Norma Jean & Marilyn

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Norma Jean & Marilyn
Directed by Tim Fywell
Produced by Guy Riedel
Written by Anthony Summers (book)
Jill Isaacs
Starring Ashley Judd
Mira Sorvino
Josh Charles
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography John Thomas
Edited by Glenn Farr
Distributed by HBO
Release date
May 18, 1996
Running time
135 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 Norma Jean: My Secret Life With Marilyn Monroe by actor Eddie 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, was actually worn by Monroe during the filming of the original movie. Sorvino had found it while visiting a costume house in New York City looking for Marilyn Monroe costumes.[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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