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Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976)

Aspiring actress Norma Jean Baker lives in squalor in the early '40s as she works at the munitions plant and dreams of being a movie star. Abused as a child and an adult, she lacks ... See full summary »

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Terence Locke ...
Ralph Johnson
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Ruth Latimer
Preston Hanson ...
Hal James
Marty Zagon ...
Irving Oblach
Andre Philippe ...
Sam Dunn
Adele Claire ...
Beverly
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Randy Palmer
Paula Mitchell ...
Cynthia Palmer
Jean Sarah Frost ...
Ethel
Lilyan McBride ...
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Burr Middleton ...
Sleasy Photographer
Stuart Lancaster ...
George
Ivy Bethune ...
Ruby Kirshner
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Terry (as Robert Gribbon)
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Aspiring actress Norma Jean Baker lives in squalor in the early '40s as she works at the munitions plant and dreams of being a movie star. Abused as a child and an adult, she lacks self-confidence, but photographer Ralph Johnson takes some publicity shots and convinces her to try for her dream, and supports her as she's bounced from casting couches to sleazy photo shoots. She befriends once-powerful producer Hal James, who tries to steer her toward her dream of stardom, to where she will eventually be known as Marilyn Monroe. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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She was soon to become the greatest sex symbol the world has ever known. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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February 1976 (USA)  »

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Ciao Norma Jean  »

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Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-to-late 1970s about Tinseltown, Old Hollywood and its Golden Age including the Silent Film era. The pictures include Fedora (1978), Inserts (1975), Valentino (1977), Nickelodeon (1976), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), Hearts of the West (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), The World's Greatest Lover (1977), Gable and Lombard (1976), Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976), Bud and Lou (1978), and W.C. Fields and Me (1976). Bogie (1980) and Mommie Dearest (1981) would soon follow as well. See more »

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Edited into Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn (1989) See more »

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wrong on so many levels
6 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is wrong in so many ways - MM did not start out as a blonde, as others have noted.

The only concession the producers made to period authenticity was the cars. No one has authentic 1940's hairdos or makeup. Check out the scene where everyone is leaving the screening room - they all look like they are in the 1970's which is when the movie was made. The main character's wig is a mess and looks like it has never been brushed.

And one character describes a "snuff" film as one where two women kill a guy - not what I usually hear a "snuff" film consists of.

The whole film is painful to watch as the production values are just terrible. Looks like the budget was about $500.


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