Marilyn Monroe's final script starring at PFC Auctions

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2015-06-26 12:59:24

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Marilyn Monroe's final script starring at PFC Auctions

The final script of Marilyn Monroe's career is expecting strong results

Marilyn Monroe's copy of the script for Something's Got to Give, the final performance of her career, is currently on sale at PFC Auctions.

Marilyn Monroe final scriptMarilyn's sinus infection led to her being fired by Twentieth Century Fox

1962's Something's Got to Give was set to wow the crowds, featuring a dazzling combination of both Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin in its lead roles. However, due to repeated sick notes from Marilyn, the film remains unfinished.

The actress called producer Henry Weinstein on the first day of filming to inform him that she had a severe sinus infection and would not be able to work for a month. However, on May 19, 1962, just weeks after making the call, Marilyn famously sang Happy Birthday Mr President for John F Kennedy, angering the film's director, George Cukor.

The excuses continued, and Marilyn was present for just 17 of the 30 shooting days, despite regular public appearances. On the rare occasion she did appear on set, she regularly brought photographers into the studio, which was supposed to be closed to anyone other than was necessary.

Due to her repeated failure to show up, on June 8, 1962 Marilyn was fired by Twentieth Century Fox, leaving the film's future very much in the balance. It wasn't until Dean Martin refused to work with Lee Remick, the actress cast in her place, that Monroe was eventually reinstated.

With George Cukor replaced by another director at Marilyn's behest, the filming was due to resume in October. However, Monroe was found dead on August 5, 1962 and the production on the film was terminated.

The script itself is bound in a blue wraparound cover, which reads: "Something's Got to Give March 29 1962" at the centre. Once in the possession of Monroe's acting coach Lee Strasbourg, his widow originally sold the items at a Christie's sale in 1999.

Including 161 pages and presented in a custom-made box, it is currently selling for $2,500. View the remarkable script here.

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