As author J. Randy Taraborrelli points out, it is difficult to separate the facts about Marilyn Monroe’s life and death from the fiction, but he presents it all in a way that allows readers to form their own opinions. Taraborrelli covers Monroe’s early life, including how she came to live with a foster mother who “didn’t really take to children,” her rise to fame, the relationships she had (family, friends, and romantic partners), and the events leading up to her untimely death. He relies on a number of sources to provide as much accuracy as seems possible when discussing a woman who often invented her own background. Although the biography spans over 500 pages when the appendices and notes are included, the writing is always engrossing.
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