Trivia Questions: Was Charlie Sheen The First By Gregory Hilton


QUESTION: The big Hollywood news this week is the cancellation of Charlie Sheen’s popular TV sitcom because of his bad behavior. Has an incident similar to this ever happened before?

ANSWER: Several times. One of the most famous was the 1962 movie “Something’s Got to Give.” Marilyn Monroe, 36, reported for work on only 12 of the first 35 days of production.
She was fired in May of that year and 20th Century Fox sued her for $500,000. They also announced that Lee Remick, 27, would replace Monroe at a greatly reduced salary, $80,000.
The plan fell through because co-star Dean Martin would not agree to the switch. Fox then signed a $1 million deal with Monroe and production was re-scheduled for September, but the actress died on August 5th.
Back in May, Variety quoted Remick as saying “I feel Marilyn should have been replaced. I don’t believe actors should be allowed to get away with that type of behavior. I don’t know whether to feel sorry for her or not. The movie business is crumbling down around our ears because of that type of behavior.”
The story is told in “Marilyn: The Last Take” by Peter Brown. According to author, years later Remick (see photo) said “Marilyn and I were as different as two actresses can be. But the studio told me, ‘We have a contract with you, and we want you to fulfill your obligation.’ . . I make movies for grownups. When Hollywood starts making them again, I’ll start acting in them again.”
At the age of 55, Remick died of cancer in 1991. Her death was overshadowed the next day when Michael Landon, 54, also died of cancer.

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