Top 10 Actresses Who Have Played Marilyn Monroe

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Kelli Garner is the new Marilyn Monroe! But she is hardly the first woman, and certainly won’t be the last, to portray Ms Monroe on the big and small screen. From sensational biopics to magazine cover shoots, here are Top 10 other actresses who tried to take on Marilyn.

10.Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty  (Smash, 2012-2013)

Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty

McPhee and Hilty played actresses who were vying for the role of Marilyn in a Broadway musical in the US TV show Smash. Despite initial critical success, there was a rapid ratings decline that led to the show’s cancellation after just two series.

9.Madonna  (Material Girl, 1985 )


Madonna memorably mimicked Marilyn Monroe’s performance of Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

8. Misty Rowe  (Goodbye, Norma Jean, 1976)  (Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn, 1989)

Misty Rowe

Rowe played Marilyn Monroe in these two films about the star – neither of which received great critical acclaim.

7. Barbara Niven  (The Rat Pack, 1998)

Barbara Niven

In The Rat Pack (1998), a controversial look at the glamorous and turbulent lifestyle of the famous Rat Pack of the 1960s, Barbara Niven played Marilyn.

6.Poppy Montgomery  (Blonde, 2001)

Poppy Montgomery

Montgomery performed the title role in this Australian TV mini-series based on Joyce Carol Oates’s 2000 best-selling novel Blonde, a fictional biography of the star. Naomi Watts is tied to a forthcoming film remake of the story.

5. Mira Sorvino  (Norma Jean & Marilyn, 1996)

Mira Sorvino

Sorvino played Marilyn Monroe, while Ashley Judd took the role of Norma Jean in this TV film, with the two actresses illustrating the marked difference between her public and private personas.

4.Charlotte Sullivan  (The Kennedys, 2011)

Charlotte Sullivan

Sullivan performed alongside Katie Holmes in this $30 million drama mini-series, which delved into the background and hidden stories of America’s most legendary political family. The show received a number of damning reviews.

3.Susan Griffiths  (Various)

Susan Griffiths

Griffiths played Marilyn Monroe (or a look-alike) in several series and films including Quantum Leap, Dark Skies, Timecop, Pulp Fiction, Marilyn & Me, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Nip/Tuck. Griffiths can also be hired out for events to perform as Monroe.

2.Catherine Hicks  (Marilyn: The Untold Story, 1980)

Catherine Hicks

Known mainly for her roles in wholesome American family programming, Hicks here took the lead role in gritty back story of Monroe’s upbringing and struggle for success.

1.Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, 2011)

Michelle Williams

Williams earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Monroe in the 2011 film. My Week With Marilyn tells the making of The Prince and the Showgirl from the perspective of Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) – a gopher on set and potential love interest. On playing Marilyn, Williams said: “It was the kind of part I was born to challenge myself with.”

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