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Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)

The story of how Norma Jean, once an orphan in Hollywood, becomes Marilyn Monroe, the movie star and celebrity. The movie begins with her as a child and ends with the mysterious way she ... See full summary »

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Norman Mailer (novel), Dalene Young
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Hicks ... Marilyn Monroe
Richard Basehart ... Johnny Hyde
Frank Converse ... Joe DiMaggio
John Ireland ... John Huston
Viveca Lindfors ... Natasha Lytess
Jason Miller ... Arthur Miller
Sheree North ... Gladys Baker
Kevin Geer ... Jim Dougherty
Tracey Gold ... Young Norma Jean
Priscilla Morrill ... Louella Parsons
John Christy Ewing John Christy Ewing ... Lawyer
Bill Vint Bill Vint ... Montgomery Clift
Larry Pennell ... Clark Gable
Heath Jobes Heath Jobes ... Tom Ewell
Howard Caine ... Billy Wilder
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Storyline

The story of how Norma Jean, once an orphan in Hollywood, becomes Marilyn Monroe, the movie star and celebrity. The movie begins with her as a child and ends with the mysterious way she dies. Throughout the movie, we see the highlights and lowlights of her career, including the parts of her private life not widely known. Written by Anonymous

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Her image was perfection . . . her life was a personal hell.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marilyn Monroe - Eine wahre Geschichte See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bonnie Bedelia was approached to play Marilyn Monroe, but turned said offer down. See more »

Goofs

Joe DiMaggio is shown at an Old Timers game batting left-handed. DiMaggio was a right-handed hitter. See more »

Connections

Featured in No Small Parts: Anne Ramsey (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
(uncredited)
Written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin
Performed by Catherine Hicks
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Absolutely Fantastic
29 February 2012 | by myspecialparadiseSee all my reviews

Catherine Hick's performance rates 10 stars! No one has ever captured Marilyn to the extent that Catherine Hicks has in this unbelievable film. I will add that Sheree North also did an excellent job as Gladys Baker ... Marilyn's manic mother. I was so happy to see that she had a worthwhile part in this movie, considering that she was, at one time, being groomed as Marilyn's replacement, and ... Sheree was one of the few actresses that truly admired Marilyn, as well as one of the very few that felt that the rest of Hollywood should have been ashamed of how they treated Marilyn ... behind her back! Unfortunately, the wrong person was chosen to play Joe DiMaggio! Frank Converse's acting was extremely forced ... specially in the dramatic scene of Marilyn being hospitalized, where Catherine Hicks has one of her best scenes! Miss Hicks may not have looked like Marilyn, but within the first 15 minutes of the movie, you totally forget that fact, as you continue to be blown away! It is as though Marilyn, herself, came down and entered the body and mind of Catherine Hicks! I have never gotten over the whole experience ... unlike any other film I have seen about this tormented Hollywood Icon that I was extremely fortunate to have met when I was 7 years old.

LadyShalene


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