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Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996)

This film follows Norma Jean from her simple, ambitious youth to her superstar pinnacle and back down. She moves from lover to lover in order to further her career. She finds fame but never happiness, only knowing seduction but not love.



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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Norma Jean Dougherty
... Marilyn Monroe
... Eddie Jordan
... Johnny Hyde
... Arthur Miller
... Joe DiMaggio
... Fred Karger
... Darryl Zanuck
... Billy Wilder
Dana Goldstone ... Lee Strasberg
... Mozelle Hyde
... Natasha Lytess
... Milton Krasner
... Commissary Photographer
... Preacher


In this film, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino portray two sides of the woman America loved, but who struggled to love herself: Marilyn Monroe. To the world, Marilyn was a vivacious superstar, the epitome of sexuality, sensuality and frolicsome amusement. Every man wanted her - every woman wanted to be her. But behind the enticing smile, beneath the tight-fitting dresses, there was a dark secret - one Marilyn could not bury in the past... the child inside named Norma Jean. Everything Norma Jean dreams of, Marilyn achieves. Every man she struggles to resist, Marilyn succumbs to. And while Marilyn climbs the ladder to success, Norma Jean was beneath it, almost willing her to fall. Written by HBO Home Video

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Marilyn Monroe was our fantasy. Norma Jean was her reality.


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and nudity, some substance abuse and strong language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

18 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Norma Jean and Marilyn  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Strasberg confronts an actress during an Actor's Studio session, you can see the shadow of a crew member's head to their left for a few seconds until he/she realizes that he/she is in the shot. See more »


Johnny Hyde: How can you be so cold?
Marilyn Monroe: Because you let me.
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References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »


Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
Written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin
Performed by Mira Sorvino
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Good Movie Overall
9 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first premiered back in 1996 and I saw it again last night. I think that it's a good movie overall. Very good concept, screen-writing, and acting, but I don't even worry about the accuracy, because a lot of times in these type of "biographical" movies, theres always gonna be something different to it, especially when most of the people aren't alive to comfirm what is true and what's isn't.

I found this movie to be very interesting more than anything else and times it seemed very depressing; was Marilyn that sad? Ashley Judd is very impressive in this movie and her portrayal of Norma Jean's involvment in Marilyn's then-current life, is one of the reasons that makes this movie so interesting. Mira Sorvino was also very impressive, but I believe that the only fault in Sorvino's performance was that the writter's seemed to portray Marilyn as a dumb blonde, when I believe Marilyn was not even close to that. Sometimes it did seem kind of disrespectful, but I don't think that they really meant any harm by it, but they should've known. Don't go watching this film expecting accuracy, I think that's what too many people are expecting. Go to this film expecting to hear a possible side to this woman's life, not for the absolute and complete truth, cause you will not get it from this film. The only place you can get the truth is from the late Marilyn herself.

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