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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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They knew her as Norma Jean Baker. The world would soon know her as Marilyn Monroe See more »

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Ciao Norma Jean  »

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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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I DISAGREE
19 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I disagree strongly with the above review. Sure, this basically a 70's exploitation flick with nudity but I think that GOODBYE NORMA JEAN is an underrated film that holds up quite well and is a better movie than the similar one made for HBO a few years ago with Ashley Judd and Mia Sorvino sharing the title role. Misty Rowe is very good in the title role and the movie is surprising in it's accuracy, not glossing over some of the more sordid details of Ms Monroe's life. Well worth seeking out..


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