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Friends: Central Perk Light-Up Sign

Friends: Central Perk Light-Up Sign

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 15/10/2020

Bring the warmth and fun of Central Perk to your home or office with this special light-up version of the iconic coffee shop sign from Friends. Set includes: 3-1/2 x 3 light-up Central Perk sign mounted on a base 48-page book filled with essential information on Central Perk, a guide to great moments set at the cafe, and more, featuring full-color photos from the show throughout

Friends: A to Z Guide and Trivia Deck

Friends: A to Z Guide and Trivia Deck

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Undefined Release Date: 28/07/2020

Test your expertise on Friends -- from the characters and food, to Central Perk, quotable lines and the funniest, most awkward situations -- with a one-of-a-kind trivia collection based on the classic episode The One with the Embryos. First, brush up on your knowledge with the Friends A to Z Guide, a book packed with encyclopedic entries on the show's characters, inanimate objects, places, and situations, featuring full-colour photography throughout. The book is 3x5 , 88 pages, and paperback.Next, gather your own favourite friends for a lightning round of trivia with a set of cards featuring hundreds of questions to test your skills. The set is based on the game created by Ross in the episode The One with the Embryos. Keep it all together in the full-colour printed magnetic closure box.

Day by Day with Marilyn

Day by Day with Marilyn

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2020

Bring a little of the glamour and personality of Marilyn Monroe into your own world, day by day. This stylish 12-month planner includes: Notes on happenings in Marilyn's life on given days of the year, to keep you inspired. Quotes from the legend on love, career, womanhood, and life in general.More than 60 full-color and black-and-white photographs throughout.Undated weekly and monthly overviews for recording dates and appointments.Blank pages for tracking goals and to-do lists.Ribbon marker.

Marilyn: Collectible Magnets and Mini Posters

Marilyn: Collectible Magnets and Mini Posters

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 07/04/2020

Bring the glamour of Marilyn Monroe to your home with this keepsake magnetic photo album and mini posters book featuring iconic photography of the Hollywood legend. Kit includes: 5 magnets Set of twenty 2-1/2 x 3 posters Magnets and posters all feature gorgeous full-colour and black-and-white images of Marilyn shot by photographers Milton H. Greene, Sam Shaw, and Bernard of Hollywood Keepsake magnetic closure box album for the posters and magnets, with magnets housed in individual display sleeves

The Little Book of Marilyn

The Little Book of Marilyn

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2019

The Little Book of Marilyn is a tribute to the style, glamour, intelligence, and chutzpah of Hollywood's most iconic star. While the 1950s was in many ways an era of repression for women, Marilyn Monroe broke barriers; rebelled against convention; and charmed the world with her beauty, talent, and irresistible personality. Her style has come to symbolize eternal beauty and femininity, and her life story both fascinates and inspires women the world over. The Little Book of Marilyn will show you how to bring a touch of that glamour into your own life through gorgeous photos, tutorials on recreating the star's makeup looks, style advice, decor ideas from Marilyn's own homes, and everyday inspiration from her life that will let your inner Marilyn shine!

The Girl

The Girl

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2018

When Marilyn Monroe stepped over a subway grating as The Girl in The Seven Year Itch and let a gust of wind catch the skirt of her pleated white dress, an icon was born. Before that, the actress was mainly known for a nude calendar and one-dimensional, albeit memorable, characters on the screen. Though she again played a dumb blonde in this film and was making headlines by revealing her enviable anatomy, the star was now every bit in control of her image, and ready for a personal revolution. Emboldened by her winning fight to land the role of The Girl, the making of The Seven Year Itchand the eighteen months that followed was the period of greatest confidence, liberation, and career success that Monroe lived in her tumultuous life. It was a time in which, among other things, she: * Ended her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and later began a relationship with Arthur Miller * Legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, divorcing herself from the troubled past of Norma Jeane * Started her own production company;Studied in private lessons with Lee and Paula Strasberg of the Actors Studio and became a part of the acting revolution of the day The ripple effects her personal rebellion had on Hollywood, and in trailblazing the way for women that followed, will both surprise and inspire readers to see the Marilyn Monroe in an entirely new light.

Girl

Girl

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2018

With an in-depth look at the two most empowering years in the life of Marilyn Monroe, The Girl details how The Seven Year Itch created an icon and sent the star on an adventure of self-discovery and transformation from a controlled wife and contract player into a businesswoman and unlikely feminist whose power is still felt today.When Marilyn Monroe stepped over a subway grating as The Girl in The Seven Year Itch and let a gust of wind catch the skirt of her pleated white dress, an icon was born. Before that, the actress was mainly known for a nude calendar and one-dimensional, albeit memorable, characters on the screen. Though she again played a "e;dumb blonde"e; in this film and was making headlines by revealing her enviable anatomy, the star was now every bit in control of her image, and ready for a personal revolution.Emboldened by her winning fight to land the role of The Girl, the making of The Seven Year Itch and the eighteen months that followed was the period of greatest confidence, liberation, and career success that Monroe lived in her tumultuous life. It was a time in which, among other things, she: Ended her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and later began a relationship with Arthur Miller; Legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, divorcing herself from the troubled past of Norma Jeane; Started her own production company; Studied in private lessons with Lee and Paula Strasberg of the Actors Studio and became a part of the acting revolution of the dayThe ripple effects her personal rebellion had on Hollywood, and in trailblazing the way for women that followed, will both surprise and inspire readers to see the Marilyn Monroe in an entirely new light.

