A Marilyn Monroe nude scene that people thought had been destroyed long ago has been rediscovered—but it's not clear whether it will ever be released. The scene from 1961's The Misfits, the last movie that Monroe completed before her death, was kept by producer Frank Taylor, and his son has been keeping it in a locked cabinet since his father's 1999 death, author Charles Castillo discovered while researching new book Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon. The scene, in which Monroe drops a sheet during a love scene with Clark Gable, would have been one of the first nude scenes featuring an "American actress in a major production in the sound era of film," according to Deadline.
The scene was Monroe's idea, but director John Huston decided it was unnecessary and didn't include it in the final version of the film, which was written by Arthur Miller, Monroe's then-husband, reports the HuffPost. Monroe appeared in a similar scene in her next movie, Something's Got to Give, which was never completed. Curtice Taylor, the producer's son, still hasn't decided what to do with the footage. Jezebel notes that the discovery of the footage poses some "tricky issues," especially since Castillo's book recounts Monroe's grim history of sexual abuse and exploitation. (Hugh Hefner, who used Monroe's photos without her consent in the first Playboy, paid $75,000 to be buried next to her.)