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About Charles Casillo
Charles Casillo is the author of the novels "The Fame Game," and "The Marilyn Diaries," the biography, "Outlaw: The Lives and Careers of John Rechy" (the authorized life history of the legendary writer and hustler), and a collection of stories "Boys, Lost & Found." His latest book is a serious and comprehensive biography of Monroe: "Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon." The author says, "It will introduce you to the Marilyn Monroe you always wanted to know."
Casillo's profiles, short stories, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, Vice, Interview, and many others. He has appeared in Monroe documentaries "Behind the Headlines: Marilyn and Her Men," on Lifetime, and "Whatever Happened to Norma Jeane,"
His movies include "Let Me Die Quietly," a neo-noir thriller and the dark comedy "Fetish"(with Joan Collins.)
Casillo was born in New York City. He has spent many years exploring and documenting his interests and obsessions, such as exceptionally talented people, strange encounters in various bars, Marilyn Monroe, eccentrics, sex, tragic figures, and antidotes to insomnia, insecurity, and loneliness. He has written about these and other subjects in his works. He divides his time between New York, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and other places where he hangs his hat.
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Based on new interviews and research, this ground-breaking biography explores the secret selves behind Marilyn Monroe’s public facades.
Marilyn Monroe. Her beauty still captivates. Her love life still fascinates. Her story still dominates popular culture. Now, drawing on years of research and dozens of new interviews, this biography cuts through decades of lies and secrets and introduces you to the Marilyn Monroe you always wanted to know: a living, breathing, complex woman, bewitching and maddening, brilliant yet flawed.
Charles Casillo studies Monroe’s life through the context of her times—in the days before feminism. Before there was adequate treatment for Marilyn’s struggle with bipolar disorder. Starting with her abusive childhood, this biography exposes how—in spite of her fractured psyche—Marilyn’s extreme ambition inspired her to transform each celebrated love affair and each tragedy into another step in her journey towards immortality. Casillo fully explores the last two years of her life, including her involvement with both John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, and the mystery of her last day.
Just a few of Casillo's revelations:
*Despite reports of their bitter rivalry, Elizabeth Taylor secretly reached out and tried to help Marilyn during one of her darkest moments.
*The existence of Marilyn’s semi-nude love scene with Clark Gable—long thought to be lost.
*A few nights before she died, Marilyn encountered Warren Beatty at a party and disclosed some of the reasons for her final despair.
*A meticulously detailed account of the events of her last day, revealing how a series of miscommunications and misjudgments contributed to her death.
"Casillo's surprising and accomplished collection reveals a heartfelt observer of life's emotional emergencies and indignities told with immediacy and feeling."
This compelling collection explores the tangled inner lives of contemporary gay men. Fiction, memoir, and biographical sketches intermingle in these stories, creating portraits of men longing to connect. Casillo's people-whether hustlers, writers, models, cruisers, or despondent lovers-are complicated, smart, cool, witty, lusty and romantic. But under their glossy veneers the characters are vulnerable men dealing with deteriorating relationships, promiscuity, and betrayals.