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A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life.




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Series cast summary:
Titus Welliver ...  The Baseball Player 2 episodes, 2001
Eric Bogosian ...  Otto Ose 2 episodes, 2001
Niklaus Lange Niklaus Lange ...  Bucky Glazer 2 episodes, 2001
Richard Roxburgh ...  Mr. R 2 episodes, 2001
Jensen Ackles ...  Eddie G 2 episodes, 2001
Skye McCole Bartusiak ...  Young Norma Jean 2 episodes, 2001
Ann-Margret ...  Della Monroe 2 episodes, 2001
Kirstie Alley ...  Elsie 2 episodes, 2001
Tony Harvey Tony Harvey ...  Mr. Pearce 2 episodes, 2001
Trisha Noble ...  Dr. Mittelstadt 2 episodes, 2001
John Lee John Lee ...  Director J. 2 episodes, 2001
Matthew O'Sullivan Matthew O'Sullivan ...  Lee Strasberg 2 episodes, 2001
Andrew Clarke ...  Laurence Olivier 2 episodes, 2001
Warwick Rimmer Warwick Rimmer ...  Agent 2 episodes, 2001
Steven Vidler ...  Warren 2 episodes, 2001
Emily Browning ...  Fleece 2 episodes, 2001
Don Halbert Don Halbert ...  Max Lurie 2 episodes, 2001
Robin Cuming Robin Cuming ...  Director B. 2 episodes, 2001
Gary Lantzsch Gary Lantzsch ...  Mr. Haring 2 episodes, 2001
Michael Carman ...  Director H. 2 episodes, 2001
Colin MacPherson Colin MacPherson ...  Whitey 2 episodes, 2001
Mark Lee ...  Porn Dealer 2 episodes, 2001
Jennifer Congram ...  Yvet 2 episodes, 2001
Lisa Heenan Lisa Heenan ...  Mrs. Mount 2 episodes, 2001
Richard Neal Richard Neal ...  Mr. Mount 2 episodes, 2001
Mark Mitchell Mark Mitchell ...  Texas Oilman 2 episodes, 2001
Alan Lock Alan Lock ...  Doctor Bob 2 episodes, 2001
Craig McDonald Craig McDonald ...  Casting Director 2 episodes, 2001
Bruce Hughes Bruce Hughes ...  Clark Gable 2 episodes, 2001
Ben Anderson ...  Drama Teacher 2 episodes, 2001
Marita Wilcox Marita Wilcox ...  Bess Glazer 2 episodes, 2001
Glenn Morshower ...  Officer 2 episodes, 2001
Angela Stapleton Angela Stapleton ...  Delivery Nurse 2 episodes, 2001
Erik Donnison Erik Donnison ...  Gynecologist 2 episodes, 2001
Greg Parker Greg Parker ...  Doctor Bender 2 episodes, 2001
Soula Alexander Soula Alexander ...  Dee Dee 2 episodes, 2001
Hamish Hughes Hamish Hughes ...  Louis Calhern 2 episodes, 2001
Donna Ponterotto ...  Neighbor Woman 2 episodes, 2001
Megan Will Megan Will ...  Pier Little Girl 2 episodes, 2001
James Bridekirk James Bridekirk ...  British Reporter 2 episodes, 2001
Brett Tucker ...  Actor at White Party 2 episodes, 2001
Phillip Lowe ...  Buddy 1 2 episodes, 2001
Richard Morgan Richard Morgan ...  Buddy 2 2 episodes, 2001
Renee Henderson Renee Henderson ...  Jane Russell 2 episodes, 2001
Vonnie Pilgrim Vonnie Pilgrim ...  Old Woman 2 episodes, 2001
Kim Knuckey Kim Knuckey ...  Rastaurant Owner 2 episodes, 2001
Jim Daly ...  Plane Supervisor 2 episodes, 2001
Constance Lansberg Constance Lansberg ...  Sanitarium Nurse 2 episodes, 2001
Keir Saltmarsh Keir Saltmarsh ...  Radio Reporter 2 episodes, 2001
Alistair Reid ...  Actor 2 episodes, 2001
Bernard Curry ...  Assistant to Director J. 2 episodes, 2001
Lew Luton Lew Luton ...  Doctor #2 2 episodes, 2001
Simone Oliver Simone Oliver ...  Fair Princess 2 episodes, 2001
Stuart Halusz Stuart Halusz ...  Dark Prince 2 episodes, 2001
Bev Killick Bev Killick ...  Ladies Room Attendant 2 episodes, 2001
Chris Fortuna Chris Fortuna ...  Guy in the Liberty 2 episodes, 2001
Mark Guerin Mark Guerin ...  Director HH 2 episodes, 2001
Cathy Godbold ...  Assistant #2 2 episodes, 2001
Roxanne Baker Roxanne Baker ...  Little Girl 2 episodes, 2001
Craig Blumeris Craig Blumeris ...  Man 2 episodes, 2001
Jonathan Newton ...  Boy who tries to kiss NJ 2 episodes, 2001
Zenith Ander ...  Press 2 episodes, 2001
Patrick Dempsey ...  Cass 2 episodes, 2001
Liza Dennis Liza Dennis ...  Marylin's wardrobe assistant 2 episodes, 2001
Griffin Dunne ...  The Playwright 2 episodes, 2001
Kim Gelvin ...  Paula Strasburg 2 episodes, 2001
Poppy Montgomery ...  Marilyn Monroe / ... 2 episodes, 2001
Patricia Richardson ...  Gladys Baker 2 episodes, 2001
Wallace Shawn ...  I.E. Shinn 2 episodes, 2001


