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Dame Edith Sitwell is on the final leg of a sell-out Recital Tour of America. Eccentric, old, aristocratic and extremely English, she has taken the States by storm. Nevertheless she is annoyed that her sponsors, Life Magazine, are holding her to her contract getting her to write an article interviewing a relatively unknown film actress, about to hit the big time. 

Marilyn Monroe.

Life Magazine and Dame Edith know perfectly well that the two are unlikely to hit it off. But somehow these two opposites attract, surprise each other and forge a deep bond. Despite their totally different backgrounds, they lose their minders and find much more in common than either would have guessed. By the end of their allotted hour, they have discovered truths about motherhood and childhood, beauty and ugliness, the price of fame and the masks we hide behind – as well as the human truth that we have more in common than things that divide us.

The Dame and the Showgirl have become friends.

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a pleasant hour

Love the free members perks.
Although there was a photograph of these two, MM and Dame Edith, I was not sure 8f this really occurred.

It did ocurr, however this a fictional account of what may have transpired between these two very different but equally tormented souls, who found in each other a kindred spirit.
I am a fan of Emma Thompson and enjoyed her characterisation of Dame Edith.
Suffice to say an excellent way to lose an hour and definately worth a listen.

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  • London Showtunes
  • 13-05-2021

Fascinating and fun - one niggle ;-)

I enjoyed this very much. I was only a little frustrated that it's made to sound as if the famous movie sketch "The vessel with the pestle (etc)" comes form the Bing Crosby movie 'A Connecticut Yankee (In King Arthur's Court)', whereas it actually comes (famously) from the Danny Kaye movie 'The Court Jester'.
But the acting is terrific, and the pairing of Sitwell and Monroe a delightful surprise!

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  • Simon M.
  • 16-05-2021

Magical hour....

Simon Berry has created an absolute gem. The true story of Dame Edith interviewing Marilyn Monroe makes one desperate to discover what was exchanged between them. This re imagination of that interview is credible, engaging, witty and utterly charming from start to finish. And unsurprisingly Emma Thompson is an absolute genius as Dame Edith Sitwell. Sinead Matthews is a brilliant foil with her clever and subtly different positioning of Norma Jean and the Hollywood version of Marilyn. I was left wondering whether Marilyn would ever have come to England to meet Dame Edith at her home. I was certainly left longing for more by the end. A really great example of an audio play and in my own experience, well worth listening to more than once. A delight.

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  • Jtom
  • 17-05-2021

Loved it!

The hour flew by - wonderful performances from the cast. Thoroughly enjoyed this funny, bittersweet and touching story: imagined beautifully from real life events.

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  • TDbooks
  • 18-05-2021

Absolutely brilliant!

Thoroughly enjoyed this - the accents and the storyline. Left wanting more. Did they keep in contact, what other secrets may have been trade. Gosh the imagination could really run away with this one.

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  • Michael Paris
  • 20-05-2021

Very enjoyable

This is a very entertaining listen, well worth the time.
The cast is perfect

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  • Amber
  • 19-05-2021

The intelligence of Norma Jean

This dramatic, fun, interesting, well presented/fantastically performanced podcast, has now been put into my top 10 favorite audio library. Please go & have a listen, you will NOT be disappointed. This dramatic podcast has given me an opportunity to delve into a whole new outlook on what life was possible like for starlets like Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe & how the 'Industry' wanted them portrayed in their 'showbiz' lifestyles.
5* podcast, highly recommended by an avid reader/audio book lover 😍

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  • Samantha Crapnell
  • 19-06-2021

Loved it

I have listened to this repeatedly. The new friendship between Dame Edith and Norma Jean unfurls beautifully.

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  • Collie Girl
  • 11-06-2021

Beautifully portrayed

Emma Thompson was superb as Dame Edith & Marilyn Monroe was perfectly portrayed. Very entertaining. Excellent

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  • 11-06-2021

That lady ain’t no dumb blonde.

This fictional account of the interview. I found fascinating that the piece showed Miss Norma Jean as a young girl that wanted to elevate her status in life. And she considered Marilyn Munro as a character. It must have frustrated Norma Jean that people didn’t consider her as having intelligence. She was packaged as a bauble something that looked beautiful only to be packed away when when it lost it shine

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  • Ty
  • 09-06-2021

5 stars and I’m only half way through!!!

Loving this… beautifully written, wonderfully voiced/ acted… thoroughly enjoyable… my only criticism… Just too short!!

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