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Editorial Reviews


“He painstakingly examines day-to-day events, sorting through fact and myth to uncover the real story.” ―Library Journal

“A meticulously detailed look at the year and a half leading up to Marilyn's death.” ―The Huffington Post

“Meticulously researched…unlocks the mystery surrounding the final hours of Hollywood's favourite blonde.” ―Sunday Express (UK)

“Shocking and frank, Badman's work is a piece of investigative journalism worthy of the highest accolades.” ―Record Collector (UK)

About the Author

KEITH BADMAN is the author of several pop culture books, including The Beach Boys, Beatles Off the Record and Good Times and Bad Times: The Definitive Diary of the Rolling Stones 1960–1969.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312607148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312607142
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas W. Jacobs on July 28, 2012
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An intense scrutiny detailing in the affairs of Marilyn Monroe's last year of life is not the type of book every Marilyn fan is interested in reading. On the other hand many of us that have been reading one account after another; some far reaching in believability to many that seem downright bizarre; MARILYN MONROE THE FINAL YEARS seems to have the key to straightening out all the loose ends, complications, & accusations of the subject into a story that tends to be quite acceptable as the truth of what really happened to Marilyn.

Badman disproves theories that have been long upheld as truth in his exhaustive search into information, files, & proven facts from the past. Once incorrect notions have been dismissed, he continues on with his narrative towards resolution. In the past I have always been bothered by books that relied on quotes or interviews with marginal characters such as Robert Slatzer or Jeanne Carmen. If these people were just using Marilyn to spin a tale of their own importance (as is suspected in BOTH cases;) how can one then depend that the rest of a book is accurately researched? This author rids himself of such speculation from the start.

Most disturbing is the description of the activities & degradation Marilyn suffered during what has been known as "the lost weekend" at the Cal-Neva Lodge in July 1962. The timeline of that weekend and other falsehoods have been cleared up but it's really not pleasant to read about the details of what supposedly went on. However, on the whole this book was indeed riveting & enjoyable as Badman also introduced many new tidbits of information never revealed in other books on Marilyn.
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I thought Keith Badman's book really takes everything that's been written and concisely sorts it out into a final version. There were many things that I wasn't aware of such as the handling of her corpse and the exploitation by Life photographer Leigh Weiner in the crypt, posing Marylin's body for pictures. Just such horrible treatment from nearly everyone in her life who USED her with such ferociousness. Even Lee Strasberg, who got the chunk of her estate still submitted exorbitant bills to her estate, which in the end bankrupted it so there wasn't even enough money to care for Marilyn's mother! Of all the dirty rats from Sinatra, Peter Lawford, the Kennedys, the Mafioso, Dr. Greenson, Eunice Murray, that prick George Cukor, all the dry cleaners, limo drivers, pool company, anyone and everyone took advantage of this woman her whole life without end... It's too bad that she and Joe couldn't have remarried but they were best as good friends. I never realized that her menstrual problems were the cause, in a majority of times, of all her filming delays! For anyone and myself included, who have had endometriosis, there is no relief from the pain. The endometrium tissue can end up growing around your intestines, causing extreme chronic pain. And hormonally you can be a basket case. At that time there were few options. She also suffered from colitis, extreme constipation as her diet was absolutely terrible. I think that explains the discoloration of the colon at the time of her autopsy. But why all the cover up? Her phone records, the cleaning up of her house by so many at the studio and everyone! All the lies by Murray and Greenson!
There are some glaring mistakes in the book however. St. Martin's Press in New York can't afford a proofreader?
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Well, here we are,another British twit author. The first chapter he should have skipped. It tried to sum up Marilyn s childhood and family situation in 9 pages and skips her rise as superstar and starts in 1961. It would have been better to simply start with 1961 and skip the inaccuracies previously. He catalogs Marilyns extended family history as all suffering from mental illness. Marilyn s grandfather actually died of syphilis which can mimic symptoms of mental illness in later stages of disease. Her grandmother had untreated congential heart failure and died very rapidly having been misdiagnosed as mentally ill. Science and medicine were more primitve in the earlier part of the 20th century and I dont think you can characterized Marilyn s entire family as crazy. The mother, Gladys, yes. I would suggest reading the secret life of Marilyn Monroe which has a much better researched book for Marilyn s early years. This author has made many mistakes. He says marilyn was paying her first psychiatrist $200 a visit. That was probably about her entire take home pay. Maybe 20 dollars a visit????.........this was 1951....61 years ago, $200 could have bought you a decent used car back then. Where do they get this stuff? If they get that wrong, what else is wrong? Is it that the pound versus dollar conversion is too difficult for these Brits? Doesnt he use fact checkers? Irritating. He should know with Marilyn fans you dont get your facts wrong. The author describes eunice murray, Marilyn s housekeeper as a pyschiatric nurse. He lists Mrs Murray s biography as a source. In that book I read, written by Murray in 1975 and long since out of print, Murray poo poos the idea she was a nurse. I dont believe she ever went to college.Read more ›
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