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

Susan Sarandon seen at a ceremony at TCL

Susan Sarandon seen at a ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Hollywood. Credit: Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros/AP

Hoping to feed the insatiable appetite for all things Marilyn Monroe, Lifetime is developing a miniseries that will star Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon as the blond bombshell's mother, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The four-hour miniseries, based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe," will explore how the star's mentally ill mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe, affected the '50s sex symbol for better or for worse.

The character is described as a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, whose mother committed suicide as a result of her own mental illness, and a father who died of syphilitic insanity. Gladys was also a devout Christian Scientist, who was also frequently delusional.

Sarandon has been venturing more frequently into television over the past few years, with guest-starring gigs on CBS' "Mike & Molly," NBC's "30 Rock" and Showtime's "The Big C." She also earned Emmy nominations for her roles in HBO's TV-movie "You Don't Know Jack" and the cable network's miniseries "Bernard and Doris" as well as for her guest roles on Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" and NBC's "Friends."

No word yet on who will be playing Marilyn Monroe.

The miniseries is set to premiere sometime next year.


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