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ClearDot.gif (85 bytes) The Roles Marilyn Missed (cont.)
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Another movie which Marilyn refused to film for Fox was "The Revolt Of Mamie Stover", about a dance hall girl from the West Coast who moves to Hawaii and sets up a brothel in the pre-Pearl Harbor attack days. Jane Russell stepped in to take on the role.

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“Breakfast At Tiffany's”
had a part specially written for Marilyn

Other films which Marilyn refused to make for Fox were "Can Can", "Size 12", and "The Stripper". The latter was based on a play by William Inge, who wrote "Bus Stop" and tells the story of a small town girl who wins a beauty contest and leaves home for a Hollywood screen test. She fails the test and ends up stripping for a living. Joanne Woodward took over the part.

Some of the films which Marilyn wanted to do and never got the chance included "Breakfast At Tiffany's" which had a part specially written for Marilyn—a part she was interested in filming. But it was made at Paramount with Audrey Hepburn in the starring role.

Marilyn also wanted to appear as the dizzy blonde in "Guys and Dolls" with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, but the comedy role went to Vivienne Blaine who had played the part in the Broadway show.  

Marilyn had hoped to star in the 1959 movie "Middle Of The Night", but the film was produced by Columbia and the part went to Kim Novak. Interestingly, Harry Cohn, head of Columbia had specifically ordered his studio to discover another Marilyn. They found beauty queen Marilyn Novak, then changed her first name to Kim. Kim also starred in the third film version of Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage". Director Henry Hathaway had wanted Marilyn as his lead from the very beginning, but by the time the film eventually went into production, she had died.

Another movie Marilyn wished to appear in was "Pillow Talk" where she would have played opposite Rock Hudson, but Doris Day was cast instead.

Billy Wilder, who had directed Marilyn in "The Seven Year Itch" and Some Like It Hot", realized her talent as a comedienne, despite the on-off feuds the two of them had, and it was widely rumored that he had offered her the title role in "Irma La Douce". However, the movie was made after her death in 1963 with Shirley MacLaine as Irma.

Had Marilyn and Wilder hit it off better, she might have ended up with the lead in "The Apartment" with Jack Lemmon, which also went to Shirley MacLaine.

Certainly, a Billy Wilder-Marilyn Monroe partnership on "The Apartment" and "Irma La Douce" and the other, more significant films would have left a stronger Monroe film heritage. A sad case of what-might-have-been.psst! Magazine

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