Tuesday 24 October 2017

Marilyn Monroe 'was jealous of Elizabeth Taylor's success'

Marilyn Monroe (left) and Elizabeth Taylor
Marilyn Monroe (left) and Elizabeth Taylor

MARILYN Monroe posed nude because she was jealous of fellow beauty Elizabeth Taylor's success, according to a new memoir.

In an extract of Lawrence Schiller's soon-to-be-released memoir, 'Marilyn & Me', published by Vanity Fair, the dead star said she would be naked coming out of a swimming pool as part of a photo shoot.

The only condition of doing so however, was that Taylor would not appear anywhere in magazines where they featured.

According to Schiller, Monroe said: "Larry, if I do come out of the pool with nothing on, I want your guarantee that when your pictures appear on the covers of magazines Elizabeth Taylor is not anywhere in the same issue."

Monroe was apparently determined to prove her own worth to film bosses – in her last role in 'Something's Gotta Give', she was only paid $100,000, while Taylor got $1 million as 'Cleopatra'.

During her conversations with Schiller, between 1960 and 1962, when she died aged 36, she told him: "There isn't anybody that looks like me without clothes on".

While she recognised her own appeal, she also lamented to the photographer: "It's still about nudity. Is that all I'm good for?"

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