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Legendary screen bombshell goddess Marilyn Monroe would have been 87 years old June 1st. There is no shortage of tributes to probably the most celebrated of all actresses in the world than the former Norma Jeane Mortenson. A half-century after her death, she still blazes brightly in the cultural imagination while its creator remains in the shadows.
The documentary Love, Marilyn draws on recently discovered personal papers, diaries and letters, brought to life by an all-star cast of F.Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Hope Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti, Jack Huston, Stephen Lang, Lindsay Lohan, Janet McTeer, Jeremy Piven, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.
Directed by Oscar® nominee Liz Garbus (HBO’s Bobby Fischer Against The World; The Farm: Angola), the film evoke multiple aspects of the real Marilyn – passionate, ambitious, soul-searching and vulnerable – when it debuts MONDAY, JUNE 17 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Love, Marilyn features remarkable footage, audiotapes and rarely-seen photographs, as well as a recently-discovered trove of Monroe’s own handwritten letters, diaries, notes, poems, journals and notebooks, which document her private life against the backdrop of her very public life and loves. Interviews and archival footage spotlighting Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio, Amy Greene, Molly Haskell, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer and Elia Kazan, among others, complete the picture of this icon in thrall to ambition and struggling with demons, who came to embrace life, friendship and hope. Through these writings, the film highlights crucial events and relationships that shaped her tumultuous life, including: her impoverished California childhood as Norma Jeane Mortenson, marked by stints in orphanages and foster homes; her discovery in Hollywood after a brief modeling career; her early dedication to fitness and intellectual self-improvement; the evolution of the Monroe persona; and her ascension to stardom in the 1950s via films such as Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.
The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and received a Gala Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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