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    ‘Blonde’ Netflix: The true story behind the new Marilyn Monroe movie starring Ana de Armas



    Separating fact from fiction is tricky in the new drama about the life of Marilyn Monroe, Blonde.

    The Netflix film, starring Ana de Armas, doesn’t have the familiar format of an investigative Hollywood biopic. Instead, it is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ best-selling 2000 novel of the same name, itself a highly fictional work that emphasizes the ways in which Marilyn was victimized throughout her life.

    In the same way, the film controversially describes some of the most traumatic moments in the life of the Hollywood actress, from his childhood in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s to his death at age 36. But like any fiction of a real person’s life, he raises the very questions he tries to answer.

    Below you will find the comparison with real life of some of the most shocking events of Blonde.

    Was Marilyn Monroe abused as a child?

    Blonde describes Marilyn’s childhood as deeply unstable. Her sick mother, Gladys, drives them both into a state of madness in Los Angeles; in one scene, she attempts to drown young Marilyn in her bathtub. Finally, in the film, Gladys (played by Julianne Nicholson) is hospitalized for mental illness and Marilyn is sent to an orphanage.

    The general aspects of this account are true, but the details are unsubstantiated. Monroe spent time in boarding schools and other types of foster care when she was a child. Her mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and first hospitalized in 1934 when Monroe was about 10 years old. Gladys spent long periods of her life intermittently hospitalized.

    Did Marilyn Monroe know who her father was?

    In the film, Marilyn’s father is mainly portrayed as an apparition and his identity is never made clear. Her mother tells her that he works in show business, but given Gladys’s state of mind, it’s never clear if she’s lying to her daughter, and perhaps to herself, or if she’s telling him the truth. TRUE.

    In 2022, DNA tests confirmed that Monroe’s father was Charles Stanley Gifford, a co-worker of her mother’s at a Los Angeles film lab. according to the documentarians behind Marilyn, Her Final Secret.

    According to the complete biography of Sarah Churchwell from 2004it is unknown if Monroe knew that Gifford was her father when she was alive or even suspected.

    Joe DiMaggio’s character punches Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. Did this happen in real life?

    Bobby Cannavale and Ana de Armas

    (Netflix)

    The world will never know. There are several accounts from witnesses who heard screams and they even saw DiMaggio “slap” Marilyn, but have never been verified. And neither Monroe nor DiMaggio discussed it publicly.

    In the film, DiMaggio is never mentioned by name, but by his highly identifiable attributes: he is a famous baseball player with Italian descent. Bobby Cannavale is the actor who plays the character in the film.

    In real life, in 2020, Christie’s auction house auctioned off a letter that Monroe had written to her then-husband during their marriage and that he kept in his wallet. The emotional note it’s one of the few first-person insights we have into their famous romance.

    He says: “Dear Joe, I know I was wrong! I acted that way and said those things because I felt bad, not because I meant them, and it was stupid of me to feel bad because there really wasn’t enough of a reason, in fact, no reason at all. Please, she accepts my apologies and no, no, no, don’t be mad at your baby, she loves you. With love, your wife (for life) Mrs. JP DiMaggio.”

    (Netflix)

    In Blonde, Marilyn Monroe is raped on a casting couch. It is a true story?

    This scene, along with a rape scene involving an unnamed US president forcing Marilyn to perform oral sex on him, does not appear to have any basis in fact. Rather, the scenes dramatize Marilyn’s relative helplessness before the men around her in real life, including studio executives and her most famous rumored lover, John F. Kennedy.

    In real life, Monroe does. spoke of alleged sexual abuse in childhood.

    Did Marilyn Monroe have a miscarriage?

    In real life, Monroe’s miscarriages during her marriage to writer Arthur Miller were highly publicized at the timeand its biographers have continued to refer to them, even in Marilyn by Gloria Steinenpublished in 1988.

    Julianne Nicholson in ‘Blonde’

    (Netflix)

    Did Marilyn Monroe have an abortion?

    Yes, according to several biographers, although the details of Blonde they are invented.

    How he died Marilyn Monroe?

    In BlondeMarilyn Monroe dies alone at home from a barbiturate overdose, which is largely accepted as what really happened.

    In real life, in the weeks after his death in 1962, the Los Angeles coroner ruled his death a suicide.

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