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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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Larry Buchanan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Misty Rowe ... Norma Jean Baker
Terence Locke Terence Locke ... Ralph Johnson
Patch Mackenzie ... Ruth Latimer
Preston Hanson Preston Hanson ... Hal James
Marty Zagon Marty Zagon ... Irving Oblach
Andre Philippe Andre Philippe ... Sam Dunn
Adele Claire Adele Claire ... Beverly
Sal Ponti ... Randy Palmer
Paula Mitchell Paula Mitchell ... Cynthia Palmer
Jean Sarah Frost Jean Sarah Frost ... Ethel
Lilyan McBride Lilyan McBride ... House Mother
Burr Middleton Burr Middleton ... Sleasy Photographer
Stuart Lancaster ... George
Ivy Bethune Ivy Bethune ... Ruby Kirshner
Robert Gribbin ... 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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They knew her as Norma Jean Baker. The world would soon know her as Marilyn Monroe See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Marilyn See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In casting the role of Marilyn Monroe, director Larry Buchanan conducted a "National Marilyn Monroe Lookalike Contest" which was won by unknown 21-year-old Alexis Pederson. After reading the script Pederson turned down the role and instead it was offered to Misty Rowe, who took it. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

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wrong on so many levels
6 September 2011 | by ptquiltsSee all my reviews

This movie is wrong in so many ways - MM did not start out as a blonde, as others have noted.

The only concession the producers made to period authenticity was the cars. No one has authentic 1940's hairdos or makeup. Check out the scene where everyone is leaving the screening room - they all look like they are in the 1970's which is when the movie was made. The main character's wig is a mess and looks like it has never been brushed.

And one character describes a "snuff" film as one where two women kill a guy - not what I usually hear a "snuff" film consists of.

The whole film is painful to watch as the production values are just terrible. Looks like the budget was about $500.


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