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Writers (WGA):
Joyce Carol Oates (book)
Joyce Eliason (teleplay)
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Release Date:
13 May 2001 (USA) See more »
Imagine if Marilyn Monroe could tell you her secrets... tonight she will.
A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life. Full summary »
2 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast) (in credits order)

Poppy Montgomery ... Norma Jean Baker / Marilyn Monroe

Patricia Richardson ... Gladys Baker

Patrick Dempsey ... Cass

Wallace Shawn ... I.E. Shinn

Griffin Dunne ... The Playwright

Titus Welliver ... The Baseball Player

Eric Bogosian ... Otto Ose
Niklaus Lange ... Bucky Glazer

Richard Roxburgh ... Mr. R

Jensen Ackles ... Eddie G

Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Young Norma Jean

Ann-Margret ... Della Monroe

Kirstie Alley ... Elsie
Tony Harvey ... Mr. Pearce
Trisha Noble ... Dr. Mittelstadt
John Lee ... Director J.
Matthew O'Sullivan ... Lee Strasberg
Andrew Clarke ... Laurence Olivier
Warwick Rimmer ... Agent

Steven Vidler ... Warren (as Steve Vidler)

Emily Browning ... Fleece
Don Halbert ... Max Lurie
Robin Cuming ... Director B.
Gary Lantzsch ... Mr. Haring

Michael Carman ... Director H.
Colin MacPherson ... Whitey
Mark Lee ... Porn Dealer
Jennifer Congram ... Yvet
Lisa Heenan ... Mrs. Mount
Richard Neal ... Mr. Mount
Mark Mitchell ... Texas Oilman
Alan Lock ... Doctor Bob
Craig McDonald ... Casting Director
Bruce Hughes ... Clark Gable
Ben Anderson ... Drama Teacher
Marita Wilcox ... Bess Glazer

Glenn Morshower ... Officer
Angela Stapleton ... Delivery Nurse
Erik Donnison ... Gynecologist
Greg Parker ... Doctor Bender
Soula Alexander ... Dee Dee
Hamish Hughes ... Louis Calhern

Donna Ponterotto ... Neighbor Woman
Megan Will ... Pier Little Girl
James Bridekirk ... British Reporter

Brett Tucker ... Actor at White Party
Phillip Lowe ... Buddy 1
Richard Morgan ... Buddy 2
Renee Henderson ... Jane Russell
Vonnie Pilgrim ... Old Woman
Kim Knuckey ... Rastaurant Owner
Jim Daly ... Plane Supervisor
Constance Lansberg ... Sanitarium Nurse (as Constance Landsberg)
Keir Saltmarsh ... Radio Reporter
Alistair Reid ... Actor

Bernard Curry ... Assistant to Director J.
Lew Luton ... Doctor #2
Simone Oliver ... Fair Princess
Stuart Halusz ... Dark Prince
Bev Killick ... Ladies Room Attendant
Chris Fortuna ... Guy in the Liberty
Mark Guerin ... Director HH
Cathy Godbold ... Assistant #2
Roxanne Baker ... Little Girl
Craig Blumeris ... Man

Jonathan Newton ... Boy who tries to kiss NJ
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Debra Low ... Autograph Hound

Steve Syson ... Party Patron (2001) (credit only)
Felicity Andersen ... Sexy Actress at Party (uncredited)

Elise Audeyev ... Clark Gable's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Monty Burgess ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Johnny Drocco ... Man Smoking in Courtyard with Bad Haircut (uncredited)
Shayne Greenman ... Clark Gable (uncredited)
Samantha Hall ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Jordan Janceski ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Michael Samluk ... Studio Crewman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joyce Chopra 
Writing credits
Joyce Carol Oates (book)

Joyce Eliason (teleplay)

