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Susan Sarandon to play Marilyn Monroe's mother in Lifetime miniseries

Susan Sarandon is coming to a small screen near you.

EW has confirmed that Sarandon has joined Marilyn, Lifetime’s upcoming four-hour miniseries. Based J. Randy Taraborrelli’s New York Times bestseller, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, the miniseries promises to reveal “what the iconic superstar succeeded in hiding from an all-too-invasive world.”

Sarandon will play Monroe’s mentally ill mother. The official description adds, “Marilyn is both the personification of sex, whose first marriage ironically collapses because of her frigidity, and a fragile artist who seeks the approval and protection of men. But after tumultuous marriages with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, she realizes she has the strength to stand on her own. She becomes the Face and Voice of an era, yet wants most of all to be someone’s mother and someone’s little girl. She’s the Marilyn you haven’t seen before, the artist who, by masking the truth with an image, gives her greatest performance.”

Marilyn will be written by Stephen Kronish (24) and directed by Laurie Collyer. It’s expected to premiere in 2015.

Susan Sarandon and daughter to star in NBC pilot

Susan Sarandon is yet another high-profile actress to sign on for television.

The Oscar winner and her daughter Eva Amurri Martino have received a pilot production commitment deal from NBC for Growing Ivy.

The half-hour comedy is about Ivy Davis (Martino), a woman who, according to the logline, “craves the stability she lacked in her childhood and, as a result, has thrown herself into her career at the expense of her personal life.  In an attempt to restore balance and potentially find love, she invites her freewheeling, eccentric mom, Franckie (Sarandon), to move in with her and work on their relationship.”

Sarandon and Martino have played a mother/daughter before in 2002’s The Banger Sisters, and have memorably appeared together in projects for both TV (Friends) and film (That’s My Boy). The pilot for Growing Ivy will be written by Martino alongside Will McCormack; McCormack and his writing partner Rashida Jones will executive produce the comedy.


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