This documentary is centered around the life and untimely death of American actress and cultural icon Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe was not only a major star in the '50s and '60s, she continues to be a major icon even today. She had a rough childhood and went through orphanages and the foster care system for most of her early life before becoming a model and then a Hollywood starlet. The actress was at the height of her fame when she passed away from a drug overdose at the age of 36. Her stardom, the turmoil in her private life, and her untimely death have been a topic of fascination for Hollywood over the years.
Netflix is set to release not one but two Marilyn Monroe-related projects on their platform.
The Ana de Armas biographic film Blonde is also set to release this year. Before that, Netflix has released the first trailer of The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes. This documentary is centered around the life and untimely death of American actress and cultural icon Marilyn Monroe. It is told through archival footage and unseen interviews with friends of the star. This is not the first or last documentary about the starlet. It is, however, another addition to Netflix’s expanding catalog of scandalous true crime documentaries.
In the trailer, we hear Monroe herself address the attention surrounding her by saying: "How do you go about writing a life story? The true things rarely get into circulation. It’s usually the false things." It then takes us to the time when her case was reopened in 1982 after the debut of KTLA’s The Marilyn Files aired on television. At the time of her death, her overdose was considered suicide but with The Marilyn Files, Jane Wallace and Bill Bixby examine evidence implying Marilyn Monroe may have been murdered. We also hear voiceovers from interview tapes surrounding Monroe’s death that haven’t seen the light of day until this documentary.
"To get to people with information about the night Marilyn died, it was difficult," the narrator recalls. Another voice states: "I can't say anything, and I knew it all." The narrator then adds, "I did what you always have to do when you meet a dead end, I went back to the beginning." The documentary is also set to cover several conspiracy theories that are commonly discussed with respect to the life and times of Monroe. The infamous Kennedy connection, the FBI’s involvement, communism, and a potential cover-up are all teased in the trailer.
The documentary premieres on Netflix on April 27.
You can watch the trailer here: