MipTV: A+E Studios Intl. Debuts ‘Marilyn Monroe’ Drama

LONDON — A+E Studios Intl. is to launch “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” which stars Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, Emily Watson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, at next week’s television market MipTV in Cannes.

The two-parter is based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s New York Times bestseller of the same name. It follows a young Norma Jeane Mortenson as she battles a lonely, loveless existence with an absent mother. Despite the odds, she blossoms into a smart, ambitious woman and reinvents herself as Marilyn Monroe.

As her fame grows, all three of her marriages crumble publicly. Marilyn is unable to control the onset of mental illness inherited from her mother, Gladys (Sarandon) — a woman she loves, hates and tries to save. Although kept secret, Gladys remained a vital and troubling influence.

The show, which has a four-hour running time, is produced by Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime Television.

Other MipTV highlights for A+E Studios Intl., A+E Networks’ distribution arm, include “UnREAL,” “Sons of Liberty” and “Gangland Undercover.”

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