Marilyn Monroe’s long-lost nude scene with Clarke Gable from 1961 movie 'The Misfits' has been re-discovered!

Marilyn Monroe's first nude scene, which was thought to have been destroyed, is uncovered 57 years after it was kept locked in a cabinet by 'The Misfits' producer.


                            Marilyn Monroe’s long-lost nude scene with Clarke Gable from 1961 movie 'The Misfits' has been re-discovered!

In 1961, Marilyn Monroe shot for, what would have been, one of the first nude scenes by an American actress in a major production. The scene never made it to the final version of the film 'The Misfits,' as director, John Huston reportedly felt it was not needed for the story, but Frank Taylor, the producer, saw it as groundbreaking and saved it in a locked cabinet for years.

And up until now, the footage was thought destroyed.

In the particular scene, featuring Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, the former dropped the bedsheet covering her body and exposing herself for the first time on camera, reports Deadline.

'The Misfits' was Monroe's last movie before her death at the age of 36.

The topic surfaced, and the scene was discovered by Charles Casillo, an author who was doing research for his upcoming book titled, "Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon."  Casillo reportedly spoke with Curtice Taylor, the son of movie producer Frank Taylor, who revealed that the historical footage had been stored away since 1999 in the cutting room floor.

'The Misfits' was also Gable’s last film before he died of a heart attack in November 1960, less than a month after he finished shooting the film. The film, written by Monroe’s then-husband, Arthur Miller, narrates the story of three cowboys vying for the attention of a beautiful woman, played by Monroe.

Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait laying on the grass in 1954 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)
Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait laying on the grass in 1954 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)

Casillo also told the Daily Mail that the nude scene wasn’t in the script. “If you read ['The Misfits'] script…it doesn’t say anything about nudity…When she did the scene, everyone was shocked on the set,” he explained, before noting that her co-star Clark Gable was in favor of including the footage in the movie. It is reportedly not clear what will happen with the newly found footage and if it will ever be released. 

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and changed her name to her mother's maiden name, Monroe. Monroe remains a pop culture phenomenon to date; we see her quotes and sayings almost everywhere on social media. She was well known for films that included 'Some Like it Hot,' 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' and 'How to Marry a Millionaire.'