DiscoverMarilyn: Behind the Icon
Marilyn: Behind the Icon

Marilyn: Behind the Icon

Author: Gary Vitacco-Robles, Nina Boski and Randall Libero

Subscribed: 33Played: 220
Share

Description

Marilyn: Behind the Icon is a dramatic multi-season podcast series blending a uniquely scripted episodic story with commentary on the remarkable life of Marilyn Monroe. It’s up close, raw and real; telling her story through extensively researched historical events, including Marilyn Monroe’s own perspective in her own words. We explore her inner journey and human side as no other podcast, film or TV show has ever done before. The series portrays her personal struggles with mental illness and addiction in addition to her amazing resiliency in achieving her dreams as one the greatest movie actresses and icons in motion picture history. We begin our story with her life as a young girl named Norma Jeane—a girl desperate for a stable family and home life — a girl seeking to find her place—a girl nobody wanted—who grew up in the care of foster families and caretakers. As a young teen searching for her identity, she became determined to make something of herself and created a life born out of her dreams, imagination, and talent. Marilyn became a top cover girl model, a young starlet, a celebrated actress, an accomplished singer and dancer, a wife, aspiring mother, a producer, and ultimately, a legend—an enduring ICON. 

We’ll highlight the tragedy and pain yet celebrate the triumphs of the life, legend, and the global phenomenon known as MARILYN.

21 Episodes
Reverse
The co-producers discuss the legend of Marilyn’s white piano as a metaphor for her childhood. Discussed is the identity of her abuser, the woman who failed to protect her, and the impact of sexual abuse and childhood trauma on her life. Gary, Nina, and Randall also cover how Marilyn learns to protect herself in the male-powered entertainment industry and her meeting with studio mogul Harry Cohn at Columbia in 1948 when she attempts to negotiate her contract after completing Ladies of the Chorus. 
EP7 The White Piano

