Rare multi-signed photo of Monroe with Montand and Cukor on the set of Let's Make Love
Vintage matte-finish 10 x 8 photo of Monroe on the set of the 1960 musical comedy Let's Make Love with costar Yves Montand and director George Cukor, signed and inscribed in black ballpoint, "For Herbert, love & kisses, Marilyn Monroe." The photo is also signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint by Montand and Cukor. In very good to fine condition, with scattered creasing (heaviest to the upper left corner, and a light crease passing through Marilyn's left cheek), and light silvering to the darker areas of the image. Monroe remains among the most coveted of all Hollywood signatures, with signed photographs, more than essentially all other formats, rightly demanding the attention of interested bidders. The presence of additional signatures to a Monroe-signed photograph—especially those belonging to power players like Cukor and Montand, two men intrinsically linked to Monroe—is exceedingly rare, desirable, and, quite plausibly, a singular occurrence.
In 1955, Monroe entered into a new contract with 20th Century Fox that required her to star in four films within the next seven years. Following the success of films like Bus Stop, The Prince and the Showgirl, and Some Like It Hot, Monroe signed on to star in a movie then titled The Billionaire. Monroe and her husband Arthur Miller worked on the script to make it focus more on her character of Amanda and Montand was soon brought in as the male lead. The title was changed to Let's Make Love, George Cukor was brought in to direct, and production began in January 1960, the same year Monroe won a Golden Globe Award for Some Like It Hot. Let's Make Love received mixed reviews from critics and faired moderately at the box office, with Monroe, shortly before her death, commenting that the role of Amanda was the worst in her career. The film, perhaps, has become more synonymous for the much-publicized affair between its two lead stars—in a bizarre turn, 20th Century Fox used the tryst to garner salacious headlines during the film's publicity campaign.