Review: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

marilynThe Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Published: August 25th 2009
: Grand Central Publishing
E-Book: 576 pages
Genre: Biography, Non-Fiction
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This is one of the best biographies I have ever read (not that I have ready many), but I have no complaints. The author takes you on a journey through Marilyn’s life from beginning to after her death. He focuses on everything I wanted to know about: her mother, childhood, men in her life and the movies. I felt that I got a complete picture of Marilyn’s life and I found it absolutely fascinating!


I now fully understand the fascination with Marilyn Monroe! She went through so much heartache and setbacks in her life, and yet she is was one of the biggest movies stars of all time. The men in her life treated her like property, they tried to control her, and some even attributed to her paranoia. And yet she kept on trying, she kept on looking for love and I wish with my whole heart that she would have found it in time.


At the back of this book there are images of Marilyn and the people in her life – I found these very interesting and I loved seeing everyone that was talked about in the book.

I also found the writing thoughtful and the author presented the facts to me, so I could form my own opinion. The author also tried to be fair to everyone that affected Marilyn’s life and I came out feeling that this was a job well done!

I couldn’t help but completely falling under Marilyn’s spell while reading this novel – I even watched a few old movies and started Tumblr’ing. So count me among one of Marilyn Monroe’s fans and I will definitely be reading more about her. And even more biographies, I can only hope that they are as great as this one was!

snarkybottles5This got a 9/10 from me.