Of all Hollywood’s stars, no one mixed glamor and tragedy like Marilyn Monroe. Through performed readings of her personal papers, this film explores the inner life of this timeless American icon.
Marilyn Monroe invented her public persona at the expense of concealing a private side known only to her close confidants. Fifty years after her death, her creation still blazes brightly in our cultural imagination, while the creator continues to lurk in the shadows. Drawing on never-before-seen personal papers, diaries and letters, Academy award® nominated director Liz Garbus worked with acclaimed actresses (Uma Thurman, Ellen Burstyn, Evan Rachel Wood...) to evoke the multiple aspects of the real Marilyn – passion, ambition, soul-searching, power and fear – in an absorbing and astonishing portrait. These documents, brought to life in this film by some of our contemporary icons and stars, give us a new and revelatory understanding of Monroe, revealing her carefully guarded inner life.