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.
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Marilyn Monroe was our fantasy. Norma Jean was her reality.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for sexual content and nudity, some substance abuse and strong language
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Did You Know?
The film's title misspells Norma Jean(e)'s name by omitting the "e" at the end of her name. This might have to do with the fact that her name was incorrectly misspelled on her birth certificate which omitted the "e". Nonetheless all official documents throughout Marilyn's life have her listed as either Norma Jeane Baker, Dougherty, or Mortenson (her mother's second husband's last name). Ironically, however, during the film, when Norma Jeane slips Ted Lewis a napkin with her name name and phone number on it, we see that she has correctly spelled her name with the "e" at the end of it. See more
Oh, no, Johnny, you need your rest.
I'll get my rest when I'm dead, which is going to be sooner rather than later. You know that, Marilyn.
References Hopalong Cassidy
William Tell Overture
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