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Something’s Got to Give – Marilyn Monroe’s Never-Before-Seen Nearly Nude Photos

24 Oct
While the film never made it to theaters, stills and photographs from the shoot have been exhibited the world over, though only the best images have survived — Monroe reportedly destroyed negatives of pictures she didn’t like. The star celebrated her 36th birthday on the set of her last film, dying just two months later on August 5, 1962.

While filming Something’s Got to Give, Fox studios permitted Monroe to travel to New York to serenade President John F. Kennedy at his birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden.

On the edge. Producer Henry Weinstein and director George Cukor fired Monroe after a series of absences, rehiring her only after her co-star Dean Martin refused to work with anyone else.

Something’s Got to Give was supposed to be a closed set, but Monroe personally invited photographers to snap up pictures of her.

Monroe eventually took off her flesh-colored bikini bottom and swam around naked. The film would have been the first time a major movie star appeared completely nude onscreen since Hedy Lamarr’s appearance in Ecstasy in 1933.

Marilyn Monroe was supposed to wear a body stocking for the pool scene in Something’s Got to Give, but she took it off and swam around only in a flesh-colored bikini bottom.

Monroe died before she finished making the movie, but excerpts and snapshots of her now-legendary nude bathing scene have only fueled her posthumous celebrity. Almost 50 years after her death, Duncan Miller Gallery is now exhibiting a dozen rare photos of Monroe from the set of Something’s Got to Give.

(Duncan Miller Gallery, via LA Weekly)