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The final months of Marilyn Monroe’s life are to be turned into a new drama

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The TV series will cover some of the more controversial topics of Monroe’s life.

The icon that is Marilyn Monroe needs no introduction, but we’re going to give her one anyway.

One of the most notable stars of the silver screen, Monroe carved out a space for herself in the public domain that no other big name has been able to fill.

Her effortless charm, intriguing life and immortal status as potentially the ultimate sex symbol has fascinated the world since the Fifties when she broke onto the acting scene.

Her life has been examined and retold in exhibitions and films many times since her life ended. Now, BBC Studios has announced that it will be developing a new series with writer Dan Sefton and producer Simon Lupton, that will focus on the last six months of her life.

The series will explore her relationship with Hollywood studio bosses and US President John F Kennedy, potentially unpicking some of the mystery around their time together.

Currently it has the working title of The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe, and will take inspiration from Keith Badman’s 2010 book The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe.

According to BBC News, it will explore “where the harsh glamour of 1960s Hollywood and the hard-edged politics of Washington intersect”. Sefton said of the project: “[I’m] thrilled to bring this incredible true story to the screen.

“Marilyn’s desire to be taken seriously as an actress and her battle with the powerful men who control the studio system is sadly as relevant today as it ever was.”

While BBC Studios’ Anne Pivcevic said the “ambitious” drama series would tackle “big themes such as power, love, loyalty and politics.”

So far there’s no word on who will play Monroe, or when the show is expected to air.

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