Was girl in 'stag' film the young Monroe?
The protectors of Marilyn Monroe's image say a collector who wants $500,000 for a short 1940s stag film is committing fraud and violating the actress's intellectual property rights by claiming it shows her having sex when she was under age.
Mikel Barsa, a Spanish events promoter, insists the scratchy six-minute film, made around 1946 or 1947, shows the young actress, known then as Norma Jeane Baker, when she was poor and desperate to break into showbusiness.
Experts say it is highly unlikely that the woman in the film is Monroe. Comparing the film with known Monroe images leaves ample room for doubt. Mr Barsa maintains it is Monroe, and says he'll broker the sale anyway. "It's always the same story when it comes toMarilyn – to deny, deny, deny and to threaten," he said.
He guesses the film was made in the months before Monroe signed on with 20th Century Fox in 1947. Monroe "wasn't a prude", said Lois Banner, who wrote MM-Personal: From the Private Arch- ive of Marilyn Monroe. But she also considers it doubtful that financial difficulties would have put her in such a spot. Even at her poorest in 1947, Monroe had a wealthy couple helping out by providing her with $100 a week, she said. (AP)
TVJamie's Sugar Rush reveal's campaigning chef's new foe
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 4 Bob Geldof offers to take four refugee families into his home 'immediately' as he condemns humanitarian crisis as a ‘f**king disgrace'
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Three million books were judged by their covers - this is what happened
Anne Hathaway is already being stung by Hollywood ageism, aged 32
No Escape, film review: Thriller generates plenty of excitement but soon collapses
The Lobster trailer: Colin Farrell has 45 days to find a lover or he'll be turned into an animal
Spanish town saved by botched restoration of century-old Christian 'Ecce Homo' fresco of Jesus
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be