Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell departs for Europe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Anita Loos originally based her 1925 novel in part on a European voyage she once took with the US Olympic team.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).    To prepare for the film, Marilyn attended the current Broadway production with Carol Channing in her part every night for a month.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe snap their fingers in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Marilyn was plagued with self doubt during the filming but Jane was always very supportive.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Howard Hawks did not direct any of the musical numbers in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), including Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, as he had no experience or interest in that aspect of film making, delegating the scenes to choreographer Jack Cole.

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Marilyn Monroe behind the scenes of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

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Marilyn Monroe in a Technicolor wardrobe test for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), the film that made her a superstar.  Previously, she was seen mostly in small parts (The Asphalt Jungle, All About Eve), and mediocre films at Twentieth Century Fox (Don’t Bother to Knock).  She was the second female lead the year before in Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business and started to make a strong impression in Niagara, her first Technicolor feature.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe were a rarity in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), girlfriends who were supportive of each other and enjoyed each other’s company.  The stereotype at the time was best seen in The Women (1939) where women are bitter enemies and rivals for a man’s attention before they are friends.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee learns a new way to wear diamonds in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe are just two little girls from Little Rock in the opening musical number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), although they’re not in the least bit southern, and they certainly aren’t little girls.

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Marilyn Monroe in an awkward situation in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), the film that made her a superstar.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe proclaims Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Knowing he had no experience, or interest, Howard Hawks left the musical parts of the film for choreographer Jack Cole to direct.  Jack’s assistant was dancer Gwen Verdon.

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Marilyn Monroe shows off the engagement ring she got from Tommy Noonan to Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Charles Coburn has a heart to heart with Marilyn Monroe on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)