FIRST LOOK: NEW MARILYN BOOK TO PUBLISH 8/25
J. Randy Taraborrelli, noted New York Times best-selling celeb author (writing pretty much about every gay icon imagineable) is poised to release his latest dishy, well-researched and sourced work, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” (Grand Central Publishing), just in time for your late summer beach reading.
Every top producer I know considers J. Randy the go-to guy for exclusive and accurate dish, most recently regarding Michael Jackson, whom he began writing about in 1991. Using his unparalleled access to the Jackson Family and its team, he has broken numerous news exclusives about what is going on with Jackson’s out-of-control estate, children, mother Katherine, Debbie Rowe, contract negotiations, Michael’s body, his brain and more.
J. Randy’s applied that same research and source development skill to “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”, available nationwide August 25.
When you think there is nothing more that could be said about Marilyn, J. Randy [photo right] gets the never-before-revealed, fresh info – and photos, tons of never-before-seen photos – that every Marilyn fan needs through unparalleled access to newly released FBI, Secret Service and medical files and interviews with security personnel, family, friends and more.
Before Entertainment Tonight and The View, before People and Us Magazines, before the sit-down with CBS’s Harry Smith, sources told TheBPlot exclusively – despite protests from the book’s publicist – what everyone will be talking about later this month:
1. When Norma Jean Baker became famous as Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s, she said her mother, Gladys Baker, was either dead or not a part of her life, depending on the publicity campaign of the moment…neither was true.
2. Marilyn’s mentally ill mother was very much present in her world and created a complex family dynamic that unfolded behind the scenes as the star went from actress to icon – revealed for the first time.
3. The shocking scope of Marilyn’s mental deterioration and her desperate attempts to help herself.
5. The identity of Marilyn’s real father and the half-brother she never knew – revealed for the first time.
6. The potent story of Marilyn’s closely guarded friendship with Pat Kennedy Lawford.
“The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” – explosive, revelatory and moving, it is the final word on the life of one of the most fascinating and elusive legends of the twentieth century.
J. Randy Taraborrelli’s library of title:
- Diana : A Celebration of the Life and Career of Diana Ross (1985)
- Cher – A Biography (1986; updated in 1992)
- Motown: Hot Wax, City Cool and Solid Gold (1986; updated in 1988)
- Laughing Till It Hurts – The Complete Life and Career of Carol Burnett (1988)
- Call Her Miss Ross (1989; updated in 2007)
- Michael Jackson – The Magic and the Madness (1991; updated in 2003 and 2004. In 2009 the book was updated with the name of Michael Jackson – The Magic, the Madness, the Whole Story)
- Sinatra – Behind the Legend (1997; updated in 1998)
- Jackie, Ethel and Joan: Women of Camelot (2000)
- Madonna – An Intimate Biography (2001; updated in 2002)
- Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairytale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier (2003)
- Elizabeth (2006)
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