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Goddess : The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe
Goddess The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe Author:Anthony Summers During her brief, incandescent life, almost everybody lied about Marilyn Monroe, and she did some of the fabricating. Now in "Goddess," Anthony Summers goes behind the lies, the gossip, and the myths to write the ultimate book on Marilyn Monroe, shimmering screen star, fabled fantasy figure, and one of the most poignant personalities of our time... more ». He has filled "Goddess" with stunning revelations about Marilyn's marriages, including the one she seemingly kept secret, and her affairs with the most famous and charismatic men of her era. For the first time, he produces firsthand testimony of her long-rumored liaisons with President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, the Attorney General.
This extraordinarily readable, compassionate book portrays Marilyn Monroe as she actually was - vital, witty, seductive, pathetic; and, ultimately, tragic. Hers was an incredible personal achievement. The product of a broken home, deserted by the father she never knew, shunted through a succession of foster homes, Marilyn married, among others, America's premier sports hero, Joe DiMaggio, and one of its finest playwrights, Arthur Miller, and became a legend in her own time.
To re-create this complex story, Summers has deployed all the skills of a page-turning author and a superb investigative reporter. He interviewed over six hundred people, including intimates and friends who have spoken out for the first time. He obtained startling new documents under the Freedom of Information Act and has exposed plots by the Mafia and its allies to use Marilun as a weapon in their war with the Kennedy brothers. And he chronicles the heartbreak of her final years through the correspondence of her psychiatrist, revealed for the first time in this book.
The first and only documented biography of the star's haunting life, "Goddess" is riveting, explosive, and deeply moving.« less