Because Marilyn Monroe is so enamored, so analyzed since her death in 1962, at the young age of 36, there have been countless projects about her life, many of which are dramatizations that require an actress – or two – to try the iconic star. je ne sais quoi. The many Marilyns all have some things in common: There’s the voluminous blond hair of the screen siren – a shortcut to yelling, “THIS IS HER!” – her slender but round figure and her husky voice.
Ana de Armas becomes the latest to play Marilyn when Netflix’s adaptation of blondJoyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name, on September 28. The book, which was made into a two-part TV movie, starring Poppy Montgomery and a pre-Grey’s Anatomy Patrick Dempsey, in 2001, is a fictionalized version of Marilyn’s life.
De Armas’ performance in the newer version has already been criticized, with some calling her out for her accent. However, she gained great support on August 1, when the Marilyn Monroe Estate released a statement praising her for capturing Marilyn’s “glamor, humanity and vulnerability” in the film’s trailer, adding, “We can’t wait. to the film in its entirety!”
As it debuts, Yahoo Entertainment is breaking down some of its previous film and TV projects that focused on Marilyn Monroe’s life — and who played the actress:
Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976) and Good night dear Marilyn (1989)
stars: Earlier hey haw cast member Misty Rowe appeared as a pre-Hollywood Norma Jean Baker in both films (the latter through flashbacks), while Paula Lane, who appeared on The Mike Douglas Show as a Monroe lookalike in 1980, portrayed her more glamorous counterpart.
Based on: Scripts by director Larry Buchanan (1969 TV movie) It’s alive!) and, in the case of Goodbye, Norma Jeanco-written by Lynn Shubert, turned writer, explores Monroe’s sexual encounters and eventually speculates that a friend killed her out of mercy.
Answer: A leftover review from TV Guide calls the former a “raunchy film bio” that is “sensationalistic and slimy.”
Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)
stars: Future 7th heaven mother Catherine Hicks as Marilyn, and future growing pains star Tracey Gold as the pint-sized hair.
Based on: Norman Mailer’s 1973 Book Marilyn: a biography.
Answer: The TV movie was nominated for four Emmys, including one for Hicks as the lead actress in a limited series or special. To write for TV GuideJudith Crist praised Hicks’ “breathtaking (and breathless) portrait of the actress.”
Marilyn and me (1991)
stars: Monroe Impersonator Susan Griffiths, who appeared in Pulp Fiction and other productions.
Based on: Robert Slatzer’s claims that he secretly married the fencing star in Mexico in 1952, which he detailed in two books, The Life and Curious Death of Marilyn Monroe (1974) and The Marilyn Files (1992).
Answer: Hairstylist Linle White was nominated for an Emmy.
Norma Jean and Marilyn (1996)
stars: Mira Sorvino as Marilyn, Ashley Judd as the inner Marilyn (Norma Jean).
Based on: Anthony Summers’ 1985 book, Goddess: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroea biography based on more than 600 interviews.
Answer: Both stars were awarded Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
stars: Poppy Montgomery as Marilyn.
Based on: Oates’ book, same source material for the new one Blond.
Answer: While Montgomery didn’t win major awards, she notably won a number of critics, such as a bee Varietywith her ‘impressive performance’.
My week with Marilyn (2011)
stars: Michelle Williams as Marilyn.
Based on: Colin Clark’s books The prince, the showgirl and me (1995) and My week with Marilyn (2000), based on his account of his time working on the set of Monroe’s 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirlwho played alongside Laurence Olivier.
Answer: The film had an estimated revenue of $35 million on a reported budget of $10 million. Williams was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe, while Kenneth Branagh received a nod for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Olivier.
stars: On Show-in-a-show, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty and Uma Thurman all play Marilyn at different times.
Based on: This one is different, because the NBC show was actually about actresses Karen (McPhee) and Ivy (Hilty) competing to play Monroe in a Broadway production about her life. At one point, an accomplished actress, Rebecca (Thurman), also enters Marilyn.
Answer: Thurman was nominated for an Emmy for her guest appearance and the show was recognized for its music and choreography. It was nominated for the Best TV Comedy or Musical Award at the 2013 Golden Globes.
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2015)
stars: Kelli Garner (Lars and the real girl, Pan Am) as Marilyn. Notably, Susan Sarandon and her daughter Eva Amurri play the older and younger versions of Marilyn’s mother, Gladys.
Based on: Lifetime’s two-part TV miniseries focused on Marilyn’s relationship with her family and how she tried to hide that part of her life from the public, and it’s taken from J. Randy Taraborrelli’s 2009 biography of the same name.
Answer: Reviews of Garner’s performance skewed from meh to wow, but the miniseries got three non-acting Emmy nods.
stars: Ana de Armas.
Based on: Joyce Carol Oates’s 2000 biographical fiction novel.
Answer: To be determined.