- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 3, 2011
- Originally Released: 1958
- Label: Sony Pictures Home
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Kim Stanley (Oscar nominee, Best Actress, 1964, Seance on a Wet Afternoon) plays Emily Ann Faulkner, whose unhappy childhood was dominated by dreams of Hollywood stardom. Escaping a disastrous first marriage and fleeing motherhood by leaving her infant child with her mother, Emily strikes out for fame and lands in the arms of an ex-prizefighter, Dutch Seymour (Lloyd Bridges), whom she marries and divorces. Love is just a step on the ladder to the top, and changing her name to Rita Shawn, the starlet also becomes the mistress of a studio executive. But fame, drugs or alcohol can't hold back the encroaching loneliness and feelings of emptiness in the actress's life. Newly remastered.
THE GODDESS, said to be loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, is the story of a young woman destined from childhood on to be adored by millions but unhappy in her own life. Patty Duke plays Emily Ann Faulkner as a young, friendless, fatherless rural southern girl whose mother is indifferent to her. As a teenager, Emily Ann, played by Kim Stanley, remains a loner but with one small exception--boys dote on her, drawn by her beauty and her powerful aura of feminine sexuality. Emily Ann marries young but leaves her first husband when she meets a young prizefighter. She becomes an actor and her star rises rapidly until she hits the heights of fame--and the depths of anguish.
Adapted by three-time Oscar-winning screenwriter Paddy Chayevsky from his own stage play, THE GODDESS is an in-depth character study, an incisive look at Hollywood, and a social commentary on fame, fortune, and sex. Stanley, a celebrated stage actor in her first film role, gives a sublime and heart-wrenching performance in one of the best films ever made about Hollywood.
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- Loosely based on the life of real-life movie goddess Marilyn Monroe.
- Film debut for actress Kim Stanley.