Marilyn Monroe’s latest movie may explain the blonde bombshell’s notoriously bubbly personality.
In footage that has just come to light after being forgotten for half a century, the “Some Like it Hot” star is seen puffing on what the owner of the film says is a marijuana joint.
“I had it up in my attic all this time,” says the woman who shot the film, basically a home movie. The friend of Marilyn, who doesn’t want to be named publicly, said she regularly hung out with the starlet in the 50s, and thought nothing to be hanging out with her. “Home movies, that’s all it was,” she told NBCNewYork.com. “It was never a big deal for me.”
The source, younger than Marilyn at the time and now in her late 60s, says she even rolled the doobie for Monroe, but claims the smoking didn’t have that much of an effect on the starlet.
“It was all real casual, it was just friends hanging out," she said. "She was the same [after smoking] -- a little giggly.”
The woman worked as office administrator most of her life and didn’t realize the reel-to-reel film could be valuable, until she was put in contact with Manhattan gallery owner Keya Morgan, who has an extensive Marilyn Monroe collection, as well as historical presidential memorabilia.
“I’ve seen people with a $2 million [Abraham] Lincoln letter on their wall and I tell them how much it is worth and they’re like, ‘Wow,’” said Morgan, describing it as the “Antiques Roadshow affect.”
They released a 90-second clip of the footage to NBC New York today, but the entire clip is set to be auctioned off at a later date.
Morgan is now working with the friend of Marilyn, as well as numerous witnesses and retired law-enforcement agents, on a documentary about the star’s untimely demise in 1962, called “Marilyn Monroe: Murder on Fifth Helena Drive.”
The listed cause of death at the time was “probable suicide.”
“I am certain she was murdered,” said the friend. “The thing I want to get out is what a neat person she really was. She was just a delight, down to earth. If you didn’t know she was an actress, you couldn’t tell.”