Hi everyone! We thought we’d take a break and have some fun. We’ve been hard at work on book three of the trilogy and both K.R. and I needed a breather. Something fun. Well, Marilyn is always fun, right?
We think you will all agree that Marilyn Monroe is always in the news. It seems to us that she is more popular today than she was in the early sixty’s! Her brand is everywhere and modern-day actresses eat up any chance to portray her. They even talk of ‘Marilyn as my muse’ to help them overcome stage jitters or to exude the ultimate ‘sexy.’ So, below, you will find six, though there are many more, well-known actresses who have portrayed Marilyn Monroe in recent history.
Charlotte Sullivan, The Kennedy’s, 2011
Charlotte performed alongside Katie Holmes in this $30 million drama mini-series, which delved into the background and hidden stories of America’s most legendary political family, the Kennedy’s. The show received a number of damning reviews. Could it be because they were too close to the mark? Perhaps.
Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, Smash, 2012-2013
Katherine and Megan played actresses who were vying for the role of Marilyn in a Broadway musical in the US TV show ‘Smash.’ Despite initial critical success, there was a rapid ratings decline that led to the show’s cancellation after just two series. For us, the show became more of a day time soap. Even the great music couldn’t hold our interest through the bad drama.
Michelle Williams My Week With Marilyn, 2011
Michelle earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn in the 2011 film. ‘My Week With Marilyn’ is about the making of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ from the perspective of Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) – a gopher on the ‘movie’ set and potential love interest of Marilyn’s. Michelle had this to say about playing the role of Marilyn: “It was the kind of part I was born to challenge myself with.”
Poppy Montgomery as Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde’ 2001
It seems to us, that most die-hard Marilyn fans dislike this movie because it doesn’t tell her true story. The author also bends some facts and dates to better fit her story. While that’s true, you have to remember that this is based on Joyce Carol Oates
novel, “Blonde”, which is a fictional account of Marilyn Monroe’s life. The novel and the movie are both intended as works of fiction and shouldn’t be read as a biography of her life and work. However, Poppy does a good job and the story is entertaining. Poppy also shared in an interview that when she told her mother that she got the part of Marilyn Monroe, she said her mother didn’t even bat an eyelash. Poppy quotes her mother as saying ‘Well, you’ve been rehearsing for it your whole life.’
Susan Griffiths – Various
Susan played Marilyn Monroe (or a look-alike) in several series and films including Quantum Leap, Dark Skies, Timecop, Pulp Fiction, Marilyn & Me, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Nip/Tuck. All dressed up as Marilyn, she even made the cover of ‘GQ Magazine’ with Jimmy Kimmel. Recently, Susan, aka Marilyn, was featured during Elton John’s live concert “RED PIANO” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas while he serenades the crowd with his #1 hit song ‘Candle in the Wind.’ ‘A & E’ did a spot on the ’15 Sexiest People’ and Marilyn Monroe was voted #1. They chose Susan to do the interview. Crazy right? She also does ‘Legends In Concert’ in Las Vegas with other Rat Pack impersonators. Notably, Susan is the most famous Marilyn Monroe impersonator in the world and takes top billing in our list of six of the all time great Marilyn Monroe impersonators of the day.
Thanks for joining us and we hope you’ve enjoyed the Marilyn’s of our day.
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