Format Hardcover
Publication Date 05/03/22
ISBN 9781639361496
Trim Size / Pages 6 x 9 in / 320

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When Marilyn Met the Queen

Marilyn Monroe's Life in England

Michelle Morgan

In July 1956, Marilyn Monroe arrived in London—on honeymoon with her husband Arthur Miller—to make The Prince and the Showgirl with Sir Laurence Olivier. It was meant to be a happy time . . .

"I am dying to walk bare-headed in the rain. I think England sounds adorable.”—Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn would work during the day at Pinewood Studios, in Iver Heath, while Arthur would write. Then, in the evening, the couple would be able to relax together in their private English country cottage.

But the cottage was a mansion, in Englefield Green, and Marilyn, used to living in tiny hotel rooms and apartments, felt herself being watched. She was, by several of owner Lord Drogheda's servants, who were selling stories to the papers.

And when filming began, all did not go as hoped. Over time, Marilyn grew to hate Olivier; the feeling was mutual.

Marilyn found herself a curiosity for the frequently hostile British press. She took solace in bike rides in Windsor Great Park, in small acts of kindness from members of the public, and in a growing fascination with Queen Elizabeth, whom she longed to meet—and eventually did.

Michelle Morgan is the author or co-author of nine books about Marilyn Monroe, including Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential and The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist. Michelle lives in England.

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Endorsements & Reviews

Praise for Michelle Morgan:
“Ghoulishly entertaining.” The Times Literary Supplement
"This compelling portrait of Marilyn Monroe reveals the layers of her private self. Michelle Morgan proves that the star was much more than a decorative blonde.” Lyndsy Spence, author and film journalist
"This was a good read, especially for anyone interested in the heyday of Hollywood with all it's dirty little secrets.” The New York Journal of Books
"Todd's life was an exciting one, and Morgan brings it to life very well on the page, making the book one to be devoured in just a couple of sittings." The Motion Pictures
“Well worth your time. It's a very enjoyable and informative read that I found hard to put down." The Hollywood Review
"A gorgeous collection offering a fascinating insight into Monroe's personal life.” Woman & Home
"This candid and often surprising study of the screen legend provides another view of her." Red Magazine
"A touching portrayal of Monroe in her more private moments.” Empire Magazine
"This is a great book for dipping into . . . The cases themselves are written engagingly and with appealing dramatization of key events.” Crime Review