My Marilyn Monroe Book Collection

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The list author says: "My collection of Marilyn Monroe books: the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

Marilyn is arguably the most famous woman in history. Her amazing rags to riches story is just part of what fascinates people about her. Abandoned by her father, her mother committed to an insane assylum, and a string foster homes, orphanges, and abuse; married off at age 16, and finally stardom. And she went on to make many wonderful movies, win a Golden Globe, become the most photographed woman alive, marry America's hero, marry America's top playwright, have an affair with the President, and finally die at the young age of 36 in a mysterious death that was ruled a 'probable suicide'. Never did someone with so little end up having it all and then losing it. Her story is one that will stay with you for a long time."
Bert Stern/ Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting
1.  Bert Stern/ Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting by Annie Gottlieb
The list author says:
  "A thorough look at Marilyn's last photoshoot. This enormous volume contains all of the photos taken during the three day shoot in Beverly Hills. Buy it for the pictures!"
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Silver Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe and the Camera
2.  Silver Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe and the Camera by Russell
The list author says:
  "This is a very nicely done photobiography. There is not alot of writing, just captions under the pictures. Witness the transformation of Norma Jeane to Marilyn Monroe in high quality pictures, some rare."
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Marilyn Monroe: Platinum Fox
3.  Marilyn Monroe: Platinum Fox by Cindy De La Hoz
The list author says:
  "The best depiction of her Fox Studio years. This book chronicles each of the movies she made for Fox in detail. The pictures are stunning and the information is priceless."
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Andre de Dienes: Marilyn
4.  Andre de Dienes: Marilyn by Steve Crist
The list author says:
  "Stunning pictures of one of Marilyn's first major photo sessions. If you're looking for early pictures of Marilyn (still Norma Jeane in these photos) this is your best bet."
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Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed
5.  Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed by Michelle Morgan
The list author says:
  "This was an interesting book. It has beautiful, rare pictures of Marilyn's childhood and on into her years of fame. The author does have a bias though."
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My Story
6.  My Story by Marilyn Monroe
The list author says:
  "This is the "fancy" version of My Story, Marilyn's only 'autobiography'. This edition is larger than the previous issue and contains glossy pages with pictures, other than that it's the same. It is not known how much of this Marilyn actually wrote and how much was "ghost-written"."
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My Story
7.  My Story by Marilyn Monroe
The list author says:
  "This book is My Story, it's the version before the current one. (No clue when the original was published)"
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Blonde: A Novel
8.  Blonde: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates
The list author says:
  "Marilyn fans seem to either love or hate this fictional version of Marilyn's life. Either way, it's written by one of the best authors of our time and even purely made up it is a wonderful read."
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Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words: Her Life in Her Own Words : Marilyn Monroe's Revealing LastWords and Photographs
9.  Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words: Her Life in Her Own Words : Marilyn Monroe's Revealing LastWords and Photographs by Marilyn Monroe
The list author says:
  "An in depth look at the photo session done by George Barris in the summer of 1962, before Marilyn died. The pictures are taken both at her Brentwood home and on the beach. The author interviewed Marilyn extensively and this book is mainly quotes from Marilyn. A must read."
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Inside Marilyn Monroe
10.  Inside Marilyn Monroe by John Gilmore
The list author says:
  "I haven't had a chance to read this one yet!"
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Marilyn Monroe
11.  Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming
The list author says:
  "A fantastic Marilyn biography that focuses mainly on Marilyn's acting and her business side. Written very well and thourough."
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The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe
12.  The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe by Sarah Bartlett Churchwell
The list author says:
  "I was a little disappointed with this book. It does not contain biography, but rather an analysis of why Marilyn was who she was and why we as a culture have idolized her. It's dry in some parts and frequently wanders from Marilyn to general pop culture."
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Goddess: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
13.  Goddess: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by Anthony Summers
The list author says:
  "The most "tabloid" of Marilyn's biographies. The picture he paints of Marilyn is not gentle, to say the least. If you want the purported "dirt" from her many men, to alledged lesbian affair, to drugs, etc. than this is the one for you. Also, beware of a post-mortem pic of Marilyn at the end of the photos, it is disturbing."
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Marilyn Monroe
14.  Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold
The list author says:
  "This book isn't in my opinion, very remarkable. There are some very nice pictures of Marilyn and the requisite author interview."
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Marilyn Monroe Paper Dolls (Dover Celebrity Paper Dolls)
15.  Marilyn Monroe Paper Dolls (Dover Celebrity Paper Dolls) by Tom Tierney
The list author says:
  "These are just really fun to look at. The artwork is beautiful It features very nicely done outfits from all of Marilyn's main roles."
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Cursum Perficio: Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood Hacienda: The Story of Her Final Months
16.  Cursum Perficio: Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood Hacienda: The Story of Her Final Months by Gary Vitacco-Robles
The list author says:
  "Of all Marilyn's homes, it her last residence that draws much fascination with fans. This is a wonderful book with detailed information of the house that represented so much hope for Marilyn and yet would become her final resting place.There is plently of information about Marilyn's last months, I highly recommend it."
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The DD Group: An Online Investigation Into the Death of Marilyn Monroe
17.  The DD Group: An Online Investigation Into the Death of Marilyn Monroe by David Marshall
The list author says:
  "For those Marilyn fans that wish to learn more about the circumstances surrounding Marilyn's death, this is the book for you. The investigation is the closest anyone has ever come to solving Marilyn's death."
