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 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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In the season ending finale, 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 pr...

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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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Co-producers Nina, Randall and Gary explore Marilyn’s friendship with Sidney Skolsky and relationships with older partners influenced by abandonment and rejection by her father. Gary describes Marilyn’s lack of protection in childhood and fragmentation resulting in her craving a father figure, as well as the impact of her father’s rejection on her psyche, making her vulnerable to targeting by unhealthy males. Randall highlights act...

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May 8, 2020 12 min

Producer, Nina Boski interviews series narrator, Brad Hyland. As an award-winning voice actor, Brad has been voicing projects for over 20 years and he is perfect for the sound of this podcast. His bold but friendly and connective style can be heard in museum and visitor center film narrations, as well as many current corporate and commercial projects all around the globe. He has voiced commercials for Pepsi Max, Amtrak, Abercrombie...

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May 8, 2020 10 min

Producer, Nina Boski interviews actress Erin Gavin who plays Marilyn Monroe. Erin was a child actress and then expanded into roles on the television series EastEndersStill Game, and Footballers’ Wives, in addition to a role in the horror film Dread before moving from the UK to California. Since that time, she has had roles in films and television series including Junk1000 Ways To DieMaking Thirty, and The Love Addict. In 2014...

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May 6, 2020 35 min

Marilyn drives to Palm Springs to meet her father with a friend in early 1951. She recalls her early years living with her Mother and her childhood experiences escaping her lonely life at the local movie theater. Norma Jeane attends a movie premiere in 1933 at the Chinese Theater with Gladys and Grace. She begins to build an imaginary world to escape her harsh reality through the fantasy of the movies of the early 1930s. Flash forw...

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Co-producers Nina, Randall, and Gary discuss the circumstances surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s birth, the sources they used to reconstruct the early attachment challenges between the child and her mother, in addition to the symptoms of mental illness experienced by her mother and grandmother. Gary outlines Monroe’s multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences and their impact on the star’s life.

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Norma Jeane is born in Los Angeles. Gladys’s best friend Grace comes to visit her after the baby’s birth and talks about the child’s future. Infant Norma Jeane is placed in foster care with the Bolenders, a couple who have rigid religious beliefs. She begins her life experiencing childhood trauma and abuse. Della, Norma Jeane’s grandmother, has a psychotic episode at the Bolenders. Norma Jeane adopts her first pet, a stray dog that...

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Co-Producers Nina, Randall, and Gary analyze Monroe’s remarks about her childhood as “grim” and her efforts to ground and rebuild her life with DiMaggio in a new home in Brentwood as a corrective experience for her unstable childhood. Gary describes the Bolender household as rigid and punitive. Randall reviews the relationship between Monroe’s mother Gladys, and her best friend, Grace McKee and the episode’s re-creation of their pe...

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Marilyn purchases a Spanish hacienda style home in Brentwood, California in early 1962, and reflects upon her childhood. Her memories take us back in time to the 1920s as we learn the story of her mother Gladys in the years shortly before Marilyn was born. The episode introduces Gladys and new found friend Grace McKee’s relationship when they worked together as film cutters at Consolidated Film Industries in the early years of the ...

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The series producers, Nina, Randall, and Gary investigate Monroe’s negative childhood memories and explain their use of creative license to dramatize factual events in her life. They discuss the episode’s depiction of Monroe’s psychotherapy sessions with Dr. Ralph Greenson as a window into viewing her family history of mental illness and other serious personal challenges. Gary responds to questions about the limits of Monroe’s trea...

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The episode opens with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn on the set of Some Like it Hot discussing the production shoot. Marilyn reveals an early childhood memory that still haunts her. In 1960, Marilyn engages in psychotherapy with Dr. Ralph Greenson as a result of her personal crisis after the production of Let’s Make Love. She explores her extensive maternal family history of mental illness as Greenson begins to connect the patterns in he...

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The series producers, Nina, Randall, and Gary provide insight into the Monroe-DiMaggio relationship at the end of Marilyn’s life. Gary discusses the Tampa Bay, Florida community’s reaction to the couple’s famous visit in 1961 depicted in the episode from a historical perspective. Nina and Randall talk about working with actress Erin Gavin and the studying of Monroe’s real life vocal inflection, intonation, and speech patterns using...

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May 6, 2020 24 min

Marilyn shares her story of recovery with photographer George Barris during her final photo session at a Santa Monica beach. Marilyn heals from her agonizing experience after moving to a convalescent hospital in New York with Joe DiMaggio by her side in early 1961. She is released from care and greets the awaiting media onslaught outside the hospital with press agent Pat Newcomb. Marilyn renews her relationship with Joe DiMaggio as...

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The Marilyn: Behind the Icon producers Nina Boski, Randall Libero and Gary Vitacco-Robles talk about their perspective on developing this dramatic series from a historical and factual approach. Gary offers reasons why his commentary regarding Marilyn Monroe’s mental health perspective is important to tell Marilyn’s story accurately. They explore Marilyn’s goals to become an actress, wife, and mother, her personal challenges and cri...

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May 6, 2020 37 min

Following an extremely difficult year of two challenging film productions, her divorce from Arthur Miller, a suicide attempt and the death of Clark Gable, Marilyn is admitted to two psychiatric hospitals in 1961. It is a time of deep personal challenge for Marilyn when she is forced to confront her greatest fears. She fights for her own sanity amidst harrowing conditions at the facility. Her attempts to escape are stopped until an ...

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May 6, 2020 27 min

A panel of experts debunk rumors and theories about Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 death, cite the forensic evidence from the LA DA report summarizing the 1982 re-investigation, and correct lingering outlandish rumors. Check out more at behindtheicon.com

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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 s...

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