The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones, and Other Victorian Scandals

The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones, and Other Victorian Scandals

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/04/2018

'Ghoulishly entertaining' Jacqueline Banerjee, Times Literary Supplement 'This is a great book for dipping into . . . the cases themselves are written engagingly and with appealing dramatisation of key events.' Kim Fleet, Crime Review A grisly book dedicated to the crimes, perversions and outrages of Victorian England, covering high-profile offences - such as the murder of actor William Terriss, whose stabbing at the stage door of the Adelphi Theatre in 1897 filled the front pages for many weeks - as well as lesser-known transgressions that scandalised the Victorian era. The tales include murders and violent crimes, but also feature scandals that merely amused the Victorians. These include the story of a teenage man who married an actress, only to be shipped off to Australia by his disgusted parents; and the Italian ice-cream man who only meant to buy his sweetheart a hat but ended up proposing marriage instead. When he broke it off, his fiancee's father sued him and the story was dubbed the 'Amusing Aberdeen Breach of Promise Case'. Also present is the gruesome story of the murder of Patrick O Connor who was shot in the head and buried under the kitchen flagstones by his lover Maria Manning and her husband, Frederick. The couple's subsequent trial caused a sensation and even author Charles Dickens attended the grisly public hanging. Drawing on a range of sources from university records and Old Bailey transcripts to national and regional newspaper archives, Michelle Morgan's research sheds new light on well-known stories as well as unearthing previously unknown incidents.

Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2016

Carole Lombard was the very opposite of the typical 1930s starlet. A no-nonsense woman, she worked hard, took no prisoners and had a great passion for life. As a result, she became Hollywood's highest-paid star. From the outside, Carole's life was one of great glamour and fun, yet privately she endured much heartache. As a child, her mother moved Carole and her brothers across the country away from their beloved father. Carole then began a film career, only to have it cut short after a devastating car accident. Picking herself back up, she was rocked by the accidental shooting of her lover; a failed marriage to actor William Powell; and the sorrow of infertility during her marriage to Hollywood's King, Clark Gable. Lombard marched forward, promising to be positive. Sadly her life was cut short in a plane crash so catastrophic that pieces of the aircraft are still buried in the mountain today. In Carole Lombard, bestselling author Michelle Morgan accesses previously unseen documents to tell the story of a woman whose remarkable life and controversial death continues to enthral.

Ice Cream Blonde

Ice Cream Blonde

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2015

A detailed look at the charmed life and tragic death of one of Hollywood's earliest stars A vibrant and beloved Golden Age film comedienne who worked alongside the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Clara Bow, and dozens of others, Thelma Todd was one of the rare actors to successfully cross over from silent films to "e;talkies."e; This authoritative new biography traces Todd's life and career, from a vivacious little girl to a young woman who became a reluctant beauty queen to her rapid rise as a Hollywood comedy star to her mysterious death at the age of 29. Increasingly disenchanted with the studio star system, Todd opened the successful Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe, attracting adoring fans, tourists, and Hollywood celebrities. Life appeared blessed for the beautiful and outspoken Hollywood rebel. So the country was shocked when Todd was found dead by her housekeeper in a garage near the cafe. An inquest concluded that her death was accidental, caused by inhaling the car's exhaust fumes. In a thorough new investigation that draws on FBI documents, interviews, photographs, reports, and extortion notesmuch of these not previously available to the publicauthor Michelle Morgan offers fresh evidence and conclusions about the circumstances surrounding Todd's death, proving what many people have long suspected, that Thelma had been murdered. The cast of suspects includes Thelma's Hollywood-director lover; her gangster ex-husband; assorted thugs who were pressuring her to install gaming tables in the room above her popular cafe; and a new, never-before-named mobster. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of Todd's death, The Ice Cream Blonde is sure to interest any fan of Thelma Todd, Hollywood's Golden Age, or gripping real-life murder mysteries.

