Goodbye, Norma Jean tells the dramatic story of Marilyn Monroe's (Misty Rowe) rise to international stardom. The story traces the star's life as she endures and overcomes abuse as a child and as an adult. Despite the overwhelming struggles that she faces, she never gives up on her dream of being a famous actress. Although she suffers from low self-esteem, she continues to audition for small parts and attend photo shoots. She eventually finds encouragement from photographer Ralph Johnson (Terrence Locke), who instills in her the confidence to pursue her dream of acting. He is there for her as she deals with many advances from men, including casting directors and photographers. Ralph takes several publicity shots of her that gain interest from some producers. One of them is former producer Hal (Preston Hanson), who helps guide her career towards super stardom. With Hal's guidance, her dreams of being in the spotlight are in her reach.