He had been dead for over two years, but he still had a magic touch with readers.
When best-selling author C. David Heymann’s latest (and last) book, Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love, came out in July, it received the kind of reviews most authors would kill for.
The Columbus Dispatch called it an “engrossing portrait.” The Christian Science Monitor and the New York Post raved. Kirkus Reviews said it was “a well-researched story” revealing the “profoundly unethical behavior of the medical and mental health professionals who dealt with [Monroe].” The popular Canadian magazine Maclean’s praised Heymann’s research, finding “his sources credible.”
The publisher, a subsidiary of media behemoth CBS, says Joe and Marilyn tells “the riveting true story” of the lusty, tempestuous and brief marriage between the Yankees slugger and the iconic actress.
In this and his previous 10 books, Heymann served up intimate details no other celebrity biographer could match. It was often titillating and sometimes shocking stuff. In Joe and Marilyn, Heymann wrote that DiMaggio beat Monroe, wiretapped her home and stalked her by skulking around in disguises, wearing a fake beard and for hours holding up a copy of The New York Times so no one would notice him in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
In May 2012, Heymann fell dead in the lobby of his New York City apartment building, but that presented no problem for his publisher, according to Emily Bestler, who edited his last four books. She told Newsweek during a phone conversation in July that Heymann was “a true professional” who “finished the book before he died.”
Still, Bestler said, she paid to have the book thoroughly fact-checked just to make sure all was in order. Nothing troubling turned up, she told me, not even a misspelled name.
Bestler’s mood changed when I told her I wanted to discuss numerous fabrications Newsweek had uncovered in Joe and Marilyn. She cut me off in mid-sentence, shouting that such questions were improper because she had thought I was calling only to ask about the marketing of a book by a dead author. She then declared that “this is getting ugly” and hung up.
A friend of mine just received a phone call from the hospital, to ask him to go see them today for an ECG, He had no idea that He was supposed to get an ECG his doctor never asked him to get one, when He last saw him about 10 days ago.
No need to say that He is really nervous, He has an appointment with his doctor in 2 days. He’s been a smoker for over 40 years and what doesn’t help either He is over weight.
Since 1914, 150 referendums were held around the world for the creation of a new country. Only 3 referendums were answered NO, two of them were from the province of Quebec.
What a distraction, a cook at work locked one of her colleague in a fridge at closing time. It wasn’t long before He started banging in the door.
Tonight a client of mine ordered exactly the same thing that He had last night for supper and found that the meal was expensive. Wonder why He complained tonight but He didn’t yesterday, same meal, same bill. I guess that He had a very lousy day today and that He was looking for a reason to complain.
Listening to the Chester’s Mill Gazette review of Under The Dome’s episode Awakening.
Nice car, wonder how much such a car would cost if someone wanted to buy it.
Learned when I got to work today, that next week, employees will start having another training, the fourth training in less than a year. Wonder how the employees will react when they will learn that there is another training.