‘Secret Life of Marilyn’ & ‘Grace of Monaco’: Emmys for portraying showbiz legends?

Lifetime’s “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” and “Grace of Monaco” each earned Emmy nominations for Best Movie/Miniseries Hairstyling; the former also contends for Best Movie/Miniseries Makeup. These telefilms tell the stories of two of the most famously glamorous women in show business history: Marilyn Monroe (Kelli Garner) and Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman). Will one of these period pieces prevail at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 12?

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Since 2000, the Emmys have honored four films about Hollywood legends — “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” (2000), “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” (2001), “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (2005) and “Behind the Candelabra” (2012) about the life of Liberace — with Best Movie/Miniseries Hairstyling. Other films about iconic 20th century figures have also won this race: “The Reagans” (2004), “Grey Gardens” (2009) and “The Kennedys” (2011).

That’s good news for “Grace” and “Marilyn,” but they’re up against HBO’s “Bessie,” a film about celebrated singer Bessie Smith. They’re also battling “American Horror Story: Freak Show“; the anthology series previously won this award in 2012 and 2014. Rounding out the category is “Olive Kitteridge,” our current frontrunner for Best Limited Series.

“Secret Life of Marilny Monroe” faces off against “Freak Show,” “Bessie” and “Kitteridge” – along with “Houdini” – for Best Movie/Mini Makeup. While “Life with Judy Garland” and “Behind the Candelabra” won here too, in other years glamorous stories fell by the wayside in favor of gritty period dramas – “Bleak House” (2006), “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler” (2009)  and “The Pacific” (2010) – as well as fantasy programs like “Arabian Nights” (2000) “The Mists of Avalon” (2002), “Frankenstein” (2005) and “Tin Man” (2008).

Do you think “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” and “Grace of Monaco” will be winners at the Creative Arts Emmys? Discuss this year’s awards in our forums.

Photo: Kelli Garner in “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.” Credit: Courtesy/REX

Photo: Nicole Kidman in “Grace of Monaco.” Credit: Courtesy/REX


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