August 5th marked the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, and the publishing world has honored her memory with tons of new biographies and even Marilyn novels. Our Marilyn feature spotlights the two best bios, each offering divergent views of America’s bombshell, proving that she continues to be the ultimate mystery girl.
And this week, you could win both!
Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner “seeks to quash the notion of Monroe as damaged victim. Marilyn is instead the one on top—a smart cookie, largely in control of her self-created sexy persona and career. . . Banner recounts various Monroe death theories, including those with a conspiratorial edge involving the Kennedys, and wonders if, had she lived, she would have embraced the sisterhood of feminism. ” Read more in the feature.
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years by Keith Badman “steadfastly refutes an affair with JFK—beyond a one-nighter—and shoots down a rumored RFK romance. Itineraries prove both were logistically impossible, Badman argues. He also claims to have solved the mystery of Monroe’s death, via copious data regarding her lengthy use of prescription meds. Well, maybe. . . .” Read more in the feature.
TO ENTER: Leave a comment about your favorite Hollywood icon.
CONTEST DETAILS: One winner will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 5 pm CST on Friday, August 17. The winner will receive copies of Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox and Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years. Prize must be shipped to a North American address, and Rhode Island residents are not eligible. (Full contest rules here.) Good luck!
ETA: Congratulations to our winner, Eileen! Her favorite Hollywood icon is Elizabeth Taylor, another mystery girl.
Thanks to all who entered. Contest is now closed.