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Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)





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The title of this made-for-TV biopic is faintly risible: is there anything about Marilyn Monroe that we don't know by now? Pleasingly enough, the story is told in a straightforward, nonexploitive manner (the affair with JFK warrants no more than a throwaway line). Emmy-nominated Catherine Hicks plays Marilyn, nee Norma Jean Baker. We follow her progress from orphanages and foster homes to her first 20th Century-Fox contract at age 20. Considered "washed up" before her career has gotten off the ground, Marilyn is rescued both professionally and emotionally by her agent/lover Johnny Hyde (Richard Basehart). She rises to full stardom and is the center of attention of two "ideal" marriages, first to baseball player Joe DiMaggio, then to Arthur Miller (neither of whom are depicted on screen). But Marilyn remains a lonely, tragic figure, a victim as much of her own demons as of Hollywood's exploitation mill. Based loosely on Norman Mailer's highly suspect biography of the actress, Marilyn: The Untold Story premiered on September 28, 1980. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Catherine Hicks
as Marilyn Monroe
Jason Miller
as Arthur Miller
Frank Converse
as Joe DiMaggio
Richard Basehart
as Johnny Hyde
Viveca Lindfors
as Natasha Lytess
Howard Caine
as Billy Wilder
Sheree North
as Gladys Baker
Tracey Gold
as Young Norma Jean
John Ireland
as John Huston
Priscilla Morrill
as Louella Parsons
Larry Pennell
as Clark Gable
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None of this would matter -- or work on the screen -- without the performance of Catherine Hicks as Monroe. She is almost as good as the real thing.

December 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Thanks to Dalene Young's intelligent screenplay, Lawrence Schiller's lavish and nonexploitative production and... Catherine Hicks' breathtaking (and breathless) portrait of the actress, it provides a clear view of her dichotomous personality and charisma.

March 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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