The Immortals by Michael KordaThis book is historical fiction about Marilyn Monroe, Jack Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy, during the time that the alleged affairs happened, up until Marilyns death.
Marilyn is a fascinating character, and I will chew up any little tidbits about her life. She was so beautiful, but so damaged.
This book covered the period where Marilyn was filming The Misfits, and all the backstage drama about her marriage that was falling apart and her drug use. I went and watched the film because of this book, and I found it so terribly sad to watch her in the role of Roslyn because it just seemed so apt, and so tragic that she was so close to dying.
The book was a massive read, but very well written. It plays up to all of the conspiracy theories, but given that we will probably never know the full truth about these infamous characters, it feels ok to enjoy the story as truth.
Highly recommended for all Marilyn fans.
Death of Marilyn Monroe
Her body was discovered before dawn on Sunday, August 5. She was a major sex symbol and one of the most popular Hollywood stars during the s and early s. Monroe had suffered from mental illness and substance abuse for several years prior to her death, and she had not completed a film since The Misfits , which was released in She had spent preoccupied with her various health problems, and in April had begun filming Something's Got to Give for 20th Century Fox , but the studio fired her in early June. The studio publicly blamed her for the production's problems, and in the weeks preceding her death, Monroe attempted to repair her public image by giving several interviews to high-profile publications. She also began negotiations with Fox on being re-hired for Something's Got to Give and for starring roles in other productions. Monroe spent the last day of her life, Saturday, August 4, at her home in Brentwood.
Famous for playing comic " blonde bombshell " characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the s and early s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality., Kennedy may have played a role. It was reported that she had been threatening to hold a press conference divulging her relationships with them.
Kennedy at a democratic fundraiser on May 19, But it was a moment after Monroe sang at Madison Square Garden in honor of the president's 45th birthday that is attracting attention. A black and white image, which is now up for sale, is the only known photograph of Kennedy and Monroe together, perhaps because of the rumors of an affair that have swirled for 50 years. In the photo Monroe, wearing the same dress she performed in, is speaking to President Kennedy, whose head is tilted slightly and looking down while listening to her. His brother, Robert Kennedy, is standing next to the pair looking on. The photo was snapped at a private party at the Manhattan home of Arthur and Mathilde Krim, according to filmmaker Keya Morgan who owns the print.