Pictures of Marilyn Monroe’s naked corpse were taken just hours after her death, new documentary reveals – after a famous photographer gained access to the morgue by bribing guards with alcohol
- Photographer Leigh Wiener shot five rolls of film inside the morgue housing Marilyn Monroe’s body following her death on August 4, 1962
- He sent three rolls to LIFE magazine, but held on to two other rolls which featured images of the actress’s naked corpse
- Wiener reportedly stored the images in a safe deposit box and never revealed their location prior to his death in 1993
- The details are revealed by his son, Devick, in the new three-part documentary series Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe
Two rolls of film featuring photographs of Marilyn Monroe’s naked corpse remain hidden nearly six decades after her death, a new documentary series reveals.
Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe, which premieres Sunday on the Fox News Channel, features an interview with the son of the photographer who captured the images of the Hollywood icon as she lay on a tray inside a Los Angeles morgue.
Devik Wiener, the son of famed snapper Leigh Wiener, reveals how his father bribed his way into the coroner’s quarters just hours after the Some Like It Hot star was found dead in her bed on August 4, 1962.
‘It wasn’t the first time he utilized a couple of bottles of scotch to get into an area that was off limits,’ Devik explains in the docu-series.
‘He offered a drink to a couple of the guys, and the next thing you know he was in the back’.
Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe, which premieres Sunday on the Fox News Channel, features an interview with the son of photographer Leigh Wiener, who took images of the actress before and after her death. Wiener snapped the above photo of Monroe just weeks before she died
Monroe’s corpse is pictured being wheeled into the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office on August 5, 1962
Leigh shot three rolls of film he sent to LIFE magazine, including an image that showed a toe tag being placed Monroe’s lifeless foot.
That image was beamed right around the world, but, according to Devik, it was far from the most scandalous image snapped on the night.
Leigh allegedly shot two more rolls of film containing images of Monroe’s nude corpse.
‘The last two rolls, which contained imagery beyond just the toe tag, he took back to his own studio and claims to have processed, examined, and then very quickly put into a safe deposit box,’ Devik reveals, saying he didn’t believe the photos were fit for public consumption.
Leigh’s son, Devick Wiener, is seen in Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe
Leigh Wiener shot three rolls of film he sent to LIFE magazine, including an image that showed a toe tag being placed Monroe’s lifeless foot
Leigh – who was a famous freelance photographer for LIFE magazine – passed away in 1993 without ever revealing the location of his scandalous Monroe photos
Leigh passed away in 1993 without ever revealing the location of the photos.
‘He actually died with that mystery,’ Devik states.
Given Marilyn Monroe’s status as one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th Century, as well as the long-standing intrigue surrounding her death, the photos would undoubtedly sell for an enormous sum.
Meanwhile, a separate image of Monroe taken shortly after her death (which was not snapped by Leigh) stunned fans after it was leaked in the days following her passing.
It showed the actress with a white sheet up to her chin as her face appeared gaunt and drained of color.
A separate image of Monroe taken shortly after her death (which was not snapped by Leigh) stunned fans after it was leaked in the days following her passing
Monroe’s body was left unclaimed in the morgue for more than 24 hours – a fact also discussed in Fox News Channel’s new three-part documentary series.
Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe also includes interviews with biographers Keith Badman and Charles Casillo and features digitally re-mastered versions of original film reels of footage following the actress’s death.
Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe premieres this Sunday, August 18th at 8PM/ET.
Monroe remains one of the 20th century’s most enduring icons