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."
"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."
"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"."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."