A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life: childhood years, first marriage to James Dougherty, meeting with the photographer Otto Ose, career with XX Century Fox, relationship with her mother, foster parents, life wasters Charles Chaplin Jr. (Cass) and Edward G. Robinson Jr. (Eddie G), baseball player Joe DiMaggio, playwright Arthur Miller and many other people. Written by David Shahoumian <dave2070@gmail.com>

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Imagine if Marilyn Monroe could tell you her secrets... tonight she will.


Biography | Drama


Did You Know?


It is said in the mini-series of Marilyn's original name that the Jean(e) in Norma Jeane is after Jean Harlow. This can't be the case. Marilyn was born in 1926. Jean Harlow's first film appearance was in 1928 and she had bit parts until her first starring role in 1930 with Hell's Angels. Therefore, Harlow would not have been in mother Grace's consciousness in 1926 for her to choose the name Jean(e) for her daughter. Harlow herself was originally named Harlean Carpentier so she may not even have been called Jean in 1926. The Norma purportedly came from silent star Norma Talmadge who's career began in 1910 and she was still appearing in movies by 1926, therefore that could indeed be true. Where the Jeane actually came from is a mystery. Marilyn was photographed as Jean Harlow in 1958 for Life magazine by Richard Avedon for a shoot of herself as other famous women (including Clara Bow, Dietrich, Theda Bara). It has been written that Jean Harlow was an idol of Marilyn's and that she was working with Sidney Skolsky to make a biopic of the actress, even going as far as to ask Harlow's mother for her blessing, but Marilyn died before it could go into production. There are many parallels between Jean and Marilyn's lives (brought up as Christian Scientists, had three husbands, final films were with Clark Gable to name just a few coincidences). Perhaps all of these instances of Harlow's life overlapping and influencing Marilyn's is what has led to the falsehood that Jean Harlow was Norma Jeane's namesake. See more »


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See it for Poppy Montgomery
2 February 2004 | by blindlemonSee all my reviews

Not a bad biopic - though, not being a fanatic, I can't vouch for the accuracy. Although long (over 3 hours) time passed quickly - borne along by the appealing performance of Poppy Montgomery as MM.

I've never see her before, but will look out for her in the future after this convincing performance. Interestingly, her portrayal of the younger Norma Jean seemed to better capture the essence of Marilyn's fragile appeal than the later scenes when she became "Marilyn".

As for the production itself, the script was effective (if a bit tame) and the inhumanity of the Hollywood Machine was well portrayed. The supporting cast gave workmanlike performances too - but with Poppy on screen in almost every scene, who's going to waste time looking at them?!!

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