Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)

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The story of the life and times of the legendary Hollywood blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe, from her meteoric rise to stardom to her marriages and untimely death.

"Marilyn: The Untold Story" is a dramatic biography film launched in 1980, concentrating on the life of the popular starlet and model, Marilyn Monroe. The film was based upon a book composed by Norman Mailer, entitled "Marilyn: A Biography". Directed by three different directors Jack Arnold, John Flynn and Lawrence Schiller, this ABC television movie intended to illustrate Monroe's personal life, her ups and downs, and her battle with fame and individual issues.

The storyline of "Marilyn: The Untold Story" focuses on Marilyn's life, beginning with her early days as Norma Jeane Baker, her struggling childhood invested in foster houses, transformation into Marilyn Monroe - the blonde bombshell of Hollywood, her increase to stardom and her tragic mysterious death. Catherine Hicks played the role of Monroe with good skill and was awarded an Emmy for her performance.

The film features essential episodes from Monroe's life, like her marital relationships to baseball star Joe DiMaggio, played by Joseph Campanella and playwright Arthur Miller, represented by Richard Basehart. It likewise covers her notorious affair with President John F. Kennedy.

Showcasing Monore's Struggles
"Marilyn: The Untold Story" foregrounds the darker elements of Monroe's life, diving deep into her battles with depression, her widespread drug abuse, and her continuous fight with the ominous side of popularity. She is depicted as a lady afflicted by her insecurities and her inability to lead an ordinary life.

The film does not avoid showing the frustrating episodes that rocked Monroe's life, such as her several miscarriages and her admission to a psychological health institution. Yet, through all these, the motion picture continues to portray Marilyn's charismatic appeal that made her a beloved icon.

Efficiency and Critical Reception
Catherine Hicks brings an engaging intensity and vulnerability to the screen while representing Marilyn. The supporting cast also achieved considerable praise for their efficient performances.

The movie was popular by critics and viewers who appreciated its depth of storytelling and characterization. Hicks' efficiency was seriously lauded, and she consequently won an Emmy award for it.

However, some critics felt the film was too long and might have been made tighter by omitting a few of the less required scenes. Yet, the film's total story was applauded for its effort to accurately illustrate the life story of one of Hollywood's most memorable stars.

To summarize, "Marilyn: The Untold Story" is a poignant retelling of the troubled life of Marilyn Monroe, beautifully captured through the heart-wrenching performance of Catherine Hicks. It information Monroe's increase to the zenith of fame, spoiled by individual battles, insecurities, and her terrible end. This film provides a perceptive take on Monroe's life, brightening the battles she faced behind her attractive public personality. It works as a compelling, albeit terrible, tribute to Monroe's life and tradition.

Top Cast

  • Catherine Hicks (small)
    Catherine Hicks
    Marilyn Monroe
  • Richard Basehart (small)
    Richard Basehart
    Johnny Hyde
  • Frank Converse (small)
    Frank Converse
    Joe DiMaggio
  • John Ireland (small)
    John Ireland
    John Huston
  • Viveca Lindfors (small)
    Viveca Lindfors
    Natasha Lytess
  • Jason Miller (small)
    Jason Miller
    Arthur Miller
  • Sheree North (small)
    Sheree North
    Gladys Baker
  • Kevin Geer (small)
    Kevin Geer
    Jim Dougherty
  • Tracey Gold (small)
    Tracey Gold
    Young Norma Jean
  • Priscilla Morrill
    Louella Parsons
  • John Christy Ewing