British author Matthew Smith has published the book MARILYN'S LAST WORDS: HER SECRET TAPES AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH in the United States.
The same book was published in the U.K. and in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa with the title VICTIM: THE SECRET TAPES OF MARILYN MONROE.
Smith states that “Marilyn’s friend Jeanne Carmen” was aware of Marilyn’s issues with low self esteem and that Carmen believed Marilyn’s “general insecurity problem related to her lack of education” and that “a girl needs a dad to tell her she’s wonderful, and Marilyn didn’t have that.”
Carmen also said that when Marilyn was Norma Jean she was a “fun person, just an ordinary, nice person” but when she would “step over the threshold” and make the “change to Marilyn Monroe” she radiated beauty and charm and elegance. “She was a queen”.
Source: ^ Smith, Matthew (2003). Victim: The Secret Tapes Of Marilyn Monroe. Century - London, 93,125,141,145,149-51,153,159,176,247,289,291. ISBN 0-7126-6278-2
Source: ^ Smith, Matthew (2004). Marilyn’s Last Words: Her Secret Tapes and Mysterious Death. Carroll & Graf, 247. ISBN 0-7867-1380-1