Blonde (2001 film)

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Based onBlonde
by Joyce Carol Oates
Screenplay byJoyce Eliason
Directed byJoyce Chopra
StarringPoppy Montgomery
Patricia Richardson
Patrick Dempsey
Jensen Ackles
Kirstie Alley
Theme music composerPatrick Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes2
ProducerBrad Gordon
CinematographyJames Glennon
EditorDeborah Zeitman
Running time165 minutes
Production companiesFireworks Entertainment
Robert Greenwald Productions
Original release
ReleaseMay 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)

Blonde is a 2001 American made-for-television biographical fiction film on the life of Marilyn Monroe, with Australian actress Poppy Montgomery in the lead role. The film was adapted from Joyce Carol Oates's 2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist novel of the same name.


A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with a series of real events in her life. With glimpses into her childhood years, teenaged marriage to first husband Bucky Glazer, meeting with photographer Otto Ose, career with 20th Century Fox, relationship with her mother, her foster parents, Charles Chaplin Jr. (Cass), Edward G. Robinson Jr. (Eddie G), and her marriages to baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller.



In the United States' review aggregator, the Rotten Tomatoes, in the score where the site staff categorizes the opinions of independent media and mainstream media only positive or negative, the film has an approval rating of 60% calculated based on five critics reviews. By comparison, with the same opinions being calculated using a weighted arithmetic mean, the score achieved is 3.3/10.[1]

Steven Oxman of Variety considered that Blonde's approach as a work of fiction instead of a "based on true events" retelling allowed creators "to be far more imaginative in their suppositions about the characters' private thoughts" than similar works.[2]

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  1. ^ "Blonde". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  2. ^ Oxman, Steven (May 8, 2001). "Blonde". Variety. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2019.

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