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Marilyn Monroe's hand-annotated scripts from Something's Got to Give to be auctioned
Bidding for the scripts begins at $20,000 each.


LOS ANGELES, CA.- Two scripts with Marilyn Monroe’s handwritten annotations will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on December 15, 2016. The scripts were used by Monroe for her last role, in the 1962 unfinished film, Something’s Got to Give. Actor Dean Martin was cast as Monroe’s co-star.

Each script provides distinct insight into the actress’ creative thinking process. The two scripts feature Monroe’s handwritten notes in pencil and green ink; her notes differ on each respective script. In the first script, (lot #13), Monroe’s notes appear on 42 pages and include simple dialog corrections, in-depth sense memory notes and more. Back cover notes include Monroe’s comments, “Joke writers Mel Brooks / Herb Gardner / Need spice / raisins / Need some funny lines.''

The second script being auctioned (lot #14) features Monroe’s comments on 18 pages. Highlights include Monroe’s notes for Scene 168, in which she interacts with her children in the film. She refers to specific sense memories to help find the emotional truth with her character's feelings toward her on-screen children, “Substitute children - B & J (Arthur Miller’s children Bobby and Jane) if necessary.”

Something’s Got to Give was Never Completed
Legendary screwball comedy director George Cukor was slated to direct Something’s Got to Give; the film was never completed. Monroe was consistently disruptive and ill during the film’s production and was fired on June 8, 1962. 20thCentury Fox was also fearful of the film going over budget -- at the same time rumors of budget overruns for their blockbuster film Cleopatra were running rampant. Additionally, actor Dean Martin refused to work with any leading lady other than Monroe, signaling the demise of the film. Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962.

Fox released some limited clips from the unfinished film in a documentary entitled Marilyn, which was released in 1963. In 1990, more than nine hours of unedited footage from Something Got to Give was discovered in the 20th Century Fox vault. The footage was used in a TV special for the Fox network in 1990.

Bidding for the scripts begins at $20,000 each.






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