When Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe eloped in January of 1954, they became an international sensation. Read more...
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From the "New York Times "bestselling author of "Bobby and Jackie" comes the riveting, true story of the passionate, volatile relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
When Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe eloped in January of 1954, they became an international sensation. "Joe and Marilyn "reveals the true inside story of these two iconic figures whose marital troubles were Hollywood legend." "Though their marriage only lasted nine months, they remained close until Monroe's mysterious death in 1962 at the age of thirty-six. He had a half-dozen red roses delivered three times a week to her crypt for twenty years. According to Heymann, DiMaggio remained devoted to her until his own death in 1999.
An intimate, sensitive, shocking, and richly detailed look at two of America's biggest stars, Heymann delivers the expertise and passion for his subjects that his many fans so love. Based on extensive archival research and personal interviews with family and friends, "Joe and Marilyn" offers great insight into this famously tragic romance. Sixteen pages of striking photos accompany this unforgettable love.
- ISBN-13: 9781439191774
- ISBN-10: 1439191778
- Publisher: Atria Books
- Publish Date: July 2014
- Page Count: 438
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-05-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Although Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s marriage was short-lived, the late Heymann (Bobby and Jackie), in his final work, reveals why their Hollywood love affair remains one of the most famous in celebrity history. DiMaggio’s and Monroe’s dynamic personalities fueled romance and the attention of the media, and Heymann recounts with great skill the couple’s close, tumultuous, and tragic relationship. When they met (a double date Monroe almost skipped), DiMaggio had finished his baseball career and Monroe’s career was rising. Although their affection for one another was genuine, they were certainly not happily married. Celebrity gossip aficionados will thoroughly enjoy Heymann’s well-researched yet approachable style. Using archival research and interviews with family and friends as well as contemporary secondary sources, Heymann renders impressively intimate portraits of both DiMaggio and Monroe, while demonstrating an understanding of their close friendship. Weaving their histories into a detailed narrative, Heymann provides room for analysis of their characters, and the result is as entertaining as it is informative. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Entertainment. (July)