The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe Poster.jpg
GenreDrama
Bio-pic
Based onThe Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe book by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Screenplay byStephen Kronish (teleplay)
Directed byLaurie Collyer
StarringKelli Garner
Susan Sarandon
Emily Watson
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
ComposerDavid Carbonara
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes2
Production
Executive producersStephen Kronish
Damien Ganczewski
Keri Selig
Jonathan Koch
Steven Michaels
ProducersJoseph Boccia
Don Carmody
David Cormican
Production locationsOntario, Canada
CinematographyChristopher Manley
EditorsRon Wisman
Ron Wisman Jr.
Running time84 minutes
Production companiesIntuition Productions
Asylum Entertainment
Release
Original networkLifetime
Original releaseMay 30 –
May 31, 2015 (2015-05-31)
External links
Website

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe is a 2015 American made-for-TV drama miniseries on Marilyn Monroe. It stars Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, Emily Watson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Eva Amurri Martino and was first aired on Lifetime on May 30 and 31, 2015. The (two-hour forty-seven minute) miniseries is based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name by J. Randy Taraborrelli. It was nominated for three Creative Arts Emmy Awards [1]

Premise[edit]

A chronicle of Marilyn Monroe's family life, her relationship with her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, and how she succeeded in hiding her most intimate secrets from the press and an invasive world.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Eva Amurri Martino as young Gladys Pearl Baker
  • Gloria Gruber as Ida Bolender, Marilyn's caretaker as a child, also called "aunt"
  • Vickie Papavs as Mrs. Murray, Marilyn's housekeeper
  • Morgan Kelly as Tom Kelly, photographer
  • Michael Rash as Billy Wilder, Marilyn's director
  • Norm Owen as Richard Sherman
  • Neil Crone as Don Lyon
  • Jeff Kassel as Dr. Ennis, Gladys' doctor
  • Sarah Booth as Mrs. Kelly
  • Carolina Bartczak as Phyllis
  • Lindsay G Merrithew as the Beverly Hill Physician
  • Ella Allan as young Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane)
  • Mia Allan as young Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane)

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe garnered mixed reviews. Keith Ulrich of The Hollywood Reporter writes, "There's little that's surprising or inspired in Lifetime's two-part miniseries about iconic Hollywood celebrity Marilyn Monroe."[2] While, Brian Lowry of Variety writes, "What sets this latest rehash of the star's existence apart, marginally, is a knockout performance by Kelli Garner and, to a lesser degree, Susan Sarandon's turn as her mentally disturbed mother."[3] A positive review by Jordan Appugliesi of US Weekly states, "Surprise! It's Actually Good."[4] On Rotten Tomatoes the series has an approval of 55% based on 11 reviews with an average rating of 6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Offering few revelations, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe treads the same well-worn path as many other Monroe biopics, despite an admirable performance by Kelli Garner".[5] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 55 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average".[6]

Accolades[edit]

Association Category Recipient Result Ref
Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie Chris Manley Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or a Movie Cliona Furey
Cathy Shibley
Jacqueline Robertson Cull
Vincent Sullivan
Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic) Jordan Samuel
Patricia Keighran
Susan Reilly LeHane
Nominated
Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries Laurie Collyer Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Kelli Garner Nominated [7]
Prism Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Kelli Garner Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Susan Sarandon Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" emmys.com July 18, 2015
  2. ^ Uhlich, Keith (May 29, 2015). "'The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 25, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Lowry, Brian (May 28, 2015). "TV Review: 'The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe'". Variety. Retrieved June 25, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Appugliesi, Jordan (May 31, 2015). "Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe Lifetime Movie Part 1 Recap: Surprise! It's Actually Good". Us Weekly. Retrieved June 25, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, retrieved September 16, 2018
  6. ^ The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, retrieved September 16, 2018
  7. ^ "19th Annual TV Awards (2014–15) - Online Film & Television Association". www.oftaawards.com. Retrieved September 16, 2018.

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