Last month marked the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. Fascination with Monroe hasn’t diminished over the past five decades as you can see by taking a look at your grocery store newsstand, browsing Pinterest, or watching Smash — a TV show about the creation of a Broadway musical about Monroe. To mark the anniversary of her tragic death, several new novels, biographies, and photos have been released over the last few years – including memoirs about time spent with Ms. Monroe and novels reimagining her final days. Below is a list of a few of the recently published works available around the county.
- Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner – With new details from Marilyn Monroe’s personal documents, Banner presents a new look at the life of the star.
- Marilyn & Me: A Photographer’s Memories by Lawrence Schiller – A memoir detailing Schiller’s times spent photographing Monroe.
- Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years by Keith Badman – A new biography that attempts to dispel many rumors, including information on the Kennedys, information on her relationship with DiMaggio, and more.
- Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis by David Wills – A stunning collection of photographs capturing Marilyn Monroe from 1942 until just before her death in 1962.
- MM – Personal: from the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner and Mark Anderson – Selected archival documents from Monroe’s personal filling cabinets.
- Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters – A look at Marilyn’s private life through written artifacts.
- The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker – A gritty, noir novel about the investigation surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s death.
- Misfit by Adam Braver – A novelization of Monroe’s last days spent in Lake Tahoe and intertwines events from her childhood, her marriages, and filming The Misfits.
- The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan – A fictional “biography” of Ms. Monroe told from the perspective of her dog, Maf.
Do you have a favorite Marilyn Monroe movie, photo, or book? Share it with us in the comments 🙂