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Marilyn Monroe's Final Movie Script Is Up For Auction

The screenplay includes handwritten notes by the star.
Marilyn Monroe, playing Ellen Arden, swims naked in "Something's Got to Give." The movie was never completed due to Monroe's
Marilyn Monroe, playing Ellen Arden, swims naked in "Something's Got to Give." The movie was never completed due to Monroe's sudden death during production.

Marilyn Monroe’s personal script from her final and unfinished 1962 film “Something’s Got To Give” is up for auction, with a minimum bid set for $20,000.

The 149-page screenplay is slightly worn from use by Monroe, whose annotations appear throughout. The markings show a glimpse into the inner-workings of Monroe’s creative process, says auction house Nate D. Sanders. 

The star wrote notes in pencil and green pen on 42 pages, with comments ranging from dialogue directions to points about her character’s deeper motivations.  In one comment, she seems somewhat dissatisfied with “joke writers Mel Brooks / Herb Gardner,” she writes. “Need spice / raisins / Need some funny lines.”

Marilyn Monroe portraying Ellen Wagstaff Arden in the 1962 comedy "Something's Got to Give." The George Cukor film was never
Marilyn Monroe portraying Ellen Wagstaff Arden in the 1962 comedy "Something's Got to Give." The George Cukor film was never completed due to the death of Monroe.

The LA Times reported Monroe hadn’t made a movie for 18 months when she started filming the 20th Century Fox production. But after she was repeatedly late and didn’t show up on set for days at a time (she missed 17 of 30 days shooting), the studio fired her. Two months later, Monroe worked out a deal with Fox to resume shooting, but a week later, the star was dead from an apparent drug overdose. 

Nine hours of leftover footage that had been sitting in Fox vaults was edited into a 37-minute film. The material was included in 2001 documentary about Monroe’s final days, executive produced by Kevin Burns.


Note: This post has been updated to clarify that Burns was the executive producer of the 2001 documentary “Marilyn: The Last Days,” not the editor solely responsible for editing the leftover “Something’s Got To Give” footage.

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