Jackie, Marilyn … and a Hatful of Truman

Photographer turned film producer Tony McGee is developing a film about Marilyn and Jackie Kennedy for his McGee Films company, Deadline reports.

“Elsewhere, the company is developing a film about the relationship between Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, tentatively titled Jackie & Marilyn: The Hat Box, which explores a meeting between the pair at Truman Capote’s apartment in July of 1962, four weeks before Marilyn Monroe was found dead from an apparent drug overdose.

Tony McGee added, ‘Going forward as a company, we have our goals set on producing a feature film, also written by and featuring Max [McGee] and directed by myself in the beginning of 2021. The film explores the relationship between Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe and the events leading up to Marilyn’s unfortunate premature passing. The character of Truman Capote is also explored, as well as life in New York during the 1960s.'”

Jackie & Marilyn: The Hat Box was previously announced as a short film via a casting call on the Backstage website in 2019, and may have its roots in a bizarre news story which I covered on ES Updates back in 2013. For the reasons given below, I find the story hard to believe. And with the Netflix movie Blonde due in 2021, and a BBC drama also in development, that’s more than enough Monroe fiction without adding fake news into the mix.

“A late contender for most bizarre Marilyn story of the year comes from John Cohan – self-professed ‘psychic to the stars’ and alleged confidant of the late Truman Capote – claims to have seen a thirty-minute home movie, filmed in secret by Capote, of a confrontation between Marilyn and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (about Monroe’s supposed affair with the President) at Capote’s New York apartment in 1962.

Cohan says that the film was sold to US TV host Merv Griffin before Capote’s death in 1984. Griffin died in 2007 … I don’t really know where to begin explaining my extreme scepticism about this story. Suffice it to say that camera equipment was much larger and noisier in 1962, making it near impossible to film in secret … there is no evidence that Marilyn and Jackie ever met. If you want real insight into MM, read Capote’s essay, ‘A Beautiful Child’.”