Marilyn: Behind the Icon

Marilyn: Behind the Icon

Marilyn: Behind the Icon is a dramatic multi-season podcast series blending a uniquely scripted episodic story with commentary on the remarkable life of Marilyn Monroe. It’s up close, raw and real; telling her story through extensively researched historical events, including Marilyn Monroe’s own perspective in her own words. We explore her inner journey and human side as no other podcast, film or TV show has ever done before. The series portrays her personal struggles with mental illness and addiction in addition to her amazing resiliency in achieving her dreams as one the greatest movie actresses and icons in motion picture history. We begin our story with her life as a young girl named Norma Jeane—a girl desperate for a stable family and home life — a girl seeking to find her place—a girl nobody wanted—who grew up in the care of foster families and caretakers. As a young teen searching for her identity, she became determined to make something of herself and created a life born out of her dreams, imagination, and talent. Marilyn became a top cover girl model, a young starlet, a celebrated actress, an accomplished singer and dancer, a wife, aspiring mother, a producer, and ultimately, a legend—an enduring ICON. We’ll highlight the tragedy and pain yet celebrate the triumphs of the life, legend, and the global phenomenon known as MARILYN.

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August 12, 2022 33 min

Marilyn's last hours, Gary Vitacco-Robles reveals newly uncovered details from his new book.

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Exposing Marilyn's doctors mishandling of her care, revealing other police death reports.

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Connecting the dots of the events of August 4, 1962, revealing proof of RFK’s whereabouts.

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Debunking six decades of rumors, conspiracy theories, and lies about August 4, 1962.

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Busting the claims that Marilyn and Robert Kennedy were more than just friends.

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Marilyn's meetings with the Kennedys are examined, and an exclusive interview with a CIA official who served during the JFK era.

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An actor’s ridiculous assertions of an affair with Marilyn are exploded by the panel.



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Slatzer’s second book, his attempt to reopen Marilyn’s case, and a note on Jeanne Carmen.

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A journalist concocts a romantic relationship with Marilyn taking the rumor mill to strange new heights.

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Norman Mailer’s biography of Marilyn adds fuel to the distortion of the facts around the star’s death.

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Frank Capell's book plays an important role in the foundational rumor mill that relates to the Kennedys being responsible for Marilyn's death.

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The panel introduces the first of the key players who began the rumor mill that has plagued the Marilyn legacy for six decades.

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The panel talks about how there are many Marilyn Monroe photographs that are photoshopped or cropped and sensationalized in the media.

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The panel looks into the connection of Marilyn and columnist Dorothy Kilgallen alleged in the book "Collateral Damage".

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May 27, 2022 65 min

The co-producers go behind the scenes regarding the famous “Happy Birthday Mr. President” 1962 performance by Marilyn, how it was well planned and rehearsed, and the facts and professionals behind its staging. Gary clears up the rumors surrounding Marilyn’s business relationship with Fox Studio head Darryl Zanuck, the true story of Marilyn’s friendship with Ella Fitzgerald and how she supported the singer’s career advancement. Also...

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February 21, 2022 44 min

While preparing to perform at President Kennedy’s Birthday Salute in 1962, Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald reflect upon their friendship and efforts towards advancing the civil rights movement, hoping to influence the Kennedy brothers’ policies. The episode also highlights the very private party following the gala honoring JFK’s birthday, where Marilyn was famously photographed with the Kennedys. Also featured is one of Marilyn’...

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August 3, 2021 29 min

The co-producers discuss the complex web of outlandish rumors, theories, and complete lies about Marilyn’s end. Gary, Nina, and Randall cover Marilyn’s mental health issues affecting her in 1962. An overview of Season 2 of the series, Gary’s forthcoming book on her death, the JFK birthday gala in 1962, and the story of Marilyn’s relationship with Ella Fitzgerald in a future episode are all discussed.

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January 11, 2021 51 min

In this episode, the series producers give you a glimpse into the last 24 hours of Marilyn’s life, which over the years, has been one of the most controversial days ever portrayed. This episode highlights some of the day’s events: Marilyn collecting prescriptions at the San Vicente Pharmacy, discussing her career challenges with publicist Patricia Newcomb, and receiving a phone call from the actor, Peter Lawford. The producers brea...

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August 1, 2020 24 min

The co-producers discuss the legend of Marilyn’s white piano as a metaphor for her childhood. Discussed is the identity of her abuser, the woman who failed to protect her, and the impact of sexual abuse and childhood trauma on her life. Gary, Nina, and Randall also cover how Marilyn learns to protect herself in the male-powered entertainment industry and her meeting with studio mogul Harry Cohn at Columbia in 1948 when she attempts...

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August 1, 2020 38 min

Marilyn attends an auction with acting coach Natasha Lytess and reclaims a white piano from her childhood. She re-experiences the period she lived with her mother, childhood sexual abuse traumas, and her mother’s psychotic episode which leaves Gladys institutionalized. The aftermath fragments little Norma Jeane’s daily life as Grace struggles to find a place for her with stable living conditions. A teenage Marilyn is signed to the ...

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