Documentaries, books and films about Marilyn Monroe

On June 1st Marilyn Monroe celebrating her 96th birthday; with her red lips and platinum blonde curls, a glamorous actress and sex symbol who defined an era. To this day, Marilyn continues to inspire many and every year countless books, films and series are made about this iconic woman, MASTERS lists them. Text: Fleur de Jong

Documentary | The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes

The premise of this documentary is to shed light on the mysterious circumstances under which Monroe died in 1962 at the age of thirty-six. Died of an overdose of sleeping pills, at least that is the official explanation. But Marilyn was found in her bed, with a phone in her hand and a jar of sleeping pills on her bedside table; it almost seemed staged. Director Emma Cooper works with Irish journalist Anthony Summers, who began researching his book about Monroe in 1982 and says he has interviewed thousands of people about the actress's life and death. In the documentary, recordings of Summers' research can be heard for the first time. 

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes can be viewed on Netflix.

Book | Marilyn and Me 

This book shares the intimate story of legend Marilyn Monroe and a young photographer starting his career. "You're already famous, now you're going to make me famous," said photographer Lawrence Schiller to Marilyn in 1962. Schiller's photos and lively stories manage to take you back to that time with humor and compassion at the same time. With more than 100 photos, including rare ones outputs from the set of Marilyn's final film, the result is an unexpected portrait that captures the star in her final months. Photo: TASCHENPhoto: TASCHEN

Movie | My Week with Marilyn

In my Week with Marilyn Marilyn visits England for the first time in the summer of 1956 for the recording of The Prince and the Showgirl, in which she shared the silver screen with British actor Sir Laurence Olivier. Colin Clark had a job as a production assistant on the set of the film. Marilyn is on her honeymoon at the same time as her new husband Arthur Miller, but when he leaves for Paris, Colin seizes the opportunity to give Marilyn a week's rest from her fans and work pressure and introduces her to the idyllic British countryside...

Book | Marilyn Monroe 

This brand new book is actually two books in one. TASCHEN has combined writer Norman Mailer's original biography and Bert Stern's photographs. Stern's photos are from the Last Sitting shoot; a 12-hour photo shoot that produced a series of 2571 intimate portraits. The portraits show the ultra-glamorous Marilyn in scarves, pink silk, veils and an iconic black velvet dress from Christian Dior. The Last Sitting would be the last glimpse into Marilyn's life before her death six weeks later. Photo: TASCHEN

Movie | Blonde

To get an even better look into Marilyn's life, the Netflix film is available Blonde in the offing. After a very traumatic childhood, Norma Jeane Mortenson grows into a movie star and sex symbol in 1950s Hollywood. She became world famous under the pseudonym Marilyn Monroe. But the beauty on the silver screen is in stark contrast to the major love problems, exploitation, abuse of power and sleeping pill addiction that she faces in her private life. 

Last year there was a great surprise when the film did not premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Netflix found the biography, with Ana de Armas starring as Marilyn, overly sexualized. The film contained, among other things, a rape scene. There is no specific release date for the film on Netflix yet, most likely it will be autumn 2022 when we see the blonde shine on the silver screen again... See how Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress to the 2022 Met Gala.