Saturday, August 29, 2009

THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE: AN AUDIO BOOK GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE SECRET LIFE OF
MARILYN MONROE

BY J. RANDY TARABORRELLI
AN AUDIO BOOK
READ BY ROBERT PETKOFF

ABOUT THE BOOK/AUDIO BOOK:
When Marilyn Monroe became famous in the 1950s, the world was told that her mother, Gladys Baker, was either dead or simply not a part of her life -- depending on the publicity campaign of the moment. However, that was not true. In fact, her mentally ill mother was very much present in Marilyn's world. The complex family dynamic that unfolded behind the scenes as Miss Monroe blazed a path to iconic glory is a story that has never before been told...until now.

In this groundbreaking book, Taraborrelli draws complex and sympathetic portraits of the powerful women so influential in the actress' life:

  • Her mother, Gladys Baker, who gave up her daughter, Norma Jeane (Marilyn) after having two others kidnapped from her.
  • Her foster mother, Ida Bolender, who raised Norma Jeane for seven years -- a woman whose brash but powerful approach to parenting has been completely misunderstood.
  • The legal guardian, Grace Goddard, who helped create "Marilyn Monroe."
He also tells for the first time the potent story of Marilyn's closely guarded friendship with Pat Kennedy Lawford, sister of President John Kennedy; he sheds new light on Marilyn's so-called affair with JFK; and he reveals shocking information about Marilyn's relationship with Robert Kennedy. An epic journey told by a master storyteller, this is the final word on the life of one of the most fascinating and elusive icons of the 20th Century.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J. RANDY TARABORRELLI, is the author of sixteen books, including the New York Times best-sellers, Call Her Miss Ross - The Unauthorized Biography of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson - The Magic and the Madness, Sinatra - Behind the Legend, Madonna - An Intimate Biography, Jackie, Ethel, Joan - Women of Camelot, and Elizabeth. The Los Angeles writer is not only a respected journalist, he is also a recognizable entertainment personality and in-demand guest on many television programs, including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and CNN - Headline News. Additionally, J. Randy Taraborrelli works for CBS News as a news analyst.

SOME TRIVIA ABOUT MARILYN YOU MAY/MAY NOT KNOW
  • Voted 'Sexiest Woman of the Century' by People Magazine. [1999]
  • Was 1947's Miss California Artichoke Queen.
  • Was roommates with Shelley Winters when they were both starting out in Hollywood.
  • The licensing of Marilyn's name and likeness, handled world-wide by Curtis Management Group, reportedly nets the Monroe estate about $2 million a year.
  • Started using the name Marilyn Monroe in 1946, but did not legally change it until 1956.
  • Interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Corridor of Memories, crypt #24.
  • Hugh M. Hefner owns the burial vault next to hers.
  • Her first modeling job paid only five dollars.
  • Often carried around the book, "The Biography of Abraham Lincoln."
  • Was an outstanding player on the Hollygrove Orphanage softball team.
  • Fearing blemishes, she washed her face fifteen times a day.
  • Went to Van Nuys High School (Los Angeles) in the early 1940s but never graduated.
  • Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote a tribute to her entitled "Candle in the Wind". In 1997 it was re-recorded with updated lyrics in memory of Princess Diana.
  • The dress Marilyn wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to John F. Kennedy at his 45th birthday celebration was so tight she had to be sewn into it. This was May 19, 1962.
  • In 1999, a make-up kit that she had owned sold for $266,500.
  • Was originally set to play Holly Golightly in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961), but Audrey Hepburn played the role instead.
  • Her "Happy Birthday Mr. President" dress sold for $1,267,500.00, a world record for the most expensive piece of clothing ever sold, and is in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Her classic shape, according to her dressmaker, is actually measured at 37-23-36.
  • There are over 600 books written about her.
  • At 168, Marilyn's IQ was significantly higher than John F. Kennedy's 129. (A score of 100 is considered average and 150 to be highly gifted).
  • Champagne was her drink of choice and Dom Perignon was her particular favorite.

AN AUDIO BOOK GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP FOR
SPONSORING THIS GIVEAWAY,
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS AUDIO
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY TO YOU!

RULES:

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HOW TO ENTER:

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72 comments:

gaby317 said...

Hey, I'm the first to comment!

I found it interesting that Marilyn's IQ was higher than Kennedy's!

And that Hugh Hefner bought the burial vault right next to Marilyn's.

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gaby317 said...

i'm an old and loyal follower

on googlereader and blogger

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Zia said...

5 dollars for the first modeling assignment wow!

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Dixie said...

I found it interesting that it was 10 years before she legally changed her name after already using it.
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Dixie said...

I am a already a follower of this blog on google friends connect and also on twitter.
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I found out that I only didn't know ONE of the trivia facts, the one about the baseball team! (I'm a big MM fan!)

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I am an old follower on Google Reader.

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bermudaonion said...

