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Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)

The story of the life and times of the legendary Hollywood blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, from her meteoric rise to stardom, to her marriages and untimely death.


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




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


The movie begins with Marilyn (then Norma Jean) as a child, once an orphan in Hollywood, California. The movie progresses with the young girl growing up with superstar dreams inside her head, and she eventually marries, starts modeling, divorces, signs a contract with 20th Century Fox, and changes her moniker to Marilyn Monroe. The movie also views her personal life; with her husbands, baseball player Joe DiMaggio, and with playwright Arthur Miller. As with her personal life, the movie shows a great deal of Monroe's life in the public eye, showing her rise to stardom, her career peak, and her tragic final years. The movie ends with the legendary movie star's death under mysterious circumstances.

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


Biography | Drama


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Did You Know?


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


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


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Squeeze (1982) See more »


Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
Written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin
Performed by Catherine Hicks
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Hicks is the worst Marilyn to date
5 November 2002 | by Opion8dSee all my reviews

*Marilyn: The Untold Story*

I've seen 3 movies about Marilyn Monroe. Well, three if you count the mini-series. They are all the same. The actresses are all miscast. Let's face it, nobody can be Marilyn but Marilyn. Certainly not Catherine Hicks. Who is Catharine Hicks? The mom on 7th Heaven... yeah. You might be thinking that maybe she USED to look like Marilyn, but she didn't. The main thing was the lips. Mira Sorvino (who was also bad) at least used her lips when she talked. She also tried her best with th accent. Catharine Hicks didn't even talk like Marilyn. It felt like she had never even seen a Marilyn Monroe movie in her life.

The movie was okay, but I could just never see Hicks as Marilyn.


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Release Date:

28 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marilyn Monroe - Eine wahre Geschichte See more »

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1.33 : 1
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