EP7 The White Piano

2020-08-0138:42

Marilyn attends an auction with acting coach Natasha Lytess and reclaims a white piano from her childhood. She re-experiences the period she lived with her mother, childhood sexual abuse traumas, and her mother’s psychotic episode which leaves Gladys institutionalized. The aftermath fragments little Norma Jeane’s daily life as Grace struggles to find a place for her with stable living conditions. A teenage Marilyn is signed to the Blue Book Modeling agency and learns to protect herself in the male-powered entertainment industry. She later attempts to negotiate her contract with studio mogul Harry Cohn at Columbia Studios. 
Co-producers Nina, Randall and Gary explore Marilyn’s friendship with Sidney Skolsky and relationships with older partners influenced by abandonment and rejection by her father. Gary describes Marilyn’s lack of protection in childhood and fragmentation resulting in her craving a father figure, as well as the impact of her father’s rejection on her psyche, making her vulnerable to targeting by unhealthy males. Randall highlights actress Mary Pickford as a role model to young Norma Jeane, both women having screen images different from their personalities and establishing their own production companies. They discuss films and female stars of the 1930s providing education and escape to Norma Jeane and her ability to use visualization to achieve her goals. Gary explores Marilyn’s relationship with her half-sister and efforts to protect her family from the media.
Producer, Nina Boski interviews series narrator, Brad Hyland. As an award-winning voice actor, Brad has been voicing projects for over 20 years and he is perfect for the sound of this podcast. His bold but friendly and connective style can be heard in museum and visitor center film narrations, as well as many current corporate and commercial projects all around the globe. He has voiced commercials for Pepsi Max, Amtrak, Abercrombie & Fitch, TaylorMade Golf, Whirlpool/Maytag, Texas A&M and other major universities, and is also the voice of “Santa” for Elf on the Shelf. https://www.americanvoicepower.com/
Producer, Nina Boski interviews actress Erin Gavin who plays Marilyn Monroe. Erin was a child actress and then expanded into roles on the television series EastEnders, Still Game, and Footballers’ Wives, in addition to a role in the horror film Dread before moving from the UK to California. Since that time, she has had roles in films and television series including Junk, 1000 Ways To Die, Making Thirty, and The Love Addict. In 2014, Erin played the role of Marilyn Monroe in the stage play Marilyn: My Secret at the Macha Theatre in Hollywood, California. She also played Monroe in the television film Marilyn Monroe: The Last Investigation. Now she is taking on the role that was made for her, Marilyn: Behind the Icon.
Marilyn drives to Palm Springs to meet her father with a friend in early 1951. She recalls her early years living with her Mother and her childhood experiences escaping her lonely life at the local movie theater. Norma Jeane attends a movie premiere in 1933 at the Chinese Theater with Gladys and Grace. She begins to build an imaginary world to escape her harsh reality through the fantasy of the movies of the early 1930s. Flash forward to Marilyn meeting her childhood film idol, Clark Gable, the King of Hollywood, at a lavish Hollywood party after The Seven Year Itch is released. More at BehindtheIcon.com
Co-producers Nina, Randall, and Gary discuss the circumstances surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s birth, the sources they used to reconstruct the early attachment challenges between the child and her mother, in addition to the symptoms of mental illness experienced by her mother and grandmother. Gary outlines Monroe’s multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences and their impact on the star’s life.
Norma Jeane is born in Los Angeles. Gladys’s best friend Grace comes to visit her after the baby’s birth and talks about the child’s future. Infant Norma Jeane is placed in foster care with the Bolenders, a couple who have rigid religious beliefs. She begins her life experiencing childhood trauma and abuse. Della, Norma Jeane’s grandmother, has a psychotic episode at the Bolenders. Norma Jeane adopts her first pet, a stray dog that follows her to school.
Co-Producers Nina, Randall, and Gary analyze Monroe’s remarks about her childhood as “grim” and her efforts to ground and rebuild her life with DiMaggio in a new home in Brentwood as a corrective experience for her unstable childhood. Gary describes the Bolender household as rigid and punitive. Randall reviews the relationship between Monroe’s mother Gladys, and her best friend, Grace McKee and the episode’s re-creation of their peripheral work in the film industry in the 1920s. The co-writers analyze the matriarchy of Monroe’s family during a changing time in American history. Gary provides a timeline of the chaos in the lives of Monroe’s mother and grandmother.
Marilyn purchases a Spanish hacienda style home in Brentwood, California in early 1962, and reflects upon her childhood. Her memories take us back in time to the 1920s as we learn the story of her mother Gladys in the years shortly before Marilyn was born. The episode introduces Gladys and new found friend Grace McKee’s relationship when they worked together as film cutters at Consolidated Film Industries in the early years of the Hollywood motion picture industry during the Roaring Twenties. More at BehindtheIcon.com
The series producers, Nina, Randall, and Gary investigate Monroe’s negative childhood memories and explain their use of creative license to dramatize factual events in her life. They discuss the episode’s depiction of Monroe’s psychotherapy sessions with Dr. Ralph Greenson as a window into viewing her family history of mental illness and other serious personal challenges. Gary responds to questions about the limits of Monroe’s treatment options in the late 1950s and early 1960s compared to today’s effective interventions.
The episode opens with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn on the set of Some Like it Hot discussing the production shoot. Marilyn reveals an early childhood memory that still haunts her. In 1960, Marilyn engages in psychotherapy with Dr. Ralph Greenson as a result of her personal crisis after the production of Let’s Make Love. She explores her extensive maternal family history of mental illness as Greenson begins to connect the patterns in her past to her current relationships with men. More at BehindtheIcon.com
The series producers, Nina, Randall, and Gary provide insight into the Monroe-DiMaggio relationship at the end of Marilyn’s life. Gary discusses the Tampa Bay, Florida community’s reaction to the couple’s famous visit in 1961 depicted in the episode from a historical perspective. Nina and Randall talk about working with actress Erin Gavin and the studying of Monroe’s real life vocal inflection, intonation, and speech patterns using actual recordings and how it differs from her acting voice. Gary reveals more about Marilyn’s professional goals in 1961 and DiMaggio’s efforts to increase his sincere emotional support for Marilyn despite his past transgressions. More at BehindtheIcon.com
EP2 A Promise of Hope

