July 14th, 2010
12:26 PM ET

Marilyn Monroe's dog Maf to have his say

Almost 48 years after her death, yet another Marilyn Monroe biography is hitting the shelves, but this one is from her dog.

"The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe," a comic novel by author Andrew O'Hagan, is due in December. The book is written from the viewpoint of Monroe's Maltese, who lived with the star during the last two years of her life.

Maf's adventure began in England, but Natalie Wood's mother was responsible for bringing the pooch to America and selling him to Frank Sinatra, who presented the canine to Monroe as a Christmas gift.

According to the book's description, Maf - short for Mafia - met everybody who is anybody during his time with the actress, including President John F. Kennedy, and accompanied the silver screen star to acting classes, chi-chi restaurants, department stores and to Mexico for her divorce from playwright Arthur Miller.

"Marilyn was a strange and unhappy creature, but at the same time she had more natural comedy to her than anybody I would ever know," observes Maf, who was 3 when Monroe died in 1962 at age 36.

"[Monroe's] publicist went to work at the White House, taking the dog with her," O'Hagan, the book's author, told the Telegraph. "That means my narrator was there through the Kennedy years and died the year of Nixon's resignation."

That also means there could be more novels from Maf about his life with JFK and Tricky Dick.

"I can easily see a future book that would pick up the dog's story," O'Hagan said, who confirmed that Hollywood is interested in making a movie about Maf and Monroe. "Maybe there'll be 10 books."

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