The legend of one of Americas most famous sex symbols, Marilyn Monroe, lives on after an unseen nude scene has been discovered.
The nude scene comes from John Huston’s The Misfits, originally thought to be lost, that was recently recovered. During one of the steamy love scenes, Monroe coyly drops the bedsheet exposing herself to the camera. Although the scene wasn't included in the original movie, the clip exposing Monroe's bare body was said to have been destroyed by Huston.
Charles Casillo, author of the anticipated book, Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon, denied that the footage was destroyed. He claimed that it had actually been saved by Misfits producer, Frank Taylor, and that the footage is in his son's possession, Curtice Taylor, who claims to have been keeping it locked away since 1999 when his father passed on.
It is believed that Frank Taylor saved the footage 57 years ago because it was groundbreaking at the time for the movie industry and would have been one of the first nude scenes included in a movie by an American actress.
The nude scene also wasn't scripted with Casillo recounting, “If you read [The Misfits] script… it doesn’t say anything about nudity… When she did the scene, everyone was shocked on the set.”
However, director of the film, Huston, deemed the nude scene unnecessary to the storyline. The Misfits was a Western movie about a divorcée (Monroe) and her complicated relationship with a distant older cowboy (Gable); The script was written by Arthur Miller, Monroe’s husband at the time.
The love scene that was aired shows Gable kissing Monroe while she holds a sheet over her breasts but when Gable leaves the room, Monroe was meant to get dressed, still holding the sheet over herself. However, Monroe decided to drop the sheet before proceeding to get dressed. Casillo agreed with the nudity saying “Why would a woman sitting up in bed, with nobody in the room, pull the sheet up and then try to put a blouse on at the same time? It makes no sense.”
The footage is iconic as it was the last film that Monroe completed before she passed away at 36 years old. Taylor's son has not yet announced what he will do with this footage which also begs the question of the morality of exposing this footage.
Cassilo's upcoming book details many accounts of Monroe's toxic relationships and accounts of sexual harassment, one specific story recounting a man tearing Monroe’s top at a soiree and revealing her breasts to partygoers. It is also known that Hugh Hefner published nude photos of Monroe under the Playboy brand without her consent. Wouldn't publishing this footage be just as immoral?