The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe Information

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe is a 2015 American made-for-TV drama film 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 May 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 has been nominated for 3 Creative Arts Emmy Awards


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


Main characters

  • Kelli Garner as Marilyn Monroe
  • Susan Sarandon as Gladys Monroe Mortenson, Marilyn's mother
  • Emily Watson as Grace McKee, Marilyn's foster mother, later called "aunt"
  • Jack Noseworthy as Alan DeShields, Marilyn's therapist
  • Giacomo Gianniotti as Jimmy Dougherty, Marilyn's first husband
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn's second husband
  • Stephen Bogaert as Arthur Miller, Marilyn's third husband
  • Matthew Bennett as Whitey, Marilyn's makeup artist
  • Embeth Davidtz as Natasha Lytess, Marilyn's acting coach
  • Peter MacNeill as Mr. Schenck, Chairman of Fox Studios
  • Tony Nardi as Johnny Hyde, Marilyn's agent
  • Barry Flatman as Mr. Zanuck, Studio Head of 20th Century Fox
  • Tamara Hickey as Patricia Kennedy Lawford

Supporting characters

  • Eva Amurri Martino as Young Gladys Monroe Mortenson
  • Gloria Gruber as Ida Bolender, Marilyn's caretaker as a child, also called "aunt"
  • Angela Vint as Pat Newcomb, Marilyn's publicist
  • 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)


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." 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." A positive review by Jordan Appugliesi of US Weekly states, "Surprise! It's Actually Good."

This webpage uses material from the Wikipedia article "The_Secret_Life_of_Marilyn_Monroe" and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. Reality TV World is not responsible for any errors or omissions the Wikipedia article may contain.



Page generated in 0.2912859916687 seconds