In the film “Blonde”, we can discover a passionate love story between Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin Jr. and Eddy Robinson Jr. But what is it really? We take stock.
Blonde: Ana de Armas is Marilyn Monroe
Presented in official competition at the 79th Venice Film Festival, Blonde hair by Andrew Dominik has been available on Netflix since September 28. It’s a movie very freely inspired of the life of superstar Marilyn Monroe. Based on the eponymous novel by Joyce Carol Oates, it features actress Ana de Armas as Marilyn.
For nearly three hours, the New Zealand director mistreats Norma Jeane Baker, from her early childhood to her death. He does not spare the spectators much, including with staging choices that have caused a lot of ink to flow (the talking fetus, the shot filmed from inside the vagina at the time of her abortion…). Masterpiece or voyeuristic feature film, it has in any case left no one indifferent.
If elements of the film are true, others are totally romanticized. So what about the torrid relationship between the star, Charlie Chaplin Jr and Eddy Robinson Jr.?
Marilyn, Charlie Chaplin Jr. and Eddy Robinson Jr.
In the first part of Blonde hair, Marilyn has a passionate relationship with the son of Charlie Chaplin (played by Xavier Samuel) and Eddy Robinson Jr. (played by Evan Williams). Together, they form a “troupe” and are even expecting a surprise baby.
In the biography The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe written by Anthony Summers and released in 1992, the star is said to have had a brief romantic relationship with Charlie Chaplin Jr. The latter even introduced him to his family in 1947.
In his book Charlie Chaplin, my father published in 1961, Charlie Chaplin Jr. evoked his relationship with Marilyn. He confided in particular that his father, an admirer of the actress, would have congratulated him for his taste in women but would have told him not to fall in love too soon, that he had to grow up first. Anthony Summers will write that the Chaplin son was madly in love with her, and that Marylin often spent the night at his house. After their separation, they remained good friends.
Concerning Eddy Robinson Jr. (son of actor Edward G. Robinson), Anthony Summers writes that he met Marilyn through Charlie Chaplin Jr. They would have had a romantic relationship, but not at the same time. They reportedly got together in 1954 when the actress was filming Men prefer blondes. Eddy Robinson Jr. was then 19 years old, and Marilyn was 27. They met again on the set of Some like it hot in 1959. Eddy Robinson Jr. was part of the cast.
There is currently no evidence of a threesome between Marilyn Monroe, Eddy Robinson Jr. and Charlie Chaplin Jr.
Moreover, a historical error is hidden in Blonde hairwhen Eddy informs Marylin of the death of Charlie Chaplin Jr. The latter died six years after Marilyn’s death.