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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.
Published for the fiftieth anniversary of her tragic death, this definitive account dispels the rumors and sets the record straight on her last two years

Marilyn Monroe passed away at the age of thirty-six under circumstances that have remained mysterious to this day. Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years separates the myths and rumors from the facts as Keith Badman takes readers through the concluding months of 1960 to that fateful day in August 1962.

In this extraordinary book—the product of five years of exhaustive research—the author is both biographer and detective: Badman uncovers long-lost or previously unseen personal records, exclusive interviews, and eyewitness accounts that illuminate the final chapter of Marilyn’s life as she navigates weight gain, drug use, an dpersonal turmoil, along with drama on the set of the ill-fated movie Something’s Got to Give.

Badman dispels popular beliefs, such as her supposed affairs with John and Bobby Kennedy. (Monroe only had a one-night stand with the president at Bing Crosby’s house, and never with Bobby.) Readers learn the long-concealed identity of her biological father, who refused Marilyn’s attempt to contact him in 1951—and was then repaid with her apathy ten years later when he attempted to contact her. The author also reveals the details of her famous “last Sitting” with photographer Bert Stern (which was not her last photo shoot) and describes the horror she endured after being tricked into being institutionalized at the Payne-Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, from which ex-husband Joe DiMaggio had to pull strings to secure her release. Perhaps most shockingly, we learn of the regrettable incident in which a drunken Monroe was sexually exploited by mobsters at a Lake Tahoe hotel co-owned by Frank Sinatra. Finally contrary to the salacious rumors that Marilyn was suicidal or the victim of a murder and cover-up, Badman discloses new information about...

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ISBN 9780312607142
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Format Hardcover
Pages 340
Publisher Date 2012-07-17 00:00:00.0
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.25 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Final Years
Audience General/trade
Authors Badman, Keith
Country of Origin United States

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