Marilyn Monroe’s lost nude scene is found
Marilyn Monroe filmed in a spicy scene to please the public, the book claims.
When Marilyn Monroe filmed her last completed movie, 1961’s “The Misfits,” she chose to strip down opposite Clark Gable — a scene that director John Huston decided not to.
But 57 years later, the blonde bombshell’s infamous nude scene, which many believed was destroyed, has brought to light.
Charles Casillo, who wrote a book about Hollywood’s most iconic sex-symbol with the title “Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon” tracked down some of the last living people who befriended Monroe, before she died in 1962 at 36.
During his research, the author arranged an interview with Curtice Taylor, the son of the producer of the movie, Frank Taylor. It was then that the 71-year-old turned out to be the searched images is stored in a file cabinet since his father died in 1999 at age 83.
“[Curtice Taylor] was a child when ‘The Misfits’ was created, and he was on the set,” Casillo told Fox News. “He knew that Marilyn a little bit… So I was interviewing him about. While we were talking, he just casually mentioned that he was the famous nude scene that people thought was destroyed, that was long speculated about.
“He said it so casually, I don’t think he realized what it was… I knew it was something special, and I was very excited about it. It was one of the things that I was not able to discover for the book.”
Marilyn Monroe, the filming of “The Misfits” opposite Clark Gable.
“The Misfits”, which was written by Monroe’s then-husband, playwright Arthur Miller, told the story of a divorced woman who falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to his lifestyle. The love scene is called for Monroe to be in bed as Façade runs into the bedroom to kiss her. But the actress had an idea to heat things up.
“In one take, she let the sheet drop,” described Casillo. “Marilyn Monroe was so insecure. She always wanted people for her. The one thing that they’re rock solid, with her lack of confidence, she knew that her body was pleasing to the people, that people love watching her, and people like to look at her body.”
However, Huston was not seduced by a naked Monroe. In spite of Miller, Taylor, and the Facade to insist that Monroe’s take would break new ground for the film, Huston found it too distracting. The scene ended on the cutting room floor.
Marilyn Monroe on her way to sing “Happy Birthday” for President John F. Kennedy.
(Private collection of Charles Casillo)
“The film was made in 1960,” stresses Casillo. “It would have ushered in everything that was going to happen in the late ’60’s with nudity, and the fall of censorship.
“But John Huston … had the last word. He decided not to keep the scene in. He used a different take. The producer, Frank Taylor, thought that it was so groundbreaking and extraordinary that a major mainstream actress would do that, he saved it.”
Casillo added that Curtice is “very, very cautious” with the images, which is in mint condition and includes sound. Taylor, who was still hopeful the scene would be the final cut, had it fully edited and ready for viewing.
Marilyn Monroe’s turbulent childhood, the cause of the star to be very insecure over the years.
“We don’t know for sure if it will ever be released,” admitted Casillo. “But with the amount of the interest in Marilyn Monroe… I can’t say how, where or when, but it will not be kept under wraps forever. In one way or another, in a certain way, this will be seen.”
Monroe never got the chance to see the stars of the first nude scene in a major American film. In 1961, she and Miller called it quits. Monroe, who struggles with a crippling depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, was under the round-the-clock care of a psychiatrist.
It was reported that around this time the actress had also struggled with substance abuse, as well as physical ailments, such as endometriosis, which resulted in a public miscarriage during her marriage to Miller.
Marilyn Monroe filming “Something’s got to Give.”
(Private collection of Charles Casillo)
When, in 1962, Monroe, who is in the midst of filming “Something’s got to Give,” was fired from the romantic comedy after she was consistently late or absent days. She would be found dead of an apparent overdose just two months later.
Casillo described Monroe’s last day in life as “chaotic.”
“They had lived in a very chaotic and hectic existence in her last months,” he explained. “She was in a downward spiral… She was 36 years old, and for her, that was terrible… In that time, a sex symbol, a goddess of love, as Marilyn was 36 and was considered to be at the end of her rope.
“For someone like Marilyn [whose] identity and the whole persona came from sensual… the idea of losing and that was very frightening for her… and on the last day, she was furious about a lot of things… She was very angry, she was very afraid.”
On the evening before she died, Monroe met a 25-year-old Warren Beatty, who is a mutual friend of fellow actor Peter Lawford. While the now 81-year-old actor told Vanity Fair in 2016 that he “had not seen everything that is beautiful,” the busty blonde felt different about themselves.
“From her point of view, she was over the hill, because that is what the media says about her,” said Casillo. “… She said, ” I’m a 3-6 and I’m scared.” She couldn’t even say her age. That is how devastating it was for her… She said: “My life is becoming more and more disordered. I am more and more unable to sleep. I’m up all night and I’m sleeping during the day. Everything I try, I just can’t control.'”
Casillo claimed that the conversation haunted Beatty for years.
“He was also known for his beauty and sex appeal,” said Casillo. “He began to wonder, ‘What will happen if I lose? I will be in the same situation that Marilyn Monroe? … I have friends? People still love me?'”
Beatty said he noticed Monroe was “already under the influence of the champagne,” even “for the sun had set.”
Marilyn Monroe and her mother Gladys.
(Private collection of Charles Casillo)
Casillo shared part of Monroe’s emotional turmoil stems from her lifelong quest to develop a relationship with her father after enduring an erratic youth in a series of foster homes where she was sexually abused, only to be brutally rejected.
“She was born incorrectly and her mother was in and out of the psychiatry,” he explained. “… Her mother would show her a picture of a man with a fedora, a handsome man, saying, ‘This is your father.” At that time, Marilyn was shuffled from one foster home to another.
“She was in orphanages. She felt like she didn’t belong anywhere, and her father came to represent security and someone who loves her and her way out of the kind of miserable existence that they had.
Marilyn Monroe’s father.
“… When she was an adult, they have tried to contact him, and he didn’t want to talk to her. He would not see her. He said, ” Talk to my lawyer.’ So that he would not recognize her as his daughter. I think that Marilyn spent her whole life trying to find a man to be a substitute for her father, someone who is a redeemer, someone she could protect, someone who would comfort the little girl that was always inside of her.”
At the end of her life, Monroe got an unexpected phone call from her alleged rival — Elizabeth Taylor. The actress, who was filming 1963’s “Cleopatra” takes Monroe from Rome after the hearing she was fired from “Something’s got to Give.”
“They said, ‘Marilyn, all of what you’re going through, I’ve been through,'” said Casillo. “‘…And I will from this film in solidarity with you. I call it, I tell them that I am walking away because Marilyn will be dealt with unjustly.’ That is amazing to know about Elizabeth Taylor that she… would keep this epic film, tens of millions of dollars in debt to help Marilyn.”
Monroe declined the offer, explaining that there was no reason for both actresses to be hurt in their career. But Taylor offered a piece of advice.
“They said: ‘No matter what they say about me, how they criticize me, I smile and I keep walking,'” that Casillo. “‘Just smile and walk.’ Elizabeth Taylor was able to do that. Marilyn was not.”