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Born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, to Gladys Monroe and Edward Mortenson, she never knew her father. She was placed in a foster home with Albert and Ida Baloney until she was 7, then returned to her mother. Until the following year, when her mother was admitted to a mental home for depression.

Norma Jean was taken in by her mother's friend, Grace McKee. Grace married Erwin Goddard, who Norma Jean accused of attempting to rape her.

"She used to come by the house with Beebe Goddard from high school. They had quite a ways to walk. So I would drive them home. ... She was going to have to go back to the orphanage because Doc Goddard and Grace Goddard were moving to Virginia. His company was transferring him. And grace talked to my mother and asked if I would like to marry Norma Jean. I had taken her to a dance before, and I realized she was a big girl for 15 or 16. And she was -- she was a sweetheart. " Jim Dougherty

Grace and Erwin arranged a marriage in June 1942 between Norma Jean, 16, and Jim Dougherty, 21 that lasted 4 years. They divorced in September of '46.

"She became a movie actress. ... She wanted to live together and maintain a relationship, and I told her, no, that I wanted a family. And I said good-bye to her on the porch of Aunt Anna's. And that's when she told me that her name was going to be Marilyn Monroe. ... It's a shame that she had to give up half her life for that fame. .. I loved her. I was very much in love with Norma Jean. " Jim Dougherty

To Norma Jeane with Love, Jimmie by Jim Dougherty, Lc Van Savage The marriage of Jim Dougherty and Norma Jeane Baker before Hollywood. It's a view of a girl married at 16, in love with her husband, Jim Dougherty. This book will give you a different perspective on Hollywood stardom. Dozens of photographs.

Monroe was uneducated but savvy. Monroe wasn't stupid, helpless or victimized by fame. She loved being a celebrity.

She was in the first issue of "Playboy."

Joe DiMaggio, her greatest sex partner, upset her after he became enraged over the "The Seven Year Itch" (1955) VHS - DVD sheer panty-flashing shoot that went on for many hours, while Marilyn was obviously basking in the attention of the crowd cheering her on. According to reporter and close friend of Marilyn's, James Bacon, DiMaggio beat her up that night.

There were many connections to Nevada during her short life, beginning with the divorce in Las Vegas in September 1946 from first husband James Dougherty at age 20, to her last visit to Frank Sinatra's lavish, new Cal-Nevada Lodge at Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe, with actor Peter Lawford in July 1962.

In the last interview before her death, Marilyn pleaded unsuccessfully with a reporter to end his article like this: "What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe". The media always ignored what Marilyn Monroe really believed.

Norma Jean Baker, Marilyn Monroe, was found dead in her Brentwood home from an overdose of sleeping pills on August 5, 1962, by her housekeeper, Eunice Murray. She was nude, atop her telephone on her bed. But signs of barbiturate overdose were absent. The last person to see Marilyn alive was her doctor, or the housekeeper.

Controversy surrounds her August 4, 1962 death. Many believe her affairs with Bobby and John Kennedy meant she "knew too much." She loved Jack Kennedy very much. The only time Robert Kennedy came to see her was to talk her out of seeing Jack because it had been a scandal. Learn more about America's Kennedy family. Who was Lee Harvey Oswald?

"Well, she was drinking fairly heavy. And she had champagne and vodka, drinking vodka straight on the rocks. And then she'd pop pills. And I said, Marilyn, the combination will kill you. She says, It hasn't killed me yet, and took another drink. ... " -- James Bacon, close friend and only reporter who got into her bungalow the night she died

Interviews with Marilyn's first husband, Jimmie Dougherty, Jane Russell costarred with Marilyn in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Marilyn's friend, actress Mamie Van Doren, James Bacon, a close friend and only reporter who got into her bungalow the night she died, cried as the ambulance drove away, Arlene Dahl who dated Kennedy as a senator, introduced Marilyn to Jack Kennedy, Steve Crist, Marilyn's longtime lover and friend, editor of a new book "Marilyn " featuring the work of photographer Andrei de Dienes.

She felt betrayed by her friends."

Marilyn's Autopsy -- Coroner Thomas Noguchi conducted the operation. Some claim J. Edgar Hoover and his Mafia cohorts are directly responsible for the murder of Marilyn Monroe.

John F. Kennedy & Marilyn Monroe Papers -- John F. Kennedy & Marilyn Monroe Papers - Inside Information on the Controversy and Litigation Concerning the Files of JFK's Secret Advisor, Attorney Lawrence X. Cusack, Sr.

