Marilyn Monroe – Private and Undisclosed


Marilyn Monroe – Private and Undisclosed
By Michelle Morgan
Constable & Robinson -£9.99

It’s hard knowing what to write (or not write) about Marilyn Monroe, as surely everything’s already been said?

Then again, the same just as readily applies to such icons as Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and of course, The Rolling Stones – who, after what seems several thousand years, continue to strut their stuff amid the boards of ever aging nostalgia – and it doesn’t deter people from wanting to read about them.

To be sure, it seems there’s a new book on Dylan almost every couple of months, which, in comparison to Monroe, is perhaps more understandable, simply because a) he’s still alive and b) still gigging, writing and releasing new material. So what is it about the iconic trajectory of Marilyn Monroe, that continues to keep the allure of her memory, as well as her image, in the public eye to the degree that it obviously still does?

Might it be because: ”In public, Marilyn Monroe was feted and loved, but in her private life there were controversies, conspiracies and unsolved puzzles?”

Marilyn Monroe – Private and Undisclosed, may, for some, go some way in deciphering and explaining some of the ”unsolved puzzles.”

As the authoress Michelle Morgan states in the book’s Preface: ”I have been a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe since I ‘discovered’ her whilst on holiday as a teenager in 1985 […] Over the years I have read so many books about Marilyn; many good, some not so good, and a few just plain awful.  I got so tired of reading scandal, gossip and made-up tittle-tattle that I decided to write my own
biography […]. The book took me four years to write and research, and I was – and still am – hugely proud of it. Miraculously, after writing the book, other people in Marilyn’s life could see that I was no scandal-driven author, and began to come forward to share stories and proved once again that Marilyn was not constantly depressed, nor was she a tragic dumb blonde. The information I
have obtained over the past four years has now been included in this new edition, and I am positive that it shows Marilyn’s story in the truest way yet.”

I have to say that all twenty-one chapters are written in a very down-to-earth fashion. There’s no high-brow, literary cover-up whatsoever. The book merely conveys Monroe’s life in a way that is both plausible and a pleasure to read. The light Morgan sheds on Monroe’s relationship with Joe DiMaggio alone, warrants the purchase of this book.

And after all is said and read, what more could one ask for?

David Marx


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