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Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976)

Aspiring actress Norma Jean Baker lives in squalor in the early '40s as she works at the munitions plant and dreams of being a movie star. Abused as a child and an adult, she lacks ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Norma Jean Baker
Terence Locke ... Ralph Johnson
... Ruth Latimer
Preston Hanson ... Hal James
Marty Zagon ... Irving Oblach
Andre Philippe ... Sam Dunn
Adele Claire ... Beverly
... Randy Palmer
Paula Mitchell ... Cynthia Palmer
Jean Sarah Frost ... Ethel
Lilyan McBride ... House Mother
Burr Middleton ... Sleasy Photographer
... George
Ivy Bethune ... Ruby Kirshner
... Terry (as Robert Gribbon)
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Aspiring actress Norma Jean Baker lives in squalor in the early '40s as she works at the munitions plant and dreams of being a movie star. Abused as a child and an adult, she lacks self-confidence, but photographer Ralph Johnson takes some publicity shots and convinces her to try for her dream, and supports her as she's bounced from casting couches to sleazy photo shoots. She befriends once-powerful producer Hal James, who tries to steer her toward her dream of stardom, to where she will eventually be known as Marilyn Monroe. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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She was soon to become the greatest sex symbol the world has ever known. See more »

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Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-to-late 1970s about Tinseltown, Old Hollywood and its Golden Age including the Silent Film era. The pictures include Fedora (1978), Inserts (1975), Valentino (1977), Nickelodeon (1976), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), Hearts of the West (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), The World's Greatest Lover (1977), Gable and Lombard (1976), Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976), Bud and Lou (1978), and W.C. Fields and Me (1976). Bogie (1980) and Mommie Dearest (1981) would soon follow as well. See more »

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Edited into Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn (1989) See more »

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AWFUL TRASHY DON'T WATCH IT.
4 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I made the mistake of watching this and buying it. I have a lot of stuff to say to make this movie seem like junk and it is.

Marilyn was never forced to have sexual relations with any of her casting directors. The studio names were messed up, the modeling agency she was at was not named the same. It's full of nudity and Marilyn didn't do anything like that until Somethings Got To Give and the famous Playboy issue. She wasn't raped by a police man. All the none sense about the "Whamo ammo" girl trash is all false. The names are wrong, except for Norma Jean Baker, that seems to be the only thing Larry Buchanan could spell.

I hated this movie and if anyone wants to disagree with me and say its good then they're wrong and wasting their time.

I'd give it 1/2 out of 4 stars.


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