"Blonde" on CBS-TV 

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Imagine Ann-Margret as Marilyn Monroe's grandmother. Or won't your imagination stretch that far?

If not, CBS-TV will help you get the picture when it broadcasts the two-part miniseries "Blonde" on Sunday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 16, from 9 to 11 p.m.

Poppy Montgomery stars as the blonde bombshell in this story based on the novel by Nobel- and Pulitzer-prize nominee Joyce Carol Oates. "Novel" is the key word: The story weaves reality with fiction as it recounts Monroe's struggle to reconcile her public persona with her private "Norma Jean" life.

Also in the cast are Patricia Richardson as Monroe's birth mother, Kirstie Alley as her adoptive mother, Patrick Dempsey as Charlie Chaplin's son, Wallace Shawn as Monroe's agent, Griffin Dunne as "the playwright," Eric Bogosian as the opportunistic photographer Monroe first poses for and Titus Welliver as "the athlete."

From "Some Like It Hot" to "The Misfits," Monroe made the screen sizzle, although her private life was full of fear, paranoia, depression, desperation and frustration. It's a tribute to her talent, however, that even today — almost 40 years after her death — she still remains as one of the world's most instantly recognizable


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