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Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996)

This film follows Norma Jean from her simple, ambitious youth to her superstar pinnacle and back down. She moves from lover to lover in order to further her career. She finds fame but never happiness, only knowing seduction but not love.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »
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In this film, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino portray two sides of the woman America loved, but who struggled to love herself: Marilyn Monroe. To the world, Marilyn was a vivacious superstar, the epitome of sexuality, sensuality and frolicsome amusement. Every man wanted her - every woman wanted to be her. But behind the enticing smile, beneath the tight-fitting dresses, there was a dark secret - one Marilyn could not bury in the past... the child inside named Norma Jean. Everything Norma Jean dreams of, Marilyn achieves. Every man she struggles to resist, Marilyn succumbs to. And while Marilyn climbs the ladder to success, Norma Jean was beneath it, almost willing her to fall. Written by HBO Home Video

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Marilyn Monroe was our fantasy. Norma Jean was her reality.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and nudity, some substance abuse and strong language | See all certifications »
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18 May 1996 (USA)  »

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The film's title misspells Norma Jean(e)'s name by omitting the "e" at the end of her name. This might have to do with the fact that her name was incorrectly misspelled on her birth certificate which omitted the "e". Nonetheless all official documents throughout Marilyn's life have her listed as either Norma Jeane Baker, Dougherty, or Mortenson (her mother's second husband's last name). Ironically, however, during the film, when Norma Jeane slips Ted Lewis a napkin with her name name and phone number on it, we see that she has correctly spelled her name with the "e" at the end of it. See more »

Quotes

Marilyn Monroe: Oh, that's what I love about you, Monty. You're the only one I know that's more fucked up than me.
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Connections

References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Loved by You
Written by Bert Kalmar, Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby
Performed by Mira Sorvino
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Disappointing
3 April 2001 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Well, being a big fan of Marilyn Monroe, and her life, I have to say this movie was not very good, and was a poor depiction of Marilyn's life. It seems that every other scene they did something wrong. I'm not picky, but facts are facts. First off, the way they had her die was completely and totally wrong. Second, they portrayed her as a dits who felt sorry for herself all the time. It wasn't like that. While she did have her share of problems, it wasn't as foolish as they made it out to be. I wouldn't rent this.


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