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The Goddess (1958)

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

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emily Ann Faulkner
... Dutch Seymour
... John Tower (as Steve Hill)
Betty Lou Holland ... Mrs. Laureen Faulkner
... Alice Marie
Gerald Hiken ... George
... Emily Ann Faulkner, age 8
... Harding
... Lester Brackman
... Joanna
Gail Haworth ... Emily's Daughter
... Hillary
... The Cook
Gerald Petrarca ... The Minister
... Joe Wilsey
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Storyline

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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Profound and astounding

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24 June 1958 (USA)  »

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A Deusa  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The Emily Ann Faulkner/Rita Shawn character (played by Kim Stanley) was primarily based on Marilyn Monroe with elements of the lives of Joan Crawford and Judy Garland. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lester Brackman: Well, she's got something, Dutch. She's very good in this picture. She's going to attract a lot of attention. She's got what I call the quality of availability.
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A Black and White Miracle
21 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

I'm ashamed to confess I didn't know the first thing about Kim Stanley when I saw "The Goddess" Now, she is someone who lives within my psyche. To say that she's remarkable seems feeble. She is, something else, something more, unique! Her character through her got into my system and stayed there. The sadness of the story, written by Paddy Chaeffsky no less, harbors something prophetic. I can't quite put my finger in it but this was 1958 and talks about things we really start to understand now. I'm writing this review in 2010. John Cromwell (Of Human Bondage) directed, Steven Hill (Law and Order, Lloyd Bridges (Jeff's and Beau's dad), Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker) lend extraordinary support. For lovers of great acting. You can't afford to miss this extraordinary experience.


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