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Intimate Side of an Iconic Life: Garbus Digs Through Monroe’s Personal Writings

Liz Garbus is well aware that the life and times of Marilyn Monroe have been thoroughly researched and exhaustively commented on from nearly every prospective imaginable – except from that of Norma Jeane herself. The director was approached about making the film after several boxes of Marilyn’s private journals and letters were discovered in the holdings of a close friend. These personal writings bare insight into a woman on one hand bold, tenacious and focused, and in the other, emotionally distraught and professionally unsure of herself. All of these thoughts and contemplations are presented here in a creative twist by Garbus. Instead of flatly reading through the material, a variety of high profile actresses and actors reinterpreted the written thoughts as they saw fit, making Love, Marilyn a captivating and highly personal retelling of a story we thought we already knew. »

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