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Norma Jean & Marilyn
Directed by Tim Fywell
Produced by Guy Riedel
Written by Anthony Summers (book)
Jill Isaacs
Starring Ashley Judd
Mira Sorvino
Josh Charles
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography John Thomas
Editing by Glenn Farr
Distributed by Home Box Office
Release date(s) May 18, 1996
Running time 135 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Norma Jean & Marilyn is a 1996 made-for-TV biographical film produced by Home Box Office and premiered on May 18, 1996. The film featured Ashley Judd as Norma Jean Dougherty and Mira Sorvino as Marilyn Monroe. It was partially-based on "Norma Jean: My Secret Life With Marilyn Monroe" by actor Ted Jordan (played by Josh Charles), who claimed to have had a years-long relationship with Monroe.

The tagline for the highly-fictionalized film summarizes the plot: "Marilyn Monroe was our fantasy. Norma Jean was her reality." In dream-like scenes, Monroe and her former self appear together, with Norma Jean sometimes taunting Marilyn. The original music score was composed by Christopher Young.

It was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards, including for both lead actresses.

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Though the film was a commercial success it was panned by many as being inaccurate of the life of Marilyn Monroe. One of the main inaccuracies of the film is Marilyn's death. As well as the title of the film, as Marilyn's birth name was spelled Norma Jeane, not Norma Jean. Many also claim the film pictured Marilyn as being psychotic.

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