‘Some Like It Hot’ Behind the Scenes and Up Close

Not an Easy Nut to Crack

The plan was to get Frank Sinatra to play one part and Mitzi Gaynor to play the other. After about a week the program changed. Sinatra was cut from the script after not showing up to a lunch meeting with Wilder. With the bad news came good news as well as shortly after, Billy would get a call from Marylin Monroe saying she would like to do another movie together.

Actors Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis perform a scene in movie ‘Some Like It Hot’ directed by Billy Wilder. ‘Some Like It Hot’ won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Billy would go on to say; “Now that we got Tony Curtis, and Marylin Monroe, we don’t need Sinatra, Jack Lemmon is a big enough star!”

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