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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 »


Larry Buchanan




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)


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 »


Biography | Drama


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Did You Know?


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 »


The facts of this film are greatly inaccurate and it should not been seen as an accurate biography of Monroe's life. See more »


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

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Absolutely the worst movie every made. Period.
3 August 2007 | by beyondwordsSee all my reviews

I remember bullying my then-boyfriend (now husband, in spite of my demonstrably bad taste in movies by wanting to even SEE this) to go see this in '76 when it first came out. He fought it, but being a guy, he finally agreed to humor me. About ten minutes into the movie, people started leaving -- it was THAT bad. I turned to him and said, "OK, you win. It stinks. Let's go." My punishment? We couldn't go -- we had to sit there and watch the WHOLE THING. Omigod, it must have been filmed by a blind man and edited a drunk and on crack. It was just an exploitively poor excuse for soft porn that happened to tack Marilyn Monroe's name on it. If I were her, I'd sue from the grave! When the final credits started to roll, he turned to me and said, "I'm sorry -- it was so bad that NO ONE should have had to sit through that." We still laugh about it, 30 years later, but it's definitely the top of the list as far as bad movies go!

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February 1976 (USA) See more »

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Young Marilyn See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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