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Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)

The story of how Norma Jean, once an orphan in Hollywood, becomes Marilyn Monroe, the movie star and celebrity. The movie begins with her as a child and ends with the mysterious way she ... See full summary »

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

The story of how Norma Jean, once an orphan in Hollywood, becomes Marilyn Monroe, the movie star and celebrity. The movie begins with her as a child and ends with the mysterious way she dies. Throughout the movie, we see the highlights and lowlights of her career, including the parts of her private life not widely known. Written by Anonymous

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

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marilyn Monroe - Eine wahre Geschichte See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
(uncredited)
Written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin
Performed by Catherine Hicks
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Great performance by Hicks as the tragic Marilyn
23 November 2002 | by kkmillSee all my reviews

Catherine Hicks was rightfully nominated for an Emmy for this TV biopic. She nails Norma Jean/Marilyn, the little girl who never grew up. It is long (2 and a half hours), and at times tough to take the lonely, depressing state of mind she lived in. The film really did cause me to see the character as Marilyn and forget I was watching CH playing her. Good script and great performances by terrific cast. Overall: way above average for a TV movie of it's kind. 8 out of 10.


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