A very rare footage of Marilyn and photographer George Barris. It was taken while Marilyn and George did their beach session photos in July 1962 by a passing tourist and given to George as a gift.
Marilyn Monroe was found dead on August 5, 1962, at her 12305 Fifth Helena Drive home in Los Angeles of a barbiturate overdose. She was a major sex symbol and one of the most popular Hollywood stars during the 1950s and early 1960s. She was a top-billed actress for a decade, and her films grossed $200 million by 1962.
At the time of her death, Monroe had suffered from mental illness and substance abuse for several years, and had not completed a film since The Misfits, released in 1961. She had spent 1961 preoccupied with her various health problems, and in April 1962 had begun filming Something’s Got to Give for 20th Century Fox, but was fired in early June. The studio publicly blamed her for the production’s problems, and in the weeks preceding her death, Monroe attempted to repair her public image by giving several interviews to high-profile publications. She also began negotiations with Fox on being re-hired for Something’s Got to Give and for starring roles in other productions.