Marilyn Monroe has remained one of the biggest stars in the world since the fifties, even decades after her passing. Known for her bewildering charm, her iconic status as Hollywood’s biggest sex symbol and her intriguing personal life, Marilyn’s fame spans across generations.
Since her death in 1962, there have been endless documentaries, exhibitions and even movies based on her life – most recently Michelle William’s 2011 portrayal of the silver screen actress in My Week With Marilyn.
And now, BBC Studios has announced a brand new TV drama chronicling the events throughout her 36th year, when her psychological trauma and substance abuse began turned her life upside down.
Created by writer Dan Sefton and producer Simon Lupton, the series titled The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe will explore her changing relationships with Hollywood studio bosses – most notably the very public fall out with 20th Century Fox, who attempted to terminate her contract in the middle of shooting Something’s Gotta Give with Dean Martin.
It will also focus on Marilyn’s romantic life, both with Hollywood big shots and most anticipated of all, it is set to finally attempt to unpack some of the mystery surrounding her relationship with former US President John F Kennedy.
‘In the last few months of her life, Marilyn was sincerely loved, callously betrayed, cynically filled with hope and ultimately cruelly abandoned,’ said BBC Studios’ Executive Producer Anne Pivcevic. ‘Her death changed the lives of everyone in her orbit and cemented her status as a legend.’
According to BBC News, the show, which is inspired by Keith Badman’s 2010 book The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe, will explore ‘where the harsh glamour of 1960s Hollywood and the hard-edged politics of Washington intersect.’
They added: ‘Marilyn’s desire to be taken seriously as an actress and her battle with the powerful men who control the studio system is sadly as relevant today as it ever was.’
The BBC has yet to announce who will be cast for the all-important lead role or when the series will be aired, but we’ll certainly have our eyes peeled.