Marilyn Monroe: The FBI Files by Tim Coates

Remembering Marilyn Monroe, with her first husband, Jimmie Dougherty. He was 21 when he married his 16-year-old neighbor, Norma Jean Baker, in 1942. Jeanne Carmen, Marilyn's closest friend in Hollywood, Mickey Rooney, who co-starred with Marilyn in one of her earliest films, 1950' "The Fireball," Cyd Charisse, the brilliant, beautiful dancer who co-starred in Marilyn's unfinished final film, 1962's "Something's Got to Give," and columnist and author James Bacon, first reporter on the scene when Marilyn's body was found, and so close to Marilyn, he was once her lover.

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek --Drawing upon previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives to tell for the first time how sick Kennedy was, what medications he took and concealed, and how severely his medical condition affected his actions. We learn the real story of how Bobby was selected as Attorney General. Dallek reveals what Jack's father did to help his election to the presidency, and follows evidence to show what path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement. Never shying away from Kennedy's weaknesses, Dallek explores his strengths. The result is a portrait of a bold, brave, human.

Jack Anderson: JFK, the Mob & Me -- Jack Anderson one of the most respected and accomplished investigative journalists details his close relationship with John F. Kennedy and his belief the Mafia was involved in his assassination. Anderson's theory is bolstered by close contacts with important Mob bosses in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, and revelations of organized crime's relationships with Castro, Cuba, and the CIA. Extensive footage documents the relationships Anderson claims were at the heart of the tragedy, and interviews with Anderson sources shed light on the theory. Revisit the discoveries that led Anderson to the conclusion embraced by conspiracy theorists worldwide. Oliver Stone tells how Anderson's work influenced his Academy- Award winning JFK.

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Marilyn Monroe - The Diamond Collection -- DVD -- VHS
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5 Marilyn Monroe films plus the documentary The Final Days. Bus Stop (1956) stars Monroe as a singer who finds herself trapped at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) was built around Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable, who play friends with a plan to find and marry rich men. Monroe plays an ambitious showgirl in 1954's There's No Business Like Show Business, which brings together Ethel Merman and Irving Berlin to celebrate vaudeville. Howard Hawks's 1953 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes stars Monroe and Jane Russell as friends who go to Paris looking for mates. The Seven Year Itch (1955) is a memorable laugh machine. A married man left alone during a hot summer, matched by Monroe's zesty comic flair, and the scene in which her white dress is blown skyward by a passing subway train has entered the encyclopedia of great movie images. In The Final Days, producer-director Patty Ivins chronicles Monroe's final, aborted feature film, Something's Got to Give, which was ultimately shut down after the star was dismissed from the production. Beyond Monroe's fragile emotional and physical health, this profile examines the financial crisis facing her studio as well as the mounting frustration as Monroe's absences drove the shoot over budget. The documentary concludes with a 40-minute reconstruction of footage completed for the feature, which would subsequently be reshot as a vehicle for Doris Day and James Garner, Move Over, Darling.

Marilyn by Andre de Dienes, Steve Crist -- Worldwide limited edition of 20,000 individually numbered copies. A rare and unbelievable treasure. After sitting in storage since his death in 1985, Photographer Andr de Dienes's complete Marilyn archives have been gathered for this exclusive publication! de Dienes's life was changed forever in when he met an aspiring model named Norma Jeane Baker. They took off on the road together so that Andr could photograph her in natural settings across the West. During their travels, they fell in love and were briefly engaged. After their romance, they remained friends and he continued to photograph her. His unique photographs helped launch her model career and, the film career. His relationship with the star, including private moments never before revealed, are detailed in memoirs, written shortly before his death. These tell a bittersweet story of love and friendship, tracing the evolution of a sensitive, ambitious girl into a deeply troubled megastar. From their trip to see Norma Jeane's mother in an Oregon mental hospital to her visit to his home the year before her death, de Dienes recounts emotional moments they shared. This special edition is a touching autobiography and an exclusive personal exploration into the psychology, history, and iconography of Marilyn. Andrei's were the first real pictures of Marilyn. He photographed her young, in November 1945 '53. An extra-large format, 240-page hardcover book featuring a vast selection of photographs and excerpts, printed on 150g matte stock a 608 page softcover facsimile of de Dienes's complete Marilyn memoirs and his Marilyn composite book includes the complete set of nearly 1000 Marilyn photos, and all 24 of Marilyn's magazine covers shot by de Dienes With some exceptions, these images-especially those in color-have never been seen before!

Milton's Marilyn: The Photographs of Milton H. Greene
by Milton H. Greene, James Kotsilibas-Davis
Milton Greene "the greatest photographer of women." Milton's Marilyn appears as enchanting gypsy, saloon girl, barely clad ballerina, innocent high school yearbook heartthrob, and screen siren in incendiary scarlet dress. He also captures privileged glimpses of her private life: clowning with her boyfriend Brando, backstage on films, frolicsome in a swimming pool. In some shots, she wears no makeup. In others, she's tipsy; she used to travel with Greene under the name Zelda Zonk. Rock Hudson spurned the costar role in Bus Stop because producer Milton Greene rebuffed Rock's sexual proposition. Greene was Monroe's business partner and mentor until he outlived his usefulness, and this book adds interesting news to Barbara Leaming's intelligent bio Marilyn Monroe.

