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.”
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.
Leftover footage was released in a 2001 documentary about Monroe’s final days. Filmmaker Kevin Burns took more than 9 hours of footage that had been sitting in Fox vaults and edited the tape into a 37-minute film.