I am very happy to announce that anyone who orders my 'Marilyn's Footsteps' book by Friday 3rd February 2012, will be automatically entered into a draw to win a signed copy of my new biography 'A Brief Guide to Marilyn Monroe' which will be published in May. All being well, you might even get it a bit earlier than everyone else too....
To enter all you have to do is email me your 'Marilyn's Footsteps' order number and you'll be entered. My address is Michelle(at)MichelleMorgan(dot)co(dot)uk.
No cheating now - I know how many people have ordered so far, so only genuine orders will be entered. Thanks!
Just click on the link above to go straight to the 'Marilyn's Footsteps' order page....
I am a huge fan of Jean Harlow as well as Marilyn Monroe, and so imagine my delight when the postman came this morning and put two books through my door... one about Jean and the other Marilyn!
These books are both written by Richard Kirby and are available from www.Lulu.com or you can click the link to his website above for more information. Both books are illustrated throughout with rare photographs - some of which I had never seen before, and I've seen quite a few in my time!!
Obviously I have not read the text yet as the books have only arrived today, but based on the photographs and Richard's enthusiasm towards his subjects, I can certainly recommend them.
Time for another sneak peak at the Marilyn book! This time it concerns the lady sitting at the back of the boat, with Marilyn in the middle. I had interviewed a lady called Annabelle for the book, and then later thought I recognised her in this photograph by an unknown photographer.
I sent it to her and she has confirmed that she believes it is indeed her in the boat. This lady modelled and acted in Los Angeles at the same time as Marilyn. She has shared stories of modelling jobs she went on with Marilyn and has also told me that she went out with Bill Pursel's brother when Marilyn went out with Bill. The information on this and lots more is all in the book!
PS - If you know who the photographer of this photograph was, I'd love to hear from you, as I'd like to credit them in the book. Thanks!
It's time for another sneaky peak into my new Marilyn Monroe book.....
There are 402 pages, and 21 chapters, starting with 'The Lady with the Red Hair' and ending with 'Say a Prayer for Norma Jeane.' After the last chapter there is also a postscript, Remembrance chapter (tributes from those who knew Marilyn), and many pages of references, sources, bibliography etc.
Other chapter titles include: Chapter 2: Dreams and Nightmares; Chapter 11: 'I'm trying to find myself'; Chapter 15: High Hopes; Chapter 18: Catastrophe... and many more.
I was very happy to be asked onto the Malcolm Boyden show again this morning, by my friends at BBC Radio Oxford. I have spoken to them many times in the past and I enjoy it every time.
During the interview I spoke about Marilyn and her professional relationship with photographer Eve Arnold who passed away several days ago. If you would like to listen, the audio will be online later today (6th January) and remain on the site for several days. You can click on 'Listen Again' and I appear about 40 minutes before the end of the show.
Just click the link above and you'll be taken straight there!
Here is part two of the new Marilyn book sneak peaks! This one was actually cut out of the book because of my word count, and isn't directly related to Marilyn but it is a fun little story nevertheless.... When Gladys moved in with Grace McKee, they lived at the Rayfield Apartments at 237 Bimini Place. This apartment block was quite colourful and around the time the women lived there, it made headlines when a neighbour, Fay B Simpson, phoned the police to claim he had just murdered his wife. Officers swarmed the block, only to find Mrs Simpson alive and well and denying all knowledge of ever being murdered by her husband. The story made the pages of the Los Angeles Times..... I wonder what Gladys and Grace thought about it and if they ever knew?!
I have looked around for the photographer of this photograph for many, many months and have been unable to find him or her. I know that Bernie Abramson took some photos of Marilyn which appear to be from the same trip, but he doesn't seem to be the photographer of this particular snap.
I think it may be a private photograph taken by a friend, but if you know more, I'd love to hear from you as soon as possible. I bought a copy from a private collector who was unable to tell me who took it. I am using the photo in my book and I'd really like to credit the person who took it if at all possible. (If the information comes too late, I will credit the photographer in any subsequent editions.)
If you can help, please email me at Michelle@MichelleMorgan.co.uk Thank you!
Leading up to the publication of my book, I am going to be giving you some little facts and stories to whet your appetite! Here is fact number one: Remember Aunt Minnie who Norma Jeane stayed with in Las Vegas?
Well up until now we've only ever known her name. In my book you will find out a whole lot more about her, including how she was related to Norma Jeane/Grace Goddard and several very interesting stories...
Don't forget that I have an e-book for sale called 'Walking in the Footsteps of Marilyn Monroe'. You can find it on all Amazon sites, including the UK site for just 2 pounds, and the USA site for about 3 dollars.
You don't have to have a Kindle to read e-books - they can be read on your computer and other devices too!
Here is a link to the UK site: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Footsteps-Marilyn-Monroe-ebook/dp/B005Q9FSWK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325518549&sr=8-1
And the USA site: http://www.amazon.com/Walking-Footsteps-Marilyn-Monroe-ebook/dp/B005Q9FSWK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325518754&sr=8-1