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    20th Century-Fox Fires Marilyn Monroe from "Something's Got to Give." Offered is a historically important carbon-typewritten letter from 20th Century-Fox to Marilyn Monroe. Content of the letter is to notify Monroe she has been terminated from her role in Something's Got to Give. One original and three carbon copies of each studio letter or contract, each signed in ink, were usually created. One was kept by the studio, one went to the studio's lawyer, one went to the recipient, and one was for the recipient's lawyer.

    Something's Got to Give began production in April 1962. Before shooting began, Monroe had committed (and received consent from producer Henry Weinstein) to perform at JFK's birthday tribute in New York to held in May. On April 23rd, the first day of filming, Monroe called Weinstein telling him she had a severe sinus infection. A studio doctor confirmed her condition and concluded it would be a month before she could appear on the set. Scenes were shot around her, but she still performed at JFK's birthday tribute, making director George Cukor furious. When she returned to the set, she further provoked Cukor by swimming nude during filming and distracting the staff. Not long after this incident, she had a relapse of her sinus infection, and again delayed shooting. By this time, she had missed 17 out of 30 shooting days. Cukor urged that she be released, thereby prompting the letter. After negotiations between most of the parties involved, Monroe was re-hired, Cukor was replaced and production was scheduled to resume in October 1962. Monroe died on August 5th and the film project was terminated.

    The two-page letter is in Fine condition with two staple holes in the upper left corner of each sheet. This is one of the most important Monroe-related letters ever to be offered for sale and would be the cornerstone of a film or Marilyn Monroe collection. Accompanied by a COA from John Reznikoff, PSA/DNA.

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