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The Goddess (1958)

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A woman adored by the people around her ultimately struggles to be happy with herself.


John Cromwell


Paddy Chayefsky
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Stanley ... Emily Ann Faulkner
Lloyd Bridges ... Dutch Seymour
Steven Hill ... John Tower (as Steve Hill)
Betty Lou Holland Betty Lou Holland ... Mrs. Laureen Faulkner
Joan Copeland ... Alice Marie
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ... George
Patty Duke ... Emily Ann Faulkner, age 8
Elizabeth Wilson ... Harding
Bert Freed ... Lester Brackman
Joanne Linville ... Joanna
Gail Haworth Gail Haworth ... Emily's Daughter
Joyce Van Patten ... Hillary
Louise Beavers ... The Cook
Gerald Petrarca Gerald Petrarca ... The Minister
Werner Klemperer ... Joe Wilsey


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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Joan Copeland who played Alice Marie in the movie was at the time of filming the real life sister in law of Marilyn Monroe whose life was rumored to be the basis for the story. See more »


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 »


Emily Ann Faulkner: ...there is no God! Do you hear me? there is no God! Did you hear what I said?... there is no God! There is no God! There... There is no God!
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References The Jolson Story (1946) See more »

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New Kim Stanley fan
27 March 2007 | by swinmsSee all my reviews

I recently caught this movie on TCM and loved every second of it. Kim's accent gets a bit tiresome but the overall effect is great. Love the scene in which Patty Duke, playing The Goddess as a neglected child, pathetically tells her cat that she got promoted to the next grade in school. This movie contains all of the tried and true "money and fame aren't everything" requisites. I wish Kim Stanley had tried her hand at Tennessee Williams. She has that "Geraldine Page" affectation that Mr. Williams apparently appreciated. I remember her from "Frances". It's too bad she didn't do more movies. The Goddess is a wonderful look at late 50s Hollywood and the inherent danger in getting what you've always wanted.

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Release Date:

24 June 1958 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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