What are the best Marilyn Monroe biographies?

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    #1Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words

    Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words

    Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words is written by famed photographer and reporter George Barris after he had come to see Marilyn Monroe on the set of what would be her final, unfinished, film. 

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    James Carr
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This has everything I needed in it. The book contains photos with the documented events which is exactly what I was looking for. I am a visual person and this back has that plus more. "
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    #2Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

    Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

    Marilyn Monroe: The Biography is written by Daniel Spoto based on more than 150 interviews and 35,000 pages of previously sealed files, including Monroe's diaries, letters, and other personal and revealing documents. 

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    Marilyn Carr
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I love the story of Marilyn Monroe! Reading her diary and personal letters really puts you into her life."
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    #3Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

    Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

    Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox is written by Lois Banner which brings the known facts up to date and offers a fresh and modern take on Marilyn Monroe's life and choices, which is said to be a complete and honest effort about her. 

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    Benjamin Matthews
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I recently bought the book "Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox" because I wanted to learn more about the life of the hollywood star and sex symbol during the 50's and the 60's Marilyn Monroe. I got to know she was more fragile than she appeared, and I enjoyed the fresh style of the book. I suggest it to everyone that would like to know more about Marilyn. "
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    #4My Sister Marilyn: A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe

    My Sister Marilyn: A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe

    My Sister Marilyn: A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe is written by Berniece Baker Miracle with the help of her daughter Mona Rae to share the story she has kept private for fifty years about her sister Marilyn Monroe and how she rises to fame. 

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    Kimberly Ortiz
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "A good read if one wants to get a up close and person look at Marilyn's life through the eyes of a family member, although I do wonder if her sister was actually close to Monroe or if she wrote the book to make money off of her name."
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    #5Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed

    Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed

    Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed is the biography by the president of Marilyn Monroe’s UK fan club containing the most comprehensive collection of primary source material on her covering all stages of her life. 

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    Saúl González
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Way too rushed. The book is just too stuffed with details, so the entire book is just a long blur of names and faces. I appreciate the research that went into this, but that's all for naught if the book is a slog to get through."
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    #6Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love

    Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love

    Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love is written by New York Times bestselling author C. David Heymann based on the true story of the passionate, volatile relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

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    Doris Nichols
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Great biography about a part of Marilyn's life."
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    #7Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe

    Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe

    Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe is written by Anthony Summers on her rollercoaster life, divided secret life, and death. It also includes her affair with John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy. 

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    Sara Garcia
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Yes, this would make an excellent choice for a biography about Marilyn Monroe. Anthony Summers does an excellent job of following Marilyn's life from her obscure beginnings to her height of fame and beyond. "
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    #8MM-Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe

    MM-Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe
    MM-Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe is written by Lois Banner based on more than 10,000 unseen and unpublished items from Marilyn’s own file cabinets such as documents, snapshots, letters, and memorabilia.
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    Cat Zhang
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Decent enough biography, seems to have been written by Marilyn's personal stalker."
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