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Marilyn Monroe's Long-Lost Nude Scene That Could Have Made History Has Been Found

The Times of Israel via Milton Greene

It has been more than 50 years since the iconic sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, was pronounced dead at the age of 36, and yet fascination about her life hasn't dwindled.

There were several defining moments of her career, and one of them has been found 57 years later.

Before Monroe became the most beautiful woman in the entertainment industry, she spent her early life moving from one foster home to another.

By the age of sixteen, Norma Jean Baker, which was the late actress' real name, got married to avoid being sent back to an orphanage.

When she signed her first movie contract in 1946, everything changed. She had a new name and dyed her hair blonde.

It took four years until her career took off, but when it did, it really changed her life.

Monroe's last film, The Misfits, which was released a year before her death in 1962, is considered one of her most important movies.

Not only was this movie her last, but there was footage of the blonde bombshell stripping naked, which would have made Monroe one of the first major Hollywood actresses to go nude on film in that era.

If Monroe hasn't made history enough, this footage would have been arguably one of the most iconic moments of her career!

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If you don't remember what happened in the movie, let me give you quick summary without spoiling it.

Monroe, who plays ex-stripper Roslyn Taber, is filing for divorce when she meets three cowboys.

The three men fall deeply in love with Monroe's character and try to win her heart.

The making of, what could have been, the iconic scene occurred when Monroe filmed a love scene with Clark Gable, who plays the character Gay Langland.

According to reports, she dropped her bed sheet and was completely naked.

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The footage was thought to have been destroyed by the director of the film, who said it was not needed for the story, but it turns out the producer, Frank Taylor, saved it.

The scene was discovered by author Charles Casillo, who was doing research for his upcoming book, Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon.

Curtice Taylor, son of the film's producer, revealed that the footage was locked in a cabinet since his father's death in 1999.

"A lot of times, unused takes were destroyed. But Frank Taylor believed that it was so important and so ground-breaking that he saved it," Curtice told Casillo, according to the Daily Mail.

Casillo believed that Monroe's only nude scene on film was in her last, uncompleted movie, Something's Got to Give.

"If you read [The Misfits] script… it doesn’t say anything about nudity… When she did the scene, everyone was shocked on the set ... Gable and others… wanted [it] to be left in. [The director, John] Huston didn’t… because he felt it… was totally unnecessary to the scene."

The footage reportedly lasts for 45 seconds, and according to Curtice, here's what happens:

"So Gable’s fully clothed. He comes into her bedroom. She’s asleep. He caresses and kisses her neck, turns her face around and gives her a good lip-lock. That exists in the scene in the [final] film - but not to the passionate degree of this one, which is much better."

When Gable leaves the room, Monroe holds up the sheet to put on her blouse, and then she drops it.

"Whenever she dropped the sheet, which she did a few times, Huston would say 'Cut, remember the sheet, Marilyn'."

As for what's to happen with the footage, no one knows yet.

Do you think the footage should be released to the public?

[H/T: Fox News]

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