Tuesday video: Marilyn smokes up

After sitting in an attic for 50-plus years, a short home movie of Marilyn Monroe  has surfaced in which the actress is seen sitting on a couch with a couple of friends. The fact that any new clip of Marilyn has appeared is newsworthy, but most of the headlines about it focus on the fact that she’s puffing on what is allegedly a marijuana cigarette.

What’s incredible to me about this video, though, is not what Marilyn is smoking, but who she’s smoking with.  Is it just me, or does anyone else see some subtext here?


Maybe Marilyn just flirts with everyone, and maybe everyone just falls in love with her, men and women alike. But wow, that’s one cozy scene.

Out of curiosity, I did a quick google search on “Marilyn Monroe lesbian.” Supposedly, she acknowledged having a fling with Joan Crawford, though it went nowhere. An interesting bit of fan arcana, but most enjoyable is this photo of Crawford included with the cinematical.com story about it:


Yikes! Nice guns!

5 responses to “Tuesday video: Marilyn smokes up”

  1. Rogan says:

    Marilyn and Joan were HOT! Not that you dwell on it, but I don’t get why they think the smoke is MJ. On the one hand, they are passing it around like a joint and everyone looks happy and relaxed. On the other hand, it looks like a cigarette, and she doesn’t hold her smoke. I think they are just sharing a cigarette among the girls.

  2. LP says:

    From an AFP story about the video: “The reason we know for a fact it’s marijuana is the lady who shot it, she’s still alive,” Morgan told AFP. “She rolled up the joint and handed it over to Marilyn.”

  3. Rachel says:

    LP, you made my day with this video.

  4. LP says:

    Glad you like it, Rachel – I keep watching it too.. there’s something really mesmerizing about her!

  5. Dave says:

    Wow, she’s something, isn’t she? What amazing footage.