A Promise of Hope

Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio

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.

I want to find out what it’s all about. Life. Love. The world. People. Everything.

Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe
Mental health expert
George Barris
Marlon Brando
Joe DiMaggio
Patricia Newcomb
John Springer
Cabana boy
Jason Dow
Norma Jeane (age 2)
Gladys Baker
Ward Morehouse
Norman Rosten
Female flight attendant
Erin Gavin
Brad Hyland
Gary Vitacco-Robles
Paul Anderson
Ed Lobo
Ron Hayden
Savannah Gilmore
Ed Lobo
Jack Drinker
Nolan Barnett
Vallia Lalla-DeStephanis
Kristina Martin
Chase Shumway
Vince Melamed
Nancy Drinker
Randall Libero
Oscar Vitacco-Robles

Norma Jeane: Discovering Truths


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 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.

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