Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon (Paperback)

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Based on new interviews and research, this ground-breaking biography explores the secret selves behind Marilyn Monroe’s public facades.

Marilyn Monroe: her beauty still captivates, her love life still fascinates, and her story still dominates popular culture. Now, drawing on years of research and dozens of new interviews, this biography cuts through decades of lies and secrets and introduces you to the Marilyn Monroe you always wanted to know: a living, breathing, complex woman, bewitching and maddening, brilliant yet flawed.

Explored through the lens of new interviews and meticulous research, Marilyn Monroe unveils Marilyn's story against the backdrop of pre-feminist times. Experience her journey from a distressing childhood to the pedestal of stardom, eloquently explaining her pursuit of ambition in face of a continuous struggle with bipolar disorder. Each phase of her life, marked by celebrated love affairs and heartrending tragedies, is a stepping stone towards immortality.

The tell-all narrative includes eye-opening revelations, from the concealed compassionate act of Elizabeth Taylor towards Marilyn to her lost semi-nude love scene with Clark Gable, chronicling the few nights before her death with Warren Beatty, where she divulges her despair during their fateful encounter.

This biography also provides a comprehensive account of her final days, meticulously examining the series of miscommunications and misjudgments contributing to her calamitous end. Embark on this enlightening journey of the life and legacy of Marilyn Monroe.

About the Author

Charles Casillo is the author of Marilyn Monroe, The Marilyn Diaries, The Fame Game, Boys, Lost & Found, and Outlaw: The Lives and Careers of John Rechy. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and many others. His movies include "Let Me Die Quietly" and "Fetish."

Praise For…

“This biography from Casillo fleshes out the icon, telling Monroe’s tale in great and often harrowing detail and showing how the notorious blond pin-up was smarter and shrewder than most realize, yet just as tragic as we knew.” —New York Post, “Most Unforgettable Books of 2018”

“After all I've seen and heard about Marilyn Monroe, this book is a revelation, an earthy, empathic vision of a real woman who happened to be an ethereal goddess. Getting to know Charles Casillo's Marilyn made me feel a level of identification and understanding that was devastating and thrilling.” —Mary Gaitskill

"A refreshing take on the complex and talented Monroe....A+." —Tulsa Book Review

"Casillo explores the myriad facets of Monroe’s personality with a respectful but incisive intricately nuanced portrait of this misunderstood idol...A worthy addition to the Monroe canon." –Booklist

“A well-written examination of the mystique of a woman who still fascinates decades after her untimely death.”—Publishers Weekly

“A deep dive into the model and screen legend’s glamorous but troubled life…[Casillo] pays particularly sympathetic attention to her emotional journey…a compelling exploration of a beguiling film icon’s life.” Kirkus Reviews

“Extraordinary…Castillo's sympathetic and psychologically nuanced Marilyn Monroe bio is compulsively readable and well researched.” —Shelf Awareness

“Charles Casillo has managed to further peel back the layers on one of our most complex modern day heroines.” —Stanley Buchthal, co-editor of Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250624529
ISBN-10: 1250624525
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English