited her entire life, but what is the most disgraceful is the lies that are being written and published 50 long years after her death to make a lousy buck! It seems that just anyone can write a book these days claiming to know Marilyn's innermost thoughts and secrets without having ever met her. Sex with the child who was one of her fan club presidents? I think this one wins the prize for most inane. The saddest part is the fact that she is no longer here to defend herself. As far as disparaging reviewers who find this utterly distasteful, well, it seems it is par for the course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Schultz on May 5, 2014
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The book is warm and friendly. True story or not, it was great and I loved it. It kinda tells something about friendships.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trumpet241 on December 10, 2012
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Even as a non Marilyn fanatic, this is a story worth telling, and worth reading.
It's much deeper than scandal, it feels real, honest and insightful. A unique relationship that celebrates intimacy, fun, friendship and love. Ultimately it reminds us that Marilyn herself was not immune to these core human values. Beautifully written.
Congratulations to Tony and Jane for their collaboration and courage to tell the story.
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