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8 items from 2009

At Heart of Marilyn's Fall, a 'Very Sick Girl'

30 September 2009 10:21 AM, PDT | newser.com | See recent newser news »

J. Randy Taraborrelli’s new 541-page biography, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe , doesn’t really deliver on promises of “explosive,” “revelatory” discoveries—at least, “not to a Marilyn obsessive like myself,” writes Lori Leibovich for DoubleX. “Instead, there is the deepening of the much more ordinary tragedy that continues to fascinate”—including the tale of Monroe being committed, when an intern told her, “You are a very, very sick girl.” Taraborrelli uncovers evidence suggesting Monroe heard voices beginning in her late teens, which “disrupts the romantic, self-flagellating narrative we prefer—that ‘we,’ the insatiable public, ruined her.” He does not, »

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Jilted by JFK, Monroe Spiraled to Her Death: Book

31 August 2009 10:22 AM, PDT | newser.com | See recent newser news »

In a new tell-all, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints a picture of Marilyn Monroe’s drug-fueled final months, her fixation with John F. Kennedy, and the shock friends like Frank Sinatra felt at her downward spiral, the Daily Mail reports. Four months before her death, the screenwriter for her last film found her in a drug-induced coma, “almost naked” and “almost dead,” he says. One pal blames that breakdown on Kennedy. “JFK. That's what was wrong. She'd just been jilted by the President of the United States. It was Kennedy. That's why. Kennedy,” the source says. Less than two weeks before she »

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Sinatra Dumped Marilyn Monroe Before She Died

31 August 2009 8:58 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Frank Sinatra was always tough on dames, and his legendary reputation could have cost the life of doomed starlet Marilyn Monroe. The troubled blonde beauty was staying at Sinatra’s home two weeks before she died of an alleged drug overdose in 1962. When she became ill and starting shooting up syringes full of vitamins, Sinatra wanted no part of it. He ordered her to leave, according to a new book on the actress's life. If Sinatra had intervened after she collapsed at his Cal-Neva Lodge resort in Nevada instead of tossing her out, she may have survived, author J. Randy Taraborrelli asserts. »

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Sinatra 'Could Have Saved Monroe'

31 August 2009 5:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Frank Sinatra could have saved Marilyn Monroe's life - but he threw her out of his home less than two weeks before she died amid fears she'd pass away in his company, according to a new biography.

The Rat Pack star enjoyed an on/off romance with the Some Like It Hot actress until she died from an overdose of barbiturates in 1962.

Leading up to the tragedy, Monroe suffered a number of personal problems and illness - but her passing could have been prevented if Sinatra had intervened after she collapsed at his Cal-Neva Lodge resort in Nevada days before her death.

The Hollywood icon invited Monroe to stay with him at the venue, along with actor Peter Lawford and his wife Pat.

But the holiday turned sour when the fragile-looking actress started taking vitamin shots in front of the other guests, only to later breakdown in her room.

Instead of helping out, Sinatra ordered Monroe to be removed from his estate, according to new book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.

A security guard for Sinatra's Cal-Neva Lodge tells author J. Randy Taraborrelli, "She opened her purse and pulled out those syringes. I was standing right there with Mr Sinatra and Pat Lawford. Marilyn was very casual about it. She was looking for something else and just pulled them out and put them on the table... Then - and I had never seen anything like this before - she put a small hole at the end of the capsule, and swallowed it. 'Gets into your bloodstream faster that way,' she said."

Valet George Jacobs adds, "Frank Sinatra didn't know what to think about any of it. He was upset, though. He loved Marilyn, yes. But for her to maybe die at Cal-Neva while he was there? That would have been terrible. So he said: 'Get her out of here and get her out of here now.' And that was it. We had to do what he said. I mean, the woman was sick. But as compassionate as Sinatra was, he had a line and she crossed it." »

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Michael Jackson Biographer on 'Strange Note' Reportedly Found

28 July 2009 4:18 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, offers his insight into the recent report describing the condition of Michael Jackson's bedroom. A source told the Associated Press that the top floor was a mess, unbearably hot and there were reportedly twenty handwritten notes on the walls including one note that read, "Children are sweet and innocent." "This was sort of a running theme," Taraborrelli reacts to the news report. "It doesn't surprise me ...this strange note in his bedroom." As for the claims that Jackson was taking the anesthetic Propofol on the night before his death, the author says, "I think it shows you how desperate Michael was, so desperate for a good night's sleep." Keep checking back with "The Insider" for more Michael Jackson coverage...

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New Insight into Jackson's Children & Estate

27 July 2009 2:27 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, discloses to "The Insider" his findings and observations regarding who will gain custody of Michael Jackson's three children and the possible millions to be found within the King of Pop's estate. "I think we can't rule out Diana Ross as in who gets custody of the children," Taraborrelli tells "The Insider." Jackson's will confirms that Katherine Jackson was appointed by her son to take custody over her three grandchildren and Ross was appointed as guardian if Katherine is unable or unwilling to care for them. "She's still in the picture. She still wants to do what Michael would've wanted her to do, so you can't rule her out," he says of Ross. As for Michael's estate, Taraborrelli says, "Our info is that there will be many more millions found here and there stashed away »

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Breaking Down Joe Jackson's 'King' Interview

21 July 2009 12:54 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

Does Joe Jackson have the Michael Jackson autopsy results? Why does he suspect foul play? Did Michael Jackson have a secret son? Celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli breaks down Mr. Jackson's compelling "Larry King Live" interview from last night -- and more -- for "The Insider." "Many people believe that the toxicology report is actually in," Taraborrelli tells our own Victoria Recano. "Many people believe that the wait is not so much for the results of the toxicology as it is for the police to get their ducks in a row, so that they can act very quickly when the reports come in and it is found, as most people believe, that Michael Jackson had some serious drugs in his system." As for the suggestion of foul play, Taraborrelli says, "Everybody is being questioned right now. They want to find out what Michael Jackson has been given, how much he »

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Michael as Parent: Eccentric But Loving

2 July 2009 8:13 AM, PDT | newser.com | See recent newser news »

Michael Jackson loved his children above all else, but what kind of a father was he? J. Randy Taraborrelli, Jackson’s friend for 40 years, explores the life of the Jackson kids in an ongoing Daily Mail series. The children were not allowed to look in mirrors for any length of time, and their toys were thrown away each night for sanitary reasons—but they clearly loved their father. “If I could spend all my time with Daddy, I would,” his oldest son told Jackson’s mother. “I think he's the best daddy in the whole world.” Debbie Rowe, the birth mother »

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