Norma Jean & Marilyn

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Norma Jean & Marilyn
Written byAnthony Summers (book)
Jill Isaacs
Directed byTim Fywell
StarringAshley Judd
Mira Sorvino
Josh Charles
Music byChristopher Young
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerGuy Riedel
CinematographyJohn Thomas
EditorGlenn Farr
Running time135 minutes
Production companyHBO Pictures
Original networkHBO
Original releaseMay 18, 1996 (1996-05-18)

Norma Jean & Marilyn is a 1996 made-for-TV biographical film produced by HBO and premiered on May 18, 1996. The film featured Ashley Judd as Norma Jean Dougherty and Mira Sorvino as Marilyn Monroe. It was partially based on the 1989 book Norma Jean: My Secret Life With Marilyn Monroe by actor Ted Jordan (played by Josh Charles), who claimed to have had a years-long relationship with Monroe.

The tagline for the highly fictionalized film summarizes the plot: "Marilyn Monroe was our fantasy. Norma Jean was her reality." In dream-like scenes, Monroe and her former self appear together, with Norma Jean sometimes taunting Marilyn. The original music score was composed by Christopher Young.

It was nominated for five Emmy Awards, including for both lead actresses.

Main cast[edit]


A cherry-adorned dress Sorvino wore in the film, from The Misfits (1961), was actually worn by Monroe during the filming of the original movie. It was provided to the production by designer and cinema costume collector, Gene London.c[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 60% of professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.8 out of 10.[2]


  1. ^ O'Neal, Sean. "Mira Sorvino". Film. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  2. ^ Norma Jean and Marilyn. Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved 12 July 2012.

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