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AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS PREMIERES
MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS
JUNE 1 at 8 p.m. ET
Two-Hour Documentary Features The Premiere of 37-Minute Reconstruction
of Monroe’s Final Film, “Something’s Got to Give”
JERICHO, NY, April 18, 2001 -- Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s birth, AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS (AMC) presents a feature-length documentary chronicling the tragic last months in the life of Hollywood’s definitive sex symbol. The documentary offers the premiere of the edited, 37-minute reconstruction of her final film, “Something’s Got to Give.” MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS airs Friday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Narrated by James Coburn, MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS includes rare and never-before-seen film footage and production stills as well as candid moments of Monroe on the set, and in costume, hair and make-up tests. One restored scene reveals a playful and sexy Monroe during the filming of her infamous nude swim scene, the first ever by a major American actress.
The original documentary, MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS, candidly discloses the intimate details surrounding the production of Monroe’s final film, including her battle with 20th Century Fox and director George Cukor over the creative direction of “Something’s Got to Give.” Monroe’s personal physician, Dr. Hyman Engelberg, speaks publicly for the first time in nearly 40 years about Monroe’s emotional instability, chemical dependency, and generally poor health during the period of filming. Also featured are interviews with co-star Cyd Charisse, “Something’s Got to Give” producer Henry Weinstein and screenwriter Walter Bernstein.
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On April 23, 1962 Marilyn Monroe was slated to go before the cameras in the breezy remake of the Cary Grant/Irene Dunne screwball comedy, "My Favorite Wife," now titled “Something’s Got to Give.” The film featured Monroe as a woman who, after being stranded on a desert island for five years, returns home only to find herself declared legally dead, and her husband (played by Dean Martin) remarried to another woman (Cyd Charisse). The studio was already embroiled in financial crises over the skyrocketing budget of "Cleopatra" and costly delays for script rewrites on “Something’s Got to Give” when it received another blow – Monroe was too sick to work.
Although Monroe reported to work for the first time a week later, her illnesses continued to plague her and led to her absence from the set 17 of 30 days. The production quickly crumbled without its star.
On June 8, 1962 the studio fired Monroe. In response to rumors around the studio that the sex symbol’s career was now over, Monroe helped ignite a firestorm of positive personal publicity. Freelance photographer George Barris was granted unprecedented access to her for a series of revealing photo sessions. Photographs from these famed sessions are also included in the documentary.
Monroe’s publicity campaign against the studio was successful. On August 1, 1962, she signed a $1-million dollar two-picture contract with Fox and plans were made to resume production on “Something’s Got to Give.” The actress had every reason to celebrate. But tragically on August 5, Marilyn Monroe died of an apparent drug overdose, bringing the final chapter of the film – and her life – to a close… until now.
After languishing for nearly 40 years in 20th Century Fox’s vault, approximately 500 minutes of footage from “Something’s Got to Give” has been painstakingly restored to its original splendor using state-of-the-art digital technology. Presented as it would have appeared on the big screen, the reconstituted film reveals the sweet and always stunning screen performance of Monroe, playing the role of wife and mother. It is one last look at a film that might have been – and a star who will live on screen forever.
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The world premiere of MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS, is a part of AMC’s day-long celebration of Marilyn Monroe’s 75th birth anniversary entitled Pure Platinum: AMC Celebrates Marilyn Monroe hosted by Academy Award winning actress, Mira Sorvino. AMC will present an entire day of Marilyn Monroe films beginning at 10 AM (ET) on June 1.
The schedule for Pure Platinum: AMC Celebrates Marilyn Monroe:
10:00 AM LADIES OF THE CHORUS (1949)
11:05 AM WE’RE NOT MARRIED (1952)
12:30 PM O. HENRY’S FULL HOUSE (1952)
2:35 PM HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953)
4:15 PM BACKSTORY: BUS STOP
4:45 PM BUS STOP (1956)
6:30 PM GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953)
8:00 PM World Premiere of MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS
10:00 PM MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS
12:00 AM HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953)
2:00 AM MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS
4:00 AM IRVING BERLIN’S THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS
Launching May 29, 2001, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment launches Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection, featuring the debut of her most celebrated and colorful films on DVD, and their re-release on VHS, following an exhaustive film restoration process. This definitive collection showcases many of the best films of the “number one female entertainer in the past 50 years” (Entertainment Weekly), breathtakingly presented in a form that rivals their original theatrical release. The “Diamond Collection” features The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, There’s No Business Like Show Business and Bus Stop, canvassing the career of this
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enduring legend who remains as relevant and popular today as ever. Available individually, the films are also presented in a special collectors gift set on DVD and VHS, that includes the bonus original program Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days.
MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS, an AMC Hollywood Lives and Legends Special, is produced by Prometheus Entertainment in association with Van Ness Films, Inc., Foxstar Productions, Fox Television Studios and American Movie Classics. Kevin Burns executive produced the special, Patty Ivins served as producer and director, Jason Fine was associate producer and Tori Rodman was editor on the program. David Sehring is executive producer for American Movie Classics.
AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS is the nation's premier classic movie network, bringing timeless favorites to a broad audience by placing them in a fresh and contemporary context. Award -winning original documentaries, series and specials are infused with the energy and excitement of Hollywood past and present. Launched in 1984, AMC is currently available in 77 million homes.
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