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Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe
18.  Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe by Christies
The list author says:
  "One of my favorites! Marilyn's will said for her possessions to be divided among friends but that never happened. Instead there was an auction years later. Sad, but it's a most personal look at the legend: clothes, underwear, scripts, awards, furniture, her many books, bibles, etc."
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Marilyn's Last Words: Her Secret Tapes and Mysterious Death
19.  Marilyn's Last Words: Her Secret Tapes and Mysterious Death by Matthew Smith
The list author says:
  "Let me preface this by saying that this book may or may not be true. Marilyn did record herself in order for her Freudian therapist to analyze later. What we don't know is what the therapist did with the tapes. This book claims that the author knew someone who had access to the tapes.  He says they were later destroyed. If true, the content would contradict the coroner ruling of probable suicide."
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Marilyn Monroe: Unseen Archives
20.  Marilyn Monroe: Unseen Archives by Marie Clayton
The list author says:
  "Another great picture archive. What you get is the biggest collection of Marilyn photos I've seen. Absolutely worth it."
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Falling for Marilyn: The Lost Niagra Collection
21.  Falling for Marilyn: The Lost Niagra Collection by Jock Carroll
The list author says:
  "This book got lost in a move, but I remember it being a wonderful look at Marilyn during the shooting of Niagara. The pictures show a radiant Marilyn on the brink of stardom."
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Marilyn Monroe: The FBI Files (Moments of History)
22.  Marilyn Monroe: The FBI Files (Moments of History) by Tim Coates
The list author says:
  "I think this is an invaluable resource to hardcore Marilyn fans. If you're just starting out on your Marilyn journey it might be hard to figure out who or what is being talked about since these are actual FBI reports on Marilyn complete with censorship."
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The Marilyn Encyclopedia
23.  The Marilyn Encyclopedia by Adam Victor
The list author says:
  "A-Z the most exhaustive work on Marilyn's life. Details you couldn't even think of to ask are included here. The book is huge and has many beautiful photos. Get it!"
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Marilyn's Men: The Private Life of Marilyn Monroe
24.  Marilyn's Men: The Private Life of Marilyn Monroe by Jane Ellen Wayne
The list author says:
  "This was originally a mass market paperback. So take it for what it's worth. Interesting take on the many men Marilyn reportedly was with."
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Crypt 33: The Saga of Marilyn Monroe - The Final Word
25.  Crypt 33: The Saga of Marilyn Monroe - The Final Word by Adela Gregory
The list author says:
  "This was my first Marilyn book, and it made me fall in love. It is written by two well-known detectives who claim to have solved Marilyn's death. Some of their claims have since been corroborated by others, other claims remain just that- claims."
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All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader
26.  All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader by Yona Zeldis McDonough
The list author says:
  "The front cover is all this book is good for. It is filled with essays about Marilyn and pop culture. Even triple spaced this book is around 100 pages of terrible quality essays. Just skip it."
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The Ultimate Marilyn: All the Facts, Fantasies, and Scandals about the World's Best-Known Sex Symbol
27.  The Ultimate Marilyn: All the Facts, Fantasies, and Scandals about the World's Best-Known Sex Symbol by Ernest W. Cunningham
The list author says:
  "Not an encyclopedia per se, but a look at the many faucets of her life. Lots of quotes by Marilyn and on Marilyn. A Who's-Who of the character in her life, trivia questions, movie details, personal info, etc. A really enjoyable book."
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Marilyn Handbook
28.  Marilyn Handbook by Mike Evans
The list author says:
  "This book is small in size but has many pages full of high quality Marilyn photos with side-by-side biography and info. Well written and organized. Very enjoyable."
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The Unabridged Marilyn: Her Life from A to Z
29.  The Unabridged Marilyn: Her Life from A to Z by Randall Riese
The list author says:
  "This is very similar to the Marilyn Encyclopedia except it's older and doesn't have any pictures. Has a bit more info than the Encyclopedia but if you have the Encyclopedia I proably wouldn't get both."
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Milton's Marilyn: The Photographs of Milton H Greene
30.  Milton's Marilyn: The Photographs of Milton H Greene by James Kotsilibas-Davis
The list author says:
  "A beautiful collection of Marilyn photographers (with side story) by of the best of her many photographers. Milton H. Greene was also her business partner in the failed Marilyn Monroe Productions."
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Marilyn
31.  Marilyn by Neil Sinyard
The list author says:
  "Your basic hardcover picture book of Marilyn. This one had some unique pictures that were of good quality."
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The Misfits
32.  The Misfits by Arthur Miller
The list author says:
  "Another great book about the story inside 'The Misfits" shoot. It was a tough shoot in: Marilyn and Arthur Miller split up during the shoot and Clark Gable died of a heart attack three days after shooting wrapped. (It was both Monroe's and Gable's last movie.) It was also the most expensive black and white movie ever made."
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Marilyn: The Ultimate Look at the Legend
33.  Marilyn: The Ultimate Look at the Legend by James Haspiel
The list author says:
  "One of the best books out there. It is written by a fan who befriended Marilyn in her New York years and witnessed her personality and energy first hand. He also took many pictures of Marilyn, which are included. A letter he had written Marilyn was found in the stack of papers beside Marilyn's bed the night she died."
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