Norma Jean and Marilyn (1996)


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Originally made for cable television, this imaginative biopic chronicles the life of Marilyn Monroe (Mira Sorvino), including the years before she changed her name from Norma Jean Baker (Ashley Judd) and was transformed into the screen persona that made her a legendary sex symbol. The movie employs unconventional, dream-like storytelling techniques in which Marilyn and her former self, Norma Jean, frequently appear in scenes together, with Norma Jean often taunting Marilyn for not living up to … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Jill Isaacs, Jill Isaccs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 14, 2004
HBO Video



as Marilyn Monroe

as Norma Jean

as Eddie Jordan

as Johnny Hyde

as Joe DiMaggio

as Preacher

as Natasha Lytess

as Arthur Miller

as Child Norma Jean

as Darryl Zanuck

as Fred Karger

as Billy Wilder

as Lee Strasberg

as Mozelle Hyde

as Milton Krasner

as Commissary Photograp...

as Preacher

as Studio Physician

as David March

as Tom Kelly

as Tap Dancer

as Montgomery Clift

as Robert Kennedy

as Henry Weinstein

as Camera Assistant

as Whitey Snyder

as Young Norma Jean

as Shampoo Lady

as Ella Fitzgerald

as Nana Karger

as Hazel Washington

as Danny Greenton

as Reporter No. 1

as Studio Flack

as Grace Goddard

as Truck Driver

as Dr. Gurdin

as Sylvia March

as George Sanders

as Lefty O'Doul

as Sidney Skolsky

as Spiros Skouras

as Photo Assistant

as Unit Photographer

as `Misfits' A. D.

as Ben Lyon

as Dr. Marianne Kris

as Doc Goddard

as Jane Russell

as Sylvia Barnhart

as Gladys Baker

as Mr. Kimmel

as Junior Reporter

as Howard Hawks

as Producer

as Adrian Wallingford

as Natalie Kelly

as Earl Moran

as Peter Lawford

as Ted Lewis

as John F. Kennedy

as Emeline Snively

as Reporter No. 2

as Electrologist

as Mrs. Gifford
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Audience Reviews for Norma Jean and Marilyn

Didn't think much of this, but Ashley is lovely.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


The story was interesting and the acting was brilliant. Especially the decision to have two actresses play the role. I really need to see this again...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


HBO produced this portrayal of the creation of Marilyn Monroe. It contains T&A and shows us a much more psychologically broken (split personality) version of the icon. Of course the casting lends itself to this. Ashley Judd plays Norma Jean, though there are flashbacks to earlier events in her childhood with younger actresses too. Even when Norma Jean goes through the transformation to become Marilyn Monroe, played by Mira Sorvino, Judd as Norma Jean still appears to Marilyn to push her to success. We meet most of the men who were Norma Jean/Marilyn's lovers or husbands and this shows us the many phases that made up her life. This tv movie casts a wide net over the events that made Marilyn who she was, but through it all Judd is the strongest presence at its center.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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