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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 »



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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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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Kelli Garner becomes Marilyn!!
24 August 2015 | by HollywoodVixen90See all my reviews

I finally got around to watching this film after letting it sit it on my DVR for 4 months. Going into the film I wasn't quite sure what to expect because not many Lifetime movies are that great. However, Lifetime really hit it out of the ballpark with this one. I've read so much about Marilyn and her life and this movie was accurate to everything I've read about her. I'm usually a little leery when it comes to biopic films because you're never sure how the movie is going to portray the subject and their life. Lifetime nailed it with this one. The casting was perfect as well. Kelli Garner was the perfect choice to play Marilyn. She is the spitting image of Marilyn, and she even sounds like her! Susan Sarandon also did an excellent job as Marilyn's mother, Gladys. With this film, it's a if you're getting to know Marilyn on a personal level and I like that. I have no complaints at all about this film. If it ever comes out on DVD/Blu-ray I will definitely buy it and add it to my film collection. If your a fan of Marilyn Monroe or Old Hollywood, I highly recommend you watch this.

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