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24 September 2014
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Unseen Marilyn Monroe footage unearthed after 50 years in loft

The People's Hollywood, BBC ONE, Sunday 9 November, 10.30pm

Marilyn Monroe (from footage unearthed after 50 years in a loft)
The People's Hollywood has unearthed a goldmine with a piece of footage that has been lost for half a century.

The footage, shot 50 years ago by Peter Mangone, has never been seen before on national television and features one of Hollywood's most sought after superstars - Marilyn Monroe.

The film was discovered by Peter's brother last year when he was clearing out the attic after their father died. Since that moment, Peter's world has turned upside down and he's still overwhelmed with excitement about the rediscovery.

Peter, now a hairdresser in Florida, spent much of the winter of 1955 outside Marilyn's hotel until the day she agreed to let him come shopping with her and film their afternoon together. Marilyn was 29 at the time, and every bit the sexy icon.

In Peter's film she looks at the camera, blows a kiss, yawns, stumbles and seems happy to let the teenager tag along.

An intimate history of Hollywood told by the friends, fans and colleagues of the major movie stars, from the 1930s to today, this programme has unearthed an extraordinary archive of never-been-seen home movie footage including vintage films of Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Steve McQueen and other stars of the big screen.

Peter is euphoric about his film's potential value and believes it's worth millions. Judging by the recent Christies auction of John Lennon footage at $46,000, he should be looking at a high price.

He has chosen to showcase his precious footage for the first time in the UK on The People's Hollywood.

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