Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in an original publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Elliot Reid, Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe and Tommy Noonan all lived happily ever after in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell on the cover of a defunct movie magazine with an unknown man and a copy of the soundtrack album for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in an autographed original publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe and Elliot Reid in an original publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe behind the scenes of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  It was the second time Howard Hawks worked with both actresses.  He worked briefly with Jane Russell when he began shooting The Outlaw in 1941, and his previous film, Monkey Business, featured Marilyn as the second female lead.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in one of the musical sequences in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Howard Hawks took no part in the songs and dances, leaving it to those with experience in such things.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell pose behind the scenes of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

The Outlaw

Jane Russell, Jack Buetel and Walter Huston in an original publicity still for The Outlaw (1943)

The Outlaw

Jane Russell and Jack Buetel on the set of The Outlaw (1943)

The Outlaw

Jane Russell and Jack Buetel in a scene from The Outlaw (1943)

The Outlaw

Jane Russell in one of the many publicity stills she took for The Outlaw (1943).  The film itself is mediocre, so the focus on her body was necessary for its box office appeal.

The Outlaw

Jane Russell and Jack Buetel behind the scenes of The Outlaw (1943).  It was the third Howard Hawks release of the year, after Air Force and his production Corvette K225.  Hawks’ involvement in The Outlaw was limited to directing the first few scenes only.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe at Grauman’s Chinese Theater for a ceremony to promote Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (19530

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell in costume from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Other people and circumstances of the photo unknown.