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Marilyn Monroe is without doubt one of the most beloved, iconic, and mythologized stars of the twenty first century. From getting her begin in All About Eve to stealing the present in Gentleman Want Blondes to having a somber, but mystifying swan music in The Misfits, Marilyn lives on in our collective consciousness with indelible sparkle.

Due to our cultural obsession with the star, quite a few TV exhibits, films, made-for-tv films, and extra have been created in her honor. Right here we breakdown a few of the numerous actresses who’ve portrayed the icon, from Susan Griffiths to Michelle Williams to now Ana de Armas, and extra.

Tracey Gold, Catherine Hicks

Tracey Gold was identified for her function on the favored Nineteen Eighties sitcom Rising Pains, however earlier than she made her mark there, she performed a younger Norma Jean within the TV film Marilyn: The Untold Story. She was accompanied by actress Catherine Hicks who performed the grown up Marilyn for the 1980 biopic.


Madonna in ‘Materials Lady’ (Courtesy of Vevo).

Marilyn’s totally iconic “Diamonds Are a Lady’s Finest Buddy” quantity within the 1953 musical movie Gents Want Blondes was completely impersonated by Madonna‘s 1984 music video for “Materials Lady.” The video took all its cues from the unique routine, with Madonna decked out in the identical pink robe and matching pink gloves, working via a equally choreographed dance with males in tailor-made fits tending to the queen of pop. Though Madonna was solely giving an homage to the well-known actress, she did an epic job whereas doing so!

Paula Lane 

Paula Lane starred within the 1989 flick Goodnight, Candy Marilyn, which was a follow-up movie to 1976’s Goodnight, Norma Jean. The film was directed by Larry Buchanan and in addition starred Misty Rowe, who portrayed before-she-was-famous Norma Jean within the 1976 film.

Susan Griffiths

Actress Susan Griffiths starred within the 1991 TV film Marilyn & Me, however her portrayal of the well-known icon went far past that one venture. Per the Each day Mail, Susan remodeled $4 million from the quite a few events the place she impersonated Marilyn, additionally performing in Quantum Leap (1994), Timecop (1994), Pulp Fiction (1997), Darkish Skies (1997), and extra.

“Folks at all times instructed me I appeared like Marilyn,” Susan instructed the Los Angeles Occasions in an early ’90s interview. “At first it took lots of observe to get Marilyn’s mannerisms proper, particularly her breathy voice, which was the toughest. I spent hours poring over her films and training. Now all the things is simply second nature.” Along with movies, the actress has additionally appeared as Marilyn in a number of advertisements, on journal covers, and extra.

Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd 

Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino (Hbo/Kobal/Shutterstock).

Princess of the ’90s Mira Sorvino portrayed Marilyn in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), a made-for-TV biographical movie. Based mostly on the 1989 ebook Norma Jean: My Secret Life With Marilyn Monroe, Mira was additionally joined by actress Ashley Judd who performed Marilyn’s youthful self, Norma Jean. The TV film was nominated for 5 Emmys, together with two for each lead actresses.

Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd (Hbo/Kobal/Shutterstock).

Barbara Niven 

Barbara Niven
Barbara Niven ( Hbo/Unique Movie/Kobal/Shutterstock).

Barbara Niven performed the display goddess in 1998’s Rat Pack, an HBO made-for-tv film. Barbara portrayed Marilyn inside the “Rat Pack” scene of the ’50s and ’60s, joined by Ray Liotta as Frank SinatraJoe Mantegna as Dean MartinDon Cheadle as Sammy David Jr., and Angus Macfayden as Peter Lawford. Sinatra introduces Marilyn to John F. Kennedy within the film — a mystified and storied match in historical past — and the story exhibits the actress seeing the politician behind the again of her then-husband, baseball star Joe DiMaggio.

Uma Thurman, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty 

Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman (Dreamworks Television/Storyline Leisure/Ums/Kobal/Shutterstock).

Three actresses, Uma ThurmanKatharine McPhee, and Megan Hilty, every took their flip because the legendary star in 2012’s TV sequence Smash. The present, which lasted for 2 seasons, was in regards to the staging of the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical known as Bombshell.

Katherine McPhee
Katherine McPhee (Dreamworks Television/Storyline Leisure/Ums/Kobal/Shutterstock).

Michelle Williams 

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams (Bbc Movies/Kobal/Shutterstock).

Michelle Williams mastered the breathy, ethereal Marilyn within the 2011 movie My Week With Marilyn which instructed the story of a really particular week in time when Marilyn was making the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl. The story additionally featured Eddie Redmayne because the naïve however formidable Colin Clarke, who labored as a manufacturing assistant on the Laurence Olivier-produced image. Clarke was tasked to help Marilyn on the London manufacturing whereas her husband on the time, playwright Arthur Miller, was again within the states. The 2 inevitably shared an intimate relationship.

Each Michelle and Kenneth Branagh (who performed Olivier) acquired Academy Awards nominations for his or her roles and the movie was critically acclaimed, additionally grossing $35 million worldwide.

Ana de Armas 

Ana de Armas
Ana de Armas (MGM/Eon/Danjaq/UPI/Kobal/Shutterstock_).

Ana de Armas is the newest actress set to tackle the function of Marilyn within the adaptation of creator Joyce Carol Oats‘ 2000 historic novel Blonde, which chronicles the imagined inside life of the epic star. Ana lately instructed the Sunday Occasions in regards to the “exhausting” work it took to step into the late actresses’ footwear for the function, working to excellent her signature breathy voice.

“I attempted!” the Knives Out actress instructed the outlet. “It solely took me 9 months of dialect teaching, and training, and a few ADR classes. It was a giant torture, so exhausting. My mind was fried.”


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