Charles Casillo is the author of the biographies Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon and Outlaw: The Lives and Careers of John Rechy, the novels The Fame Game and The Marilyn Diaries, and the short story collection Boys, Lost & Found. His 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, and many others. He has appeared in Monroe documentaries such as Behind the Headlines: Marilyn and Her Men on Lifetime and Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe. His movies include Let Me Die Quietly and Fetish. He divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.
Praise for Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public
"This biography from Casillo fleshes out the icon, telling Monroe's tale in great and often harrowing detail and showing how the notorious blond pin-up was smarter and shrewder than most realize, yet just as tragic as we knew."
New York Post, "Most Unforgettable Books of 2018"
"A refreshing take on the complex and talented Monroe . . . .A+."
Tulsa Book Review
"Casillo explores the myriad facets of Monroe's personality with a respectful but incisive eye . . . an intricately nuanced portrait of this misunderstood idol...A worthy addition to the Monroe canon."
"A well-written examination of the mystique of a woman who still fascinates decades after her untimely death."
"A deep dive into the model and screen legend's glamorous but troubled life . . . [Casillo] pays particularly sympathetic attention to her emotional journey . . . a compelling exploration of a beguiling film icon's life."
"Extraordinary. . . . Castillo's sympathetic and psychologically nuanced Marilyn Monroe bio is compulsively readable and well researched."
"After all I've seen and heard about Marilyn Monroe, this book is a revelation, an earthy, empathic vision of a real woman who happened to be an ethereal goddess. Getting to know Charles Casillo's Marilyn made me feel a level of identification and understanding that was devastating and thrilling."