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The Goddess (1958)

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Loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, the story of a young woman destined from childhood on to be adored by millions but unhappy in her own life. Patty Duke plays Emily Ann Faulkner ... See full summary »

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Emily Ann Faulkner
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Dutch Seymour
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John Tower (as Steve Hill)
Betty Lou Holland ...
Mrs. Laureen Faulkner
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Alice Marie
Gerald Hiken ...
George
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Emily Ann Faulkner, age 8
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Harding
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Lester Brackman
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Joanna
Gail Haworth ...
Emily's Daughter
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Hillary
Louise Beavers ...
The Cook
Gerald Petrarca ...
The Minister
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Joe Wilsey
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Loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, the story of a young woman destined from childhood on to be adored by millions but unhappy in her own life. Patty Duke plays Emily Ann Faulkner as a young, friendless, fatherless rural southern girl whose mother is indifferent to her. As a teenager, Emily Ann, played by Kim Stanley, remains a loner but with one small exception - boys dote on her, drawn by her beauty and her powerful aura of feminine sexuality. Emily Ann marries young but leaves her first husband when she meets young prizefighter Dutch Seymour (Lloyd Bridges). She becomes an actress and her star rises rapidly until she hits the heights of fame - and the depths of anguish. Written by alfiehitchie

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9 September 1958 (France)  »

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The Emily Ann Faulkner/Rita Shawn character (played by Kim Stanley) was based on Marilyn Monroe. See more »

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Emily claims that Stage Door, a play she appeared in during high school, was written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman; in reality it was written by Kaufman and Edna Ferber. See more »

Quotes

Emily Ann Faulkner: It's a fraud, John - isn't it. It's a fraud. You know, I can hardly get out of a taxi in New York City but what there's people crowding around me, screaming about how much they love me!
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One Goddess plays another
3 January 2002 | by (Oakland, california) – See all my reviews

Kim Stanley was the great interpreter of William Inge at the time he was the most successful playwright in America. On Broadway she played Millie, the younger sister, in his "Picnic" and Cheri in "Bus Stop" -- ironically, the role played in the movie by Monroe, the model for "The Goddess." Cast in "The Goddess", Stanley is clearly too old for the part, and not cinematically 'beautiful' enough. What she does bring to the role is an astonishing talent based on flawless technique and an emotional sensitivity that both made her career and destroyed it. I ran across the movie by accident when I was about 12 years old, and Stanley's performance has continued to haunt me for 36 years. The making of "The Goddess" was so emotionally agonizing that Stanley essentially fled from the movie business. How brilliant she would have been in dozens of roles that won acclaim for lesser talents. Many years later she played Jessica Lange's mother in "Frances" -- a similar story of a glamourous and tragic film star. She told Lange, "As soon as this movie's over, do a comedy. Immediately. Any comedy you can get your hands on." That comedy was "Tootsie" which won Lange her first Osacr.


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