Produced by
Ashley Aitken .... associate producer
Jay Firestone .... executive producer
Brad Gordon .... co-producer (as Bradley H. Gordon)
Robert Greenwald .... executive producer
Adam Haight .... executive producer
Philip K. Kleinbart .... supervising producer (as Philip Kleinbart)
Jacobus Rose .... co-executive producer
Elizabeth Selzer .... co-executive producer (as Liz Selzer Lang)
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
James Glennon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Deborah Zeitman 
Casting by
Wendy Kurtzman 
Production Design by
Bernard Hides 
Art Direction by
Sally Shepherd 
Bernadette Wynack  (as Bernie Wynack)
Set Decoration by
Kerrie Brown 
Costume Design by
Jolie Anna Andreatta 
Makeup Department
John Brato .... hair stylist
Paul Pattison .... key hair stylist
Paul Pattison .... key makeup artist
Brandon Waggoner .... key hair stylist: Los Angeles
Production Management
Gina Black .... production manager
Kimberly A. Dickens .... production supervisor: Los Angeles (as Kimberly Dickens)
Philip K. Kleinbart .... production manager: Los Angeles (as Philip Kleinbart)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Sean Barnacle .... trainee assistant director
Stacy Christenson .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles
Liz Edwards .... second assistant director
John Powditch .... first assistant director
Ellie Smith .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Cameron Stewart .... third assistant director
Jacobus Rose .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Curtis Baruth .... construction coordinator: Los Angeles (as Curtis W. Baruth)
Hugh Batup .... construction coordinator
Paul Breuninger .... property master: Los Angeles
Richie Dehne .... property master
Susan Emshwiller .... set decorator: Los Angeles (as Susan J. Emshwiller)
Brian Lang .... stand-by props
Lachlan Snell .... stand-by props
Thomas P. Wilkins .... art director: Los Angeles (as Tom Wilkins)
Milo Angel .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Belinda Cusmano .... lead set dresser (uncredited)
Elaine Kusmishko .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Linden .... supervising sound editor
Tara Paul .... supervising sound editor
Dean Ryan .... boom operator
John Schiefelbein .... sound mixer
Ken Segal .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
David Bondelevitch .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Jeff Little .... special effects coordinator
Kevin Turner .... special effects technician
Peter Stubbs .... special effects (uncredited)
Sean Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Anderson .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Dave Coltier .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
David Cross .... key grip
Warwick Field .... camera operator
Andrew Jerram .... first assistant camera
Marty Miller .... grip best boy
Katie Milwright .... second assistant camera
Simon Ozolins .... second assistant camera (2001)
Harry Panagiotidis .... Steadicam operator
Daryl Pearson .... gaffer
John A. Small .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles (as John Small)
Michael Weaver .... gaffer: Los Angeles (as Mike Weaver)
Tony Whitman .... key grip: Los Angeles
Bruce Williams .... lamp operator (2001)
Jason C. Fitzgerald .... best boy electric: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Iris Ng .... electrician (uncredited)
Anthony Tulloch .... best boy (uncredited)
John Warner .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maura Fay .... casting: Australia
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Jeff Olan .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Lynn Ruthven .... casting: Australia (as Lynne Ruthven)
Julie Sixsmith .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bronwyn Doughty .... costume supervisor
Alban Farrawell .... assistant costume designer
Robin McMullan .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Simone Culley .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Imelda Betiong .... assistant editor
Scott Klein .... color timer
Eric Whipp .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Chris Walden .... composer: additional music
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Penka Kouneva .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Davis .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Nino Negrin .... transportation coordinator
Jay Wylie .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Alton .... assistant: Mr. Rose, Los Angeles
Jason Bretz .... executive assistant
Steven Buhai .... key set production assistant: Los Angeles
Sean Byrnes .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Frida Cohen .... assistant: Mr. Rose
Karen Eachus .... script supervisor: Los Angeles (as Karen Kirkpatrick)
Sarah Edmonds .... assistant: Ms. Chopra
Tara Ferrier .... script supervisor
Sebastian Gunner .... location manager
Todd Helbing .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Brian Jonason .... executive assistant
Stephen Krug .... executive assistant (as Steve Krug)
Peter Martorano .... location manager: Los Angeles
Jodie Mills .... studio/facility coordinator: crawford productions (2001)
Michael Novotny .... location consultant: Los Angeles
Simonne Overend .... production secretary
Alistar 'Skinny' Reilly .... location manager
Karen Roberts .... production accountant
Karen Roberts .... production accountant: Los Angeles
Robin M. Santos .... assistant: Ms. Chopra, Los Angeles
Cecelia Specht .... dialect coach
Lily Takanashi .... assistant: Mr. Kleinbart, Los Angeles
Marc J. Ventimiglia .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Marc Ventimiglia)
Selin Yaman .... production secretary
Rowena Zande .... production coordinator
Alex Barnoya .... set medic (uncredited)
Frank Ferruccio .... consultant (uncredited)
Victor Fukushima .... unit assistant (uncredited)
Tami Hodges Gruneich .... production assistant: los angeles (uncredited)
Andrew Lindley .... payroll manager (uncredited)
Rayshelle Willis .... assistant accountant (uncredited)

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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
RENT-A-SEXPOT, 18 May 2001
Author: Lt Wolf Maker from NY

This movie gives us Marilyn Monroe's life in the series of events that are most famous to US - the audience. They mimic many moments that we should know (like "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," MM walking out of City Hall after marrying Arthur Miller, MM singing to JFK). Why? To keep us entertained by showing us just HOW much Poppy Montgomery looks like the wondrous Marilyn Monroe. And...she does. Poppy succeeded in this role because she wasn't intimidated by the part...and I read somewhere that she was always obsessed with Monroe, so that probably helped.

This bio is definitely not bad. It has moments of pure brilliance. One of the last scenes, where Marilyn is on the ferris wheel & she runs away from the carnival barefoot to the dark road - it was one of the most fascinating, ingenious scenes in the entire movie. ALSO, I was surprised by the kink-factor of this CBS television mini-series. Now, MM on the beach having a threesome with the insinuations of oral definitely added an unexpected element to the film. But it shouldn't surprise us, since her business WAS sex. That trait payed her bills.

"Blonde," by the end, portrayed MM as a rent-a-kitten. DiMaggio got her for a while. Then Arthur Miller had his turn. Did all these people just want ownership rights to her like she was some convenient muse that they couldn't exist without but ended up unable to exist with? This I don't understand. Was it all about her genetically impossible, intimidating high standard of beauty? A form of self-sabotage? Her life seems impossible, which can only mean she had some form of depression or paranoia (inherited from her mother). The film shows this well in the end. She was crazy. Normal people just don't live that way. That's why she is so untouchable and fascinating to us still - because we can't make any sense of her. She's a complicated, perplexing, confusingly self-denying girl that we can't get out of our heads. If only we could FIX her, we think. If only we put that missing puzzle piece in, then she'd be all right. Then we could have peace of mind.

So, was this only an act? Marilyn was smart...did she know this affect she had on people? Were WE her toys instead of vice versa? It would be a conspiracy, but I believe Marilyn Monroe was an extremely strong person that made fools of us all. If in fact she enjoyed any of it, then this was her strange fetish: to always play the role of the little girl. Her forever game of pretend.

Poppy Montgomery did a great job as Marilyn. The one thing she lacked, though, is MM's silent intelligence. But otherwise, it's very obvious Montgomery worked hard and did the part with a respectful devotion to Monroe...and it succeeded. And, I also believe, the character of Monroe must be a very pleasurable role to don't tell me that Marilyn Monroe herself didn't enjoy being in her own skin. I think she liked it more than we've led ourselves to believe.

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