Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August 5th--The Fiftieth Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's Death

It's hard to believe that fifty years have passed since Marilyn Monroe died. In that time her image has become synonymous with Hollywood. No other movie star has remained so fresh in the media and the public's mind after half a century as has Marilyn. And like the Kennedy assassinations, there are enough questions, conflicting reports and controversy surrounding her death that all kinds of theories have arisen, including that she was murdered.
         There was unquestionably a cover-up of the facts surrounding Marilyn's death. Her telephone records disappeared the next day, witnesses gave widely divergent accounts of the events leading up to a shortly after the discovery of her body. But why? The prevailing theory is that all evidence of Marilyn's involvement with the Kennedy brothers (however intimate that was) had to be kept from the press and the public or the Kennedy presidency could be compromised.
          One of the reasons I wrote my book Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept the Secrets was Peter's involvement with Marilyn, his part in introducing her to his brothers-in-laws Jack and Bobby, and his important role in covering up the truth about her demise.
           Vanity Fair excerpted the chapters in the book that dealt with Marilyn's death, and called them "the best account of Monroe's death yet."
            If you'd like to read that account (and all the other amazing stuff that made up Peter Lawford's life), please go to Amazon and pick up an e-book copy!