Blonde, adapted from the bestseller Novel by Joyce Carol Oates of the same name, is a work of art, but is it true?
In the name of the art, in this case, it’s helpful to remember that this particular movie isn’t a biopic per se, just as the novel is a fictionalized account of the life of Marilyn Monroe, the movie is. too.
“Blonde” director Andrew Dominik said he did his homework for the film and spent hours researching the icon’s life. But in the end, he used very little of it.
In a recent interview with People, he shared “And I’m aware of the difference with the book Blond. I did all of this research and used very little of it in the film,” adding, “Blond the book was pretty much the film’s bible. In addition, it is clear that the film adaptation is a “work of art” above all.
Just to keep things straight, we’ve taken some of the film’s most important events, and established fact from fiction.
Did Monroe have an abortion?
Although it has long been speculated that Monroe may have had one or more abortions in her lifetime, this has never been confirmed.
Has Monroe ever been in a band?
In BlondMonroe enters a three-way relationship with Charlie “Cass” Chaplin Jr. and Edward “Eddy” G. Robinson Jr. – which was never confirmed in real life.
Monroe’s supposed relationship with a president
Monroe biographer James Spada shared in 2012 that while he doesn’t believe there’s any evidence that the Kennedys were responsible for Monroe’s death, “it was pretty clear that Marilyn had sex with Bobby and Jack.”
Was Joe DiMaggio abusive?
This is unfortunately largely true. DiMaggio, was quite controlling, he discouraged her from taking on roles that sexualized her blonde bombshell image, and encouraged her to quit her career and become a full-time housewife. He also asked her to dress modestly. DiMaggio, who was on anger management medication, was physically abusive. His son, Joe DiMaggio Jr, recalled waking up to the “sound of my dad and Marilyn screaming. … After a few minutes, I heard Marilyn running down the stairs and out the front door, and my father running after her. He caught up with her and grabbed her by the hair and dragged her halfway home. She tried to fight him but couldn’t.
Was Monroe’s mother mentally ill?
Short answer. Yes. Monroe’s mother, Gladys Baker, had a history of mental illness. Baker suffered a mental breakdown in January 1934 and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, after which she was in and out of institutions for the rest of her life.
Did Monroe have a paternal fixation?
Even though she was into older men, there is no evidence that she was so obsessed with “fathers”.
Blonde is now streaming on Netflix.