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Part 1 

Marilyn Monroe recounts her early life to a new doctor, including her marriage at 16 years old, her struggle with a mentally unstable mother, and her career as a young starlet.


Laurie Collyer


J. Randy Taraborrelli (based upon the book by), Stephen Kronish (teleplay by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Gladys Mortenson
Kelli Garner ... Marilyn Monroe
Embeth Davidtz ... Natasha Lytess
Jack Noseworthy ... Alan DeShields
Eva Amurri Martino ... Young Gladys
Stephen Bogaert ... Arthur Miller
Giacomo Gianniotti ... Jimmy Dougherty
Peter MacNeill ... Joseph M. Schenck
Barry Flatman ... Darryl F. Zanuck
Matthew Bennett ... Allan 'Whitey' Snyder
Tony Nardi ... Johnny Hyde
Tamara Hickey ... Patricia Kennedy Lawford
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Joe DiMaggio
Emily Watson ... Grace McKee
Neil Crone ... Ben Lyon


Norma Jean Mortenson battles a lonely existence with an absent mother; Norma Jean blossoms into an ambitious woman and reinvents herself; Marilyn tries to control her inner demons and the onslaught of mental illness inherited from her mother.

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Release Date:

30 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The working title of the mini-series was "Norma Jean". See more »


Marilyn rehearses a dance routine from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes before she meets Joe. In reality, Marilyn learned that she had been cast in the film on her 26th birthday, after she met DiMaggio. See more »


References The Asphalt Jungle (1950) See more »

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good but not ahhhhhamziiing
30 May 2015 | by www-kasseyamoiSee all my reviews

the movie was good it held centripetal force and the characters were good,if not realistic. yet there were times the actress relied to much on her acting. for an example her body movements seemed so forced like she was going with what she thinks sexuality is, rather going with what she has.Marilyn honed her sexuality to make yourself her. the actress should have owned hone whats hers.

thats the best way to be sexy and fierce,which is what Marilyn is and was. not to mention at times the way the actress so breathy i couldn't understand a lot of what she was saying.

i had to rewind a lot and soon i gave up i felt like deleting it. i was watching a movie where the person couldn't open there mouth and talk.. while playing a character. i felt like i was in a stoner movie or Adam sandler movie or worst.... M.Night Shamalyan.... in all good movie but please open your mouth, you can play a character while still saying words.its called acting i give it a 6.5 in all.

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