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Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)

The story of how Norma Jean, once an orphan in Hollywood, becomes Marilyn Monroe, the movie star and celebrity. The movie begins with her as a child and ends with the mysterious way she ... See full summary »

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Marilyn Monroe
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Johnny Hyde
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Joe DiMaggio
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John Huston
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Natasha Lytess
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Arthur Miller
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Gladys Baker
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Jim Dougherty
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Young Norma Jean
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Louella Parsons
John Christy Ewing ...
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Montgomery Clift
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Clark Gable
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Tom Ewell
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Billy Wilder
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The story of how Norma Jean, once an orphan in Hollywood, becomes Marilyn Monroe, the movie star and celebrity. The movie begins with her as a child and ends with the mysterious way she dies. Throughout the movie, we see the highlights and lowlights of her career, including the parts of her private life not widely known. Written by Anonymous

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Her image was perfection.....her life was a personal hell See more »

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28 September 1980 (USA)  »

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Marilyn Monroe - Eine wahre Geschichte  »

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Trivia

Larry Pennell again portrayed Clark Gable in "Goodbye Norma Jean" in the fifth season of "Quantum Leap". See more »

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Joe DiMaggio is shown at an Old Timers game batting left-handed. DiMaggio was a right-handed hitter. See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Catherine's Monroe
30 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

I believe this is the most accurate portrayal of Marilyn Monroe thus far. I doubt very much that Catherine Hicks ever met MM, and based on what we knew of MM's life back in 1980-81 I feel she did a wonderful job. She brought sensitivity and vulnerability to this troubled woman's character. CH's face doesn't really look like MM, but I felt she was able to capture certain qualities in making her facial features appear like Monroe's, like a quivering lip, lost eyes, sadness in her expression, and a lost childish look. With the help of makeup, hairstyles and those great 50's style outfits, CH became MM. In all her emotions, angry, sad, happy, nervous...CH was amazing! Her body shape most of all looked like MM. There is one scene where she is running on the beach to "Johnny Hyde", and she was running just like MM in "Some Like it Hot". It is obvious CH did her homework, and of all the MM biography type films I have seen, this is THE one. A few more details in the script would have been perfect. I highly recommend it!! The songs they used for back ground music was especially touching in helping bring Catherine Hick's Monroe to life.


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