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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe 

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A chronicle of Marilyn Monroe's family life and how she succeeded in hiding her most intimate secrets from the press and an invasive world.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Susan Sarandon ...  Gladys Mortenson 2 episodes, 2015
Kelli Garner ...  Marilyn Monroe 2 episodes, 2015
Embeth Davidtz ...  Natasha Lytess 2 episodes, 2015
Jack Noseworthy ...  Alan DeShields 2 episodes, 2015
Eva Amurri Martino ...  Young Gladys 2 episodes, 2015
Stephen Bogaert ...  Arthur Miller 2 episodes, 2015
Giacomo Gianniotti ...  Jimmy Dougherty 2 episodes, 2015
Peter MacNeill ...  Joseph M. Schenck 2 episodes, 2015
Barry Flatman ...  Darryl F. Zanuck 2 episodes, 2015
Matthew Bennett ...  Allan 'Whitey' Snyder 2 episodes, 2015
Tony Nardi ...  Johnny Hyde 2 episodes, 2015
Tamara Hickey ...  Patricia Kennedy Lawford 2 episodes, 2015
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ...  Joe DiMaggio 2 episodes, 2015
Emily Watson ...  Grace McKee 2 episodes, 2015
Neil Crone ...  Ben Lyon 2 episodes, 2015
Ella Allan ...  Norma Jeane 2 episodes, 2015
Mia Allan ...  Norma Jeane 2 episodes, 2015
Jeff Kassel ...  Dr. Ennis 2 episodes, 2015
Daryn Pancer Daryn Pancer ...  Teen Date 2 episodes, 2015
Vickie Papavs ...  Mrs. Murray 2 episodes, 2015
Peter Tufford Kennedy ...  Joseph L. Mankiewicz 2 episodes, 2015


A chronicle of Marilyn Monroe's family life and how she succeeded in hiding her most intimate secrets from the press and an invasive world.

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The world knew her name. No one knew her secrets. See more »




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Release Date:

30 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The third film in which Ava Amurri Martino portrayed a young Susan Sarandon. She portrayed a younger version of her in Dead Man Walking (1995), and That's My Boy (2012). See more »

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Supporting Cast Makes it Worthwhile
2 October 2016 | by libpucSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this mostly for the stellar supporting performances by Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a much-sexier-than-real-life Joe DiMaggio, Stephen Bogaert as Arthur Miller, Tamara Hickey as Pat Kennedy Lawford and Susan Sarandon as Marilyn's mother, Gladys. They all made what is basically a run-of-the-mill Lifetime movie worthwhile.

Kelli Garner, in the main role as Marilyn Monroe, gives a breathy impression of Marilyn's famous speaking voice, but not much else. She never really conveys the conflict and pain of being Marilyn. It's like she's doing a celebrity impression instead of really becoming the character.

I know that it was made for basic cable and so they couldn't show much during the sex scenes, but it is particularly laughable when Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio are supposed to be having hot sex on a hotel bed but she leaves on her very visible granny panties and he doesn't even pull down his trousers, resulting in Morgan lying on top of Garner fully clothed while they grunt away. Surely the director could have found some way to make it look plausible that they might actually be having sex without offending the network censors.

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