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Marilyn: Behind the Icon

21 EpisodesProduced by Gary Vitacco-Robles, Nina Boski and Randall LiberoWebsite

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 per… read more

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#7 Norma Jeane: Discovering Truths

August 1st, 2020


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 …

EP7 The White Piano

August 1st, 2020


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 …

#6 Norma Jeane: Discovering Truths

May 9th, 2020


Co-producers Nina, Randall and Gary explore Marilyn’s friendship with Sidney Skolsky and relationships with older partners influenced by abandonment …

Interview: Actress Erin Gavin

May 8th, 2020


Producer, Nina Boski interviews actress Erin Gavin who plays Marilyn Monroe. Erin was a child actress and then expanded into roles on the television …

Interview: Brad Hyland (Narrator)

May 8th, 2020


Producer, Nina Boski interviews series narrator, Brad Hyland. As an award-winning voice actor, Brad has been voicing projects for over 20 years and …

EP6 Lonely Escape Into Dreams

May 6th, 2020


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 …

#5 Norma Jeane: Discovering Truths

May 6th, 2020


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 …

EP5 My Life Was Kind of Grim Part 2

May 6th, 2020


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 …

#4 Norma Jeane: Discovering Truths

May 6th, 2020


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 …

EP4 My Life Was Kind of Grim, Part 1

May 6th, 2020


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 …

#3 Norma Jeane: Discovering Truths

May 6th, 2020


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 …

EP3 I Was a Black Mark on a White Cross

May 6th, 2020


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 …

#2 Norma Jeane: Discovering Truths

May 6th, 2020


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 …

EP2 A Promise of Hope

May 6th, 2020


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 …

#1 Norma Jeane: Discovering Truths

May 6th, 2020


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 …

EP1 Please Let Me Out

May 6th, 2020


Following an extremely difficult year of two challenging film productions, her divorce from Arthur Miller, a suicide attempt and the death of Clark …

Prelude: Moment of Truth

May 6th, 2020


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 …

Marilyn: Behind the Icon Trailer

May 6th, 2020


Marilyn: Behind the Icon is a dramatic multi-season podcast series blending a uniquely scripted episodic story with commentary on the remarkable life …

Prelude: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water

May 6th, 2020


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 …

Prelude: Classic Cool

May 6th, 2020


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 …

The Series Opener

April 7th, 2020


Producer, Nina Boski, shares the history and the making of Marilyn: Behind the Icon and the reasons why the podcast is so relevant today. Nina was also one of the producers and the host of Goodnight Marilyn Radio in …

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