The Marilyn Encyclopedia by Adam Victor
"the most comprehensive book about [Marilyn Monroe's] extraordinary life and legacy ever published." Victor has taken every conceivable source of Marilyn information-- including Internet rumors and Hollywood gossip among well-documented tidbits--distilled them down to alphabetical entries, and cross-referenced. Fans can check out Marilyn's Look covers or a list of the screenwriters she worked with, the name of the first restaurant she and Joe DiMaggio ate at on their honeymoon or the name of Marilyn's poodle. From Marilyn's disdain for underwear to her working relationship with John Huston. This encyclopedia contains a rich assortment of photos: posed studio portraits, pinups, and candid shots. Quotes and anecdotes throughout the book. Monroe may have been a trying person to deal with on a day-to-day basis. For the fan who wants to know everything about Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto

Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming
Barbara Leaming, a literary star among movie-star biographers, offers the last thing you'd expect in a book on Marilyn Monroe: new information from verifiable sources. Sure, lots of the tragedy is familiar: an abused, confused girl from an orphanage with a mother in a madhouse rises from sexual party favor for homely showbiz men to the movie superstar who pushes them around, until she crashes, a victim of self-loathing and drug addiction. The thing about a tragedy is that its heroine isn't a victim--she's responsible for her fate. Digging up hard facts from sources like UCLA's 20th Century Fox collection and diary-like first drafts of Arthur Miller's semiautobiographical work, Leaming makes sense of Monroe's motives. She solves Monroe's suicide with clues from the star's psychiatrist's letters in the Anna Freud collection. Her last overdose may have happened because her shrink went to dinner with his wife and she felt abandoned. But Monroe wasn't a candle in the wind. She burned with ambition and knew how to craft a persona and play power games--with moguls and with the commie-busters hounding her husband Miller. Leaming analyzes the Miller-Monroe-Elia Kazan love/hate triangle, sizes up the Kennedy connection, busts her acting coach Lee Strasberg as "chillingly mercenary," and shows how her life entangled her art, film by film.

Marilyn Monroe by Paul Donnelley Short, snappy, and easy to read. Packed with facts, opinions, and all the key information. There's also a handy reference section that lists related web sites and all the weightier books on the subject. For media buffs and students.

Marilyn Monroe: Photographs 1945-1962 by Truman Capote
This volume of stunning photographs celebrates the beauty and charisma of Norma Jean Baker, later Marilyn Monroe. Early pinups, film scenes and publicity stills, and portraits by famous photographers such as Richard Avedon, Philippe Halsman, Cecil Beaton, and Bert Stern provide a collection of highlights from the life and career of Hollywood's most erotic icon, in cinematic history. Also included is a sensitive and revealing essay about the star by Truman Capote.

Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting by Bert Stern
The more than 2,500 shots that make up this tribute to Monroe were taken by renowned fashion photographer Bert Stern over the course of a 3-day sitting-the last time Marilyn would pose in front of a camera. Six weeks later, she was found dead in her home. The images project a haunting, dreamlike quality. Marilyn was known to possess an ability to transform herself into whatever role she was to play. In these pages she is goddess, siren, child, woman, femme fatale and dream date. Yet there is an air of desperation about these photos. Stern looks back on that sitting, offering a revealing, naked portrait of Marilyn -a vulnerable, confused woman who at the apex of her career, relinquished control of her life.

Marilyn Monroe: Cover to Cover by Clark Kidder
A history of magazine covers reveals the evolution of Norma Jean early in her modeling career through the glamorous screen goddess phase, ending with a troubled Marilyn in her last days.

Marilyn Monroe and the Camera by Jane Russell
Marilyn posed for nearly every major photographer of her day, and this pictorial chronicle of her affair with the camera, featuring shots from Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alred Eisentaedt, Elliott Erwitt, Philippe Halsman, Weegee, and thirty other artists, brings together the most beautiful and unusual images available. From her early days as a "fashion model" for ads and pinup calendars, through the film stills that follow her career as a minor actress and then major starlit, to the now-famous portraits by Avedon, and Cecil Beaton, as well as the paparazzi shots from the hordes of photographers who trailed her every move-Marilyn emerges in all her many moods: girlish and gay, sexy and serious, glamorous and girl-next-door. And, in a fascinating and revealing interview with French writer George Belmont, Marilyn sets the record straight about much of her early life, and about her ambitions, fears, and dreams. Jane Russell, Marilyn's friend and costar in! Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, enhances this portrait with an affectionate foreword that describes what it was like to work with the young actress.

Marilyn: A Life in Pictures (Life in Pictures) by Diana Karanikas Harvey

 

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