Marilyn Monroe during the filming of Bus Stop, 1956.
Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Yousuf Karsh, 1956.
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Willy Rizzo while rehearsing for Funny Face, 1956.
Marilyn Monroe in Don’t Bother To Knock (1952).
Tolochenaz Cemetery in Tolochenaz, Switzerland.
To put it short (as it’s quite complicated I guess, I highly recommend you watch Marilyn Monroe The Final Days documentary to learn more about this), Marilyn only showed up to work 12 days out of a possible 33. She was ill a lot (fever, headaches, chronic sinusitis and bronchitis) and once refused to work with Dean Martin because he had a cold. It probably didn’t help much that she flew to New York to sing Happy Birthday to President JFK when she was too ill to work (although studio documents released after her death confirm that her appearance at the event was infact approved by Fox executives). I feel so sorry for Marilyn because she clearly really wanted to do the film, which is shown especially during her costume test photo’s and the nude swimming pool scene. I also would’ve been very angry and hurt (as I’m sure Marilyn was) about the way Fox treated her like crap (sorry this angers me a lot) as opposed to the way they treated Elizabeth Taylor like an absolute queen during the filming of Cleopatra when that was millions over budget and Elizabeth Taylor was ill a lot of the time too - not just Marilyn. For example, on Marilyn’s (last) 36th birthday, she had to work the whole day and right at the end had a cake bought out and a small celebration whereas Elizabeth had a huuuuge celebration for her adding even more to the cost of the film. So basically Fox blamed Marilyn for the financial problems of Cleopatra and yeah so they fired her.