EP2 A Promise of Hope

2020-05-0625:05

Marilyn shares her story of recovery with photographer George Barris during her final photo session at a Santa Monica beach. Marilyn heals from her agonizing experience after moving to a convalescent hospital in New York with Joe DiMaggio by her side in early 1961. She is released from care and greets the awaiting media onslaught outside the hospital with press agent Pat Newcomb. Marilyn renews her relationship with Joe DiMaggio as the couple travel together to Florida. She makes plans to star in her own production of the drama, Rain for NBC television.
The Marilyn: Behind the Icon producers Nina Boski, Randall Libero and Gary Vitacco-Robles talk about their perspective on developing this dramatic series from a historical and factual approach. Gary offers reasons why his commentary regarding Marilyn Monroe’s mental health perspective is important to tell Marilyn’s story accurately. They explore Marilyn’s goals to become an actress, wife, and mother, her personal challenges and crises related to intergenerational mental illness in her family, and her own childhood trauma. The co-writers reflect upon the responsibility of ethical research, legitimate sources and new source material unearthed by recent auctions. See more at BehindtheIcon.com.
EP1 Please Let Me Out

EP1 Please Let Me Out

2020-05-0638:08

Following an extremely difficult year of two challenging film productions, her divorce from Arthur Miller, a suicide attempt and the death of Clark Gable, Marilyn is admitted to two psychiatric hospitals in 1961. It is a time of deep personal challenge for Marilyn when she is forced to confront her greatest fears. She fights for her own sanity amidst harrowing conditions at the facility. Her attempts to escape are stopped until an unexpected friend comes back into her life to rescue her. See more at BehindtheIcon.com
A panel of experts debunk rumors and theories about Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 death, cite the forensic evidence from the LA DA report summarizing the 1982 re-investigation, and correct lingering outlandish rumors. Check out more at behindtheicon.com
Marilyn: Behind the Icon is a dramatic multi-season podcast series blending a uniquely scripted episodic story with commentary on the remarkable life of Marilyn Monroe. It’s up close, raw and real; telling her story through extensively researched historical events, including Marilyn Monroe’s own perspective in her own words. We explore her inner journey and human side as no other podcast, film or TV show has ever done before. The series portrays her personal struggles with mental illness in addition to her amazing resiliency in achieving her dreams as one the greatest movie actresses and icons of motion picture history. We begin our story with her life as a young girl named Norma Jeane — a girl desperate for a stable family and home life — a girl seeking to find her place — a girl nobody wanted — who grew up in the care of foster families and caretakers. As a young teen searching for her identity, she became determined to make something of herself and created a life born out of her dreams, imagination, and talent. Marilyn became a top cover girl model, a young starlet, a celebrated actress, an accomplished singer and dancer, a wife, aspiring mother, a producer, and ultimately, a legend — an enduring ICON. We'll highlight the tragedy and pain yet celebrate the triumphs of the life, legend, and the global phenomenon known as MARILYN. 
Nina Boski and Gary Vittaco-Robles speak to Michael Selsman, a former press agent employed by the Arthur P. Jacobs Company that represented Marilyn. They dispel myths about the media coverage of her death, rumors of Marilyn scheduling a press conference shortly before her death, drinking alcohol on her last day, and having an abortion shortly before her death. Check out more at behindtheicon.com.
Prelude: Classic Cool

Prelude: Classic Cool

2020-05-0618:04

An interview with Deana Martin, the daughter of Dean Martin about her father’s relationship with Marilyn. Dean was Marilyn’s friend and her leading man in her final, unfinished film, Something’s Got to Give. Gary and Nina reminisce with Deana about the “Rat Pack”era and the Martin family’s special connection to Marilyn. To see more, find us at behindtheicon.com
loading
Comments 
Download from Google Play
Download from App Store