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Netflix’s Blonde Movie Accuracy; Is Marilyn Monroe Movie ‘Blonde’ Based On A True Story?

In contrast to Spencer, Pablo Larran’s ode to another legendary blond, Princess Diana, Netflix‘s biopic Blonde is more of a speculative journey into the mind of the late Hollywood great. The writing approach is associative rather than linear and makes extensive use of fantasy, visions, and fairy tale analogies, noting that the novel is both an investigation of our mythic projections and an examination of the real Lady.

Both movies portray their heroines as guileless Red Riding Hoods who brave a forest full of wolves while being constantly misjudged and limited by archaic traditions. Since their untimely deaths, conspiracy theories and economic exploitation have obscured the historical reality of both of their stories (both of which inspired a hit tribute single from Elton John).

Is Blonde Based On Joyce Carol Oates’s Novel?

“Blonde” is fundamentally a fictional piece of art. Blonde: A Novel, written by Joyce Carol Oates, was published in 2000. Oates makes it very clear that while the subject matter is genuine, her book is a work of fiction.

Blonde is described as “a dazzling fictional depiction of the intricate inner life of the idolized and sought-after movie actress as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint it” by Amazon.com. It “re-imagines one of America’s most lasting idols.”

So, a novel served as the inspiration for the screenplay.

Was She A Part Of Throuple With Charlie “Cass” Chaplin And Eddy Robinson, Jr.?

 

 Early on in the film Blonde, audiences witness Marilyn’s encounter with Charlie “Cass” Chaplin Jr. and Eddy G. Robinson Jr. Throughout the film, the three have a passionate threesome and eventually form a throuple. Even the fact that Marilyn got pregnant because of their romantic adventures is shown in the movie.

However, there is no proof that she ever played in a trio with Cass or Eddy.

In reality, Charlie Chaplin, Jr. did date Marilyn; he wrote about their brief relationship in his book, My Father, Charlie Chaplin. According to RadioTimes, Marilyn and Eddy may have had a brief love relationship while they were filming Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but their relationships were unrelated.

Has Marilyn Ever had An Abortion?

The sequences in the film that show Marilyn’s repeated pregnancies are numerous and somewhat emotional. For instance, in one scene, Marilyn is having an abortion, and the physicians and camera practically “enter” her vagina. Then, after showing Marilyn having an abortion, Marilyn gets pregnant again and can talk to her unborn child through telepathy.

Will you promise not to harm me this time? According to The New York Times, Marilyn says, “You’re not the same baby,” to the fetus’s question. “That was me,” the foetus then declares. I’m always the one.

But there is no evidence that Marilyn ever had an abortion, even though authors and historians love to make wild guesses about it.

 Has Marilyn Had Any Miscarriages?

Yes. This is accurate. According to the 2022 Netflix documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, citing Yahoo, Marilyn was reported to have fallen pregnant three times while she was married to playwright Arthur Miller (from 1956 to 1961). She experienced two miscarriages as well as an ectopic pregnancy.

According to reports, these pregnancies took place in 1956, 1957, and 1958. When Marilyn passed away at age 36 from a heroin overdose, she had no children.

 Monroe’s Mom: Was She Mentally Ill?

Gladys Baker, Marilyn’s mother, is depicted in the movie as physically and emotionally abusing her young daughter. It’s not clear, though, whether this truly occurred.

However, it is true that Gladys experienced schizophrenia and mental illness, according to Slate. According to the biography, she only occasionally showed up in Marilyn’s life when she was a child. Due to her illnesses, Gladys also spent time in mental institutions, hospitals, and care facilities, according to her Biography.

Was Joe Dimaggio Actually Violent?

In several particularly difficult scenes, Blonde depicts Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn’s second husband, physically abusing her. Sadly, there is some evidence that points to this being at least partially true.

Monroe stated in her autobiography, My Story, that she and her former spouse, DiMaggio, “knew it wouldn’t be an easy marriage.” Later, Marilyn claimed that the famous scene in The Seven Year Itch where her skirt runs up was the breaking point. Additionally, according to Time, Joe’s son claims that his father physically abused Marilyn, but Marilyn hasn’t spoken out about it.

The New York Post quotes Joe’s son about a particular episode that he recalls. He explained, “I was sleeping downstairs when my father and Marilyn started yelling at me. After a little while, I heard my father chasing Marilyn as she ran out the front door and down the stairs. She was sort of half-dragged back to the house by him after he caught up to her and grabbed her by the hair. She attempted to fight him off but was unsuccessful.

Did She Actually Have A Relationship With JFK?

However, one of Marilyn’s biographers, James Spada, earlier stated to People that “it was very evident that Marilyn had had sexual encounters” with both John F. Kennedy and his brother, Bobby Kennedy. It’s hard to prove for sure that the president of the United States and the actress had an affair.

Did She Ever Meet Her Father, And Did She Genuinely Have This Obsession With Him?

In fact, for a very long time, the public remained unaware of the real identity of Marilyn’s father, who had no involvement in her life. DNA testing in 2022 made this evident. The movie has Marilyn calling her husband “Daddy” and becoming obsessed with his father. Both claims seem to have some truth to them, but the movie seems to have blown each one out of proportion.