- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (June 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616087196
- ISBN-13: 978-1616087197
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential 1st Edition
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought I knew enough...but this book details far more. I an still surprised about what a lousy upbringing she had. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gary Mullennix
A few things i have read many times before, but i did enjoy it.Published 5 months ago by beverley a.Seymour
my book had only 26 pictures and on the back it is advertised as having 70. I bought it new and was disappointed.Published 9 months ago by Denise Fletcher
I found some discrepancies. Makes me wonder what else is wrong in this book. How do they get away with writing such obviously wrong statements?Published 12 months ago by James J. Johnson
Love it, love it, love it, finally someone wrote a decent book about Marilyn, if you want to respect her memory and make to one side all the nasty lies and conspiracy theories,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Manuel Saldivar