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HBO Documentary Films Picks Up 'Love, Marilyn,' Featuring Array of Stars Reading Monroe's Letters & Diaries

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 14, 2012 at 5:57PM

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Liz Garbus' Telluride and TIFF entry "Love, Marilyn." Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the iconic star's death, Garbus' doc features contemporary actresses (Viola Davis, Glenn Close and Lindsay Lohan among them) reading entries from Monroe's never-before-seen diaries and letters.
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"Love, Marilyn"
"Love, Marilyn"

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Liz Garbus' Telluride and TIFF entry "Love, Marilyn." Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the iconic star's death, Garbus' doc features contemporary actresses (Viola Davis, Glenn Close and Lindsay Lohan among them) reading entries from Monroe's never-before-seen diaries and letters.

The film's interviews and archival footage also feature playwright and Monroe hubby number three Arthur Miller, baseball player Joe DiMaggio (and hubby number two), author Truman Capote, feminist film scholar Molly Haskell, director Elia Kazan and many more.

Documentarian Garbus has a long-standing history of working with HBO, including 2011's "Bobby Fischer Against the World" and 2002's "The Execution of Wanda Jean." The HBO acquisition of "Love, Marilyn" is not unexpected.

This article is related to: HBO Films, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Marilyn Monroe, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.