The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-28
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When Norma Jeane 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. However, neither was true. Marilyn's mentally ill mother was very much present in her world, and the complex family drama that unfolded behind the scenes is a story that has never before been told until now.

Author Biography

J. Randy Taraborrelli is a respected journalist, a recognizable entertainment personality, and in-demand guest on many television programs. He is the bestselling author of eight books. Taraborrelli is a reporter for the Times (London), Paris Match, and The Daily Mail (UK) and a contributor to Redbook,McCall's, and Good Housekeeping.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Prologuep. 1
The Beginningp. 7
Norma Jeane's Foster Mother, Idap. 9
Norma Jeane's Grandmother, Dellap. 12
Marilyn's Mother, Gladysp. 17
Norma Jeane Is Bornp. 22
Della's Terrible Fatep. 25
Living with the Bolendersp. 28
A Frightening Encounter with Gladysp. 33
Ida Wants to Adopt Norma Jeanep. 37
˘Now It's Time to Know Your Mother÷p. 39
A New-and Temporary-Lifep. 44
The Voices Returnp. 50
Grace Is Norma Jeane's Legal Guardianp. 55
Norma JeaneĂs Troubling Visit with Gladysp. 58
Norma Jeane in an Orphanagep. 60
Grace v. Idap. 66
Norma Jeane Learns She Has a Half Sisterp. 70
Norma Jeane Marriesp. 72
Transitioningp. 79
Crazy?p. 81
Gladys's Clever Planp. 84
Trouble in Paradisep. 87
Overnight Successp. 91
Gladys Is Releasedp. 94
Gladys's Plea to Norma Jeanep. 96
Jim Gets a Surprise: Gladysp. 99
How Gladys Lost Her Childrenp. 101
The First Norma Jeanep. 106
Jim's Ultimatump. 108
Final Cofrontation
Norma Jeane Signs with 20th Century-Foxp. 112
Marilynp. 117
Marilyn Trying to Understand Gladysp. 119
Getting Through to Gladys?p. 124
Wayne Bolender's Fatherly Advicep. 128
Giving Up Her Soulp. 130
Natashap. 135
Disappointmentp. 138
Johnny Hydep. 140
Gladys Marriesp. 145
Fifty Bucks for Nudity?p. 147
Stardomp. 151
Unwelcome Visitorsp. 153
The Asphalt Junglep. 156
All About Evep. 158
Dumb as a Blonde Foxp. 161
Suicide over Johnny?p. 165
Marilyn Tries to Meet Her ˘Father÷p. 168
Early Filmsp. 172
Jasper Diesp. 174
Don't Bother to Knockp. 177
Joe DiMaggiop. 180
The Nude Calendar Scandalp. 186
Gladys: ˘I'd Like to Have My Child's Love÷p. 189
Marilyn and Joe: Tumultuous Already?p. 194
Gladys's Surprise Visitp. 196
Niagarap. 200
Gentlemen Prefer Blondesp. 202
Gladys Threatens Gracep. 205
Gladys's New Homep. 209
How to Marry a Millionairep. 212
River of No Returnp. 215
Difficult Timesp. 217
Grace's Upsetting Secretp. 219
Grace Learns About Marilyn's Troublesp. 221
A Graceful Exitp. 225
A Shocking Discovery About Gracep. 226
Marilyn's Rebellionp. 229
Natasha Continues Her Dual Purposep. 232
Mrs. DiMaggiop. 234
There's No Business Like Show Businessp. 239
The Seven Year Itchp. 242
Marilyn Divorces Joep. 246
Sinatrap. 249
The Wrong Door Raidp. 253
Marilyn in New Yorkp. 259
Arthur Millerp. 268
Why Marilyn Was Investigated by the FBIp. 272
Bus Stopp. 274
Natasha Non Gratap. 276
Viocesp. 281
The Misery of Arthur Millerp. 283
Marilyn and Arthur Marryp. 285
The Prince and the Showgirlp. 287
Arthur Miller's Damning Journalp. 293
Quiet Before the Stormp. 296
Marilyn's Depressionp. 301
Some Like It Hotp. 306
A Sign from God?p. 312
Slow Deathp. 315
Giving Voice to the Voicesp. 317
Marilyn and Patp. 323
The Misfitsp. 331
No Reliefp. 338
Marilyn Is Committedp. 344
˘You Are a Very, Very Sick Girl÷p. 347
˘I'm Locked Up with These Poor Nutty People÷p. 350
˘How Dare You Betray Me!÷p. 353
Gladys's Sheets, Soaked with Bloodp. 355
Returning to the Safety of Sinatrap. 358
A Reunion with Berniecep. 365
Greenson's Diagnosisp. 370
A Second Opinionp. 374
Marilyn's Drugs of Choicep. 376
Dr. Greenson in Controlp. 383
Eunice Murrayp. 387
The Kennedysp. 391
Kennedy Stylep. 393
Marilyn and Bobbyp. 398
JFK: ˘Finally! You're Here!÷p. 403
Notorious Playersp. 406
Marilyn's Weekend with the Presidentp. 409
Something's Got to Givep. 412
Marilyn's Fascination with the Presidentp. 415
Marilyn's Surprise Visit to Patp. 419
An Overdose Because of JFK?p. 421
Were Marilyn and Bobby ˘The New Item÷?p. 422
Bobby: ˘The President Wants It and I Want It÷p. 428
˘Happy Birthday, Mr. President÷p. 433
Sad Endingsp. 441
Marilyn Firedp. 443
Gladys: ˘I Don't Say Goodbye÷p. 449
Pat: ˘My Friend Is Dying÷p. 457
The Lost Weekendp. 461
˘Maybe÷p. 467
Final Curtainp. 470
Appendicesp. 477
After Marilynp. 479
After MarilynĂs Deathp. 479
Glady's Life After Marilynp. 482
Perspective: Marilyn and the Kennedysp. 485
The FBI's Files on Marilynp. 489
The John Miner Transcriptsp. 492
Acknowledgmentsp. 495
Sources and Other Notesp. 503
Marilyn Monroe Filmographyp. 527
Indexp. 542
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