My mom would love this, so please enter me! I found it interesting that she washed her face 15 times a day - makes me wonder if she had a schedule. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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Park Avenue Princess said...

Oh Bingo! I SO SO SO Want this one! I LOVE Marilyn! OK..so, I knew most of the trivia but, what I didn't know was that her "Happy Birthday Mr. President" dress holds the record for the MOST EXPENSIVE piece of clothing ever sold!! She's no doubt one of my very favorites!! PLEASE include me in this one! YAY!!

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Park Avenue Princess said...

+1 I'm already a loyal follower. I get updates on google reader and on Friend Connect! (I think I get this another way as well..) I just found out about this really fast. But, Gaby must've been quicker!!

Thank you again Bingo for hosting this one with Hachette! Oh I want it!!

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Can you tell I'm excited? lol : )

wade said...

wow her first modeling job paid only five dollars..very interesting

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wade said...

i'm a loyal follower

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Janel said...

I've always been fascinated with Marilyn, but I have never heard about her mother and the other women.

I loved that her IQ was so much higher than JFK's!!

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I am a long time follower :)

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Jenny N. said...

+1 I did not know that she was Miss California Artichoke Queen

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Jenny N. said...

+1 Just added you on google friend connect

+1 Already a follower on Blogger

Searcher said...

At 168, Marilyn's IQ was significantly higher than John F. Kennedy's 129....so cool.

Just as an added note one of my favorite movies with Marilyn is -Niagra (1953) Directed by Henry Hathaway. It is never really mentioned and she is wonderful.

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Searcher said...

At 168, Marilyn's IQ was significantly higher than John F. Kennedy's 129....so cool.

Just as an added note one of my favorite movies with Marilyn is -Niagra (1953) Directed by Henry Hathaway. It is never really mentioned and she is wonderful.

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Searcher said...

I am a follower.

Beth said...

It's so cool and appropriate that Hef owns the burial plot next to hers.

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Beth said...

I'm an existing Google follower.

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Anonymous said...

her first modelling job only 5$$!!!
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Beth said...

The dress she wore to sing Happy Birthday to JFK was so tight she had to be sewn into it.
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sharon54220 said...

WOW!! This would be a nice addition to my memoir collection. I love the song Candle in the Wind. I didn't know that Elton John wrote this as a tribute to her.

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sharon54220 said...

Of course, I'm a follower of this great blog. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Brenda said...

I think I was most surprised by her actual size/measurements.

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Brenda said...

I was already a follower through google reader

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NatalieA said...

I found it interesting that she made 5 dollars for her first modeling job! Wow!
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I'm already following! Thanks!

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I tweeted!
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Kristi said...

I thought it was interesting that she had an IQ of 168!

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Kristi said...

I've been following for quite awhile and read through a feed reader.


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Cindy said...

There are over 600 books written about her! That is alot!

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Cindy said...

I'm a new follower!

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I tweeted!
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Kat Bryan said...

I had no idea Marilyn had such a high IQ.

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Anonymous said...

I found it interesting that there are over 600 books written about Marilyn Monroe.

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janetfaye said...

I found it interesting that Her classic shape, according to her dressmaker, is actually measured at 37-23-36.

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janetfaye said...

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Alyce said...

Her IQ is just astonishing! She must have really spent a great deal of time cultivating the ditzy image. I am totally envious of her 23 inch waistline measurement. :)

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Debbie F said...

$1,267,500.00 for a dress?!!!! OMG!!! What I would do for that money!

I am a long time follower!

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Wanda said...

I didn't know there were over 600 books written about Marilyn Munroe!!
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I'm already a follower of your blog.
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Heidi V said...

I had no idea she was supposed to be in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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catss99 said...

I never knew about her having two siblings who were kidnapped
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Beth said...

I am a google follower
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Debs Desk said...

I think that it is crazy that her first modeling job paid $5.00. Please include me in your giveaway.
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I am a follower.
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DCMetroreader said...

I found it interesting that she was on the Orphanage Softball team.

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dag888888 said...

What I found interesting: MM was originally set to play Holly Golightly in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S!

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Already a google friend connect follower.

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thebookaddict said...

I did not know that Marilyn had such a high IQ, but I'm not surprised. She was actually a very intelligent person who came across dumb because she was highly self-conscious and self-questioning. Would love to win this!

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thebookaddict said...

I have been a loyal follower for a few weeks now...via Google friend connect!

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enyl said...

I learned tha Marylin had a high IQ and that her first modleing gig paid a paltry $5.

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enyl said...

I became a follower today

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Linda K said...

She was Shelley Winters' roommate

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Linda K said...

new google friend connect follower today

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Cindy said...

I found it interesting that she was roommates with Shelley Winters. Something else that is fasinating was her closeness to the Kennedys, but no one really knows the extent of the relationships. I do think it is cool that she had a higher IQ than JFK.

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Cindy said...

I am a follower, but one of the old ones!

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Kim said...

this is interesting: Fearing blemishes, she washed her face fifteen times a day. WEIRD!

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