I am ecstatic to announce that I have recently signed a contract to write a book about Marilyn’s trip to England, in 1956! Marilyn was over here to make The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier, and lived in Surrey for four months. I have been fascinated by this part of her life for well over thirty years, and have wanted to write a book about it for almost as long!
Way back in 1992, I started writing the book, and contacted various newspapers, asking if anyone had any information about Marilyn’s trip to England. Over the next five years or so, I heard from people she worked with, people she met, and many more. Unfortunately, at that time nobody wanted to publish the book, so all of my information was filed away. I used some of it in Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed, and I continued to research whenever I could, but it always seemed as though I’d never actually see the book published.
Fast forward to 2020 – the most bizarre year we’ve ever seen – and my editor at Robinson/Little, Brown asked if I had any ideas for future books. I thought it might be worth mentioning the Marilyn in England project to him, but didn’t expect it to ever be commissioned. Well, I was wrong! I wrote a proposal, my editor took it to a series of zoom meetings, and earlier this month I signed the contract! My dream has come true, and I am now working full-time on researching and writing about Marilyn’s trip to England! I can hardly believe it.
To say that I’m ecstatic would be an understatement. (Please check out my announcement video on Instagram!). The book will be published in January 2022, which will be a full thirty years since I first started my research. I guess things really do happen when they’re supposed to. 😊
Moral of this story… Never give up. Dreams really can come true. You just need a bit of magic, a lot of work, and sometimes, three decades of hope!
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Until next time,