Ice Cream Blonde

Ice Cream Blonde

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2015

A detailed look at the charmed life and tragic death of one of Hollywood's earliest stars A vibrant and beloved Golden Age film comedienne who worked alongside the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Clara Bow, and dozens of others, Thelma Todd was one of the rare actors to successfully cross over from silent films to "e;talkies."e; This authoritative new biography traces Todd's life and career, from a vivacious little girl to a young woman who became a reluctant beauty queen to her rapid rise as a Hollywood comedy star to her mysterious death at the age of 29. Increasingly disenchanted with the studio star system, Todd opened the successful Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe, attracting adoring fans, tourists, and Hollywood celebrities. Life appeared blessed for the beautiful and outspoken Hollywood rebel. So the country was shocked when Todd was found dead by her housekeeper in a garage near the cafe. An inquest concluded that her death was accidental, caused by inhaling the car's exhaust fumes. In a thorough new investigation that draws on FBI documents, interviews, photographs, reports, and extortion notesmuch of these not previously available to the publicauthor Michelle Morgan offers fresh evidence and conclusions about the circumstances surrounding Todd's death, proving what many people have long suspected, that Thelma had been murdered. The cast of suspects includes Thelma's Hollywood-director lover; her gangster ex-husband; assorted thugs who were pressuring her to install gaming tables in the room above her popular cafe; and a new, never-before-named mobster. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of Todd's death, The Ice Cream Blonde is sure to interest any fan of Thelma Todd, Hollywood's Golden Age, or gripping real-life murder mysteries.

The Ice Cream Blonde

The Ice Cream Blonde

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2015

Madonna

Madonna

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

Madonna: singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, not to mention one of the most renowned cultural icons of the last three decades. Since her first, eponymous album, over thirty years ago Madonna has sold a remarkable 300 million records worldwide, making her the top-selling female recording artist of all time. Madonna is famous for continuously reinventing both her music and her image. By pushing the boundaries of mainstream popular music with both her lyrical content and the imagery in her music videos she achieved extraordinary popularity. Morgan offers a richly illustrated, comprehensive account of the artist's phenomenally successful career shedding new light on her videos, books, tours, fashion, charity work and every other aspect of her life. Praise for Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed: 'A gorgeous collection offering a fascinating insight into Monroe's personal life' Women & Home 'A touching portrayal of the star in her more private moments' Empire 'The most authoritative book on the star to date' Choice

Racing the Moon

Racing the Moon

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2014

What a year! Don Bradman scores 334 runs in the cricket test against England, the half-arches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge finally meet in the middle, Phar Lap wins the Melbourne Cup and Harry and I go into the egg business together. It might be the Depression, but there are plenty of opportunities to make money. The world is my oyster!Joe Riley has to be a little creative to make pocket money in his rough and tumble neighbourhood of Glebe. He's watched his dad keep ahead of the law and he's sure that he can too, gambling on billycart races and selling farm-fresh eggs from his uncle's chook farm.But when his parents send him off to St Bartholomew's - a Catholic boarding school on the other side of the harbour - Joe's carefree existence is a thing of the past. Homesick and lonely, Joe meets the darker side of human nature and finds himself at odds with the school, especially Brother Felix.Expelled from St Bart's, Joe is sent to a reform school on the south coast known as The Farm. Life is tough there for a boy from the city, but it's through working the land and tending the animals that Joe finds inner strength and peace, and rediscovers the thrill of true freedom.

The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals

The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2013

Murders, suicides, unexplained deaths, scandalous romances, illegitimate children, cover-ups, and more, from the 1920s to Hollywood's Golden Age in the 1960s and right up to the present day. It covers over 60 scandals including: The Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle Scandal; Clark Gable's Baby Scandals; The Rape of Patricia Douglas; The Life and Death of Jean Harlow; The Sudden Death of James Dean; Marilyn Monroe's Mysterious Death; John Belushi Dies at the Chateau Marmont; Madonna's Hollywood Stalker; Hugh Grant's Hollywood Scandal; Winona Ryder Is Arrested For Shoplifting; The Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie Love Triangle; The Tragic Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith; The Life and Death of Michael Jackson; Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child; The Very Public Melt-Down of Charlie Sheen; The Rise and Fall of Whitney Houston; The Marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and many, many more.

Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed

Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed

Author: Michelle Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2005

Following a number of sensationalist biographies of Marilyn Monroe in recent years, this comprehensive, meticulously researched volume brings an important fresh perspective on the many controversies in her life. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Marilyn Monroe and the Golden Age of Hollywood. This new edition of Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed has been thoroughly revised and expanded to include an additional 60,000 words. It reveals a very different Marilyn from the celluloid invention. For the first volume, Michelle Morgan interviewed approximately 100 people who knew or were related to Marilyn in some way, including key figures in her life - family and friends, as well as work colleagues, and more casual acquaintances. This new edition includes information gleaned from many more interviews, as well as additional family background and many new stories. Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed is the most comprehensive Monroe biography yet. It covers her trip to England in great detail and gives the true story behind the making of The Prince and the Showgirl. Praise for the 2007 hardback illustrated edition of Marilyn Monroe, Private and Undisclosed: 'A gorgeous collection offering a fascinating insight into Monroe's personal life.' Woman & Home 'A touching portrayal of the star in her more private moments.' Empire 'This candid and often surprising study of the screen legend provides another view of her.' Red