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Book: Sinatra, Monroe Had Affair

October 20, 1997

LONDON (AP) _ Frank Sinatra considered asking Marilyn Monroe to marry him weeks before she died ``in an effort to save her from herself,″ according to a new book.

``No one will mess with her if she is Mrs. Frank Sinatra. No one would dare,″ writer J. Randall Taraborrelli quotes a Sinatra friend as saying. He doesn’t identify the friend.

Taraborrelli’s book, ``Sinatra: The Man Behind The Myth,″ is being serialized in the Daily Mail. Monday’s excerpt said Sinatra and Monroe began an affair in 1954.

``He felt that if she were his wife, everyone else would back off, give her some space and allow her to get herself together,″ the source said.

The weekend before Monroe died in 1962, Sinatra told a friend he tried to encourage her to start life again, but she said, ``Why bother? I’m not going to be here too much longer,″ according to the book.

Monroe died of a ``probable suicide″ caused by an overdose of sleeping pills, coroner’s officials ruled at the time. She was 36.

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