Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Howard Hawks and Marilyn Monroe on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Howard said Marilyn wasn’t as difficult as she later became after the film made her an enduring superstar.  Howard’s quote was perhaps directed at Billy Wilder, who worked with Marilyn twice after she became a superstar.

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Marilyn Monroe and George Winslow in an original publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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

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Howard Hawks did not direct Marilyn Monroe performing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), leaving it up to talented musical technicians.

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Marilyn Monroe in an original publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) singing Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.

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Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Marilyn Monroe bests Rita Hayworth in Gilda in her breaktrhough performance as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Monkey Business

Marilyn Monroe as Miss Laurel in a publicity still for Monkey Business (1952)

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Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in a poorly colored scene from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Marilyn Monroe behind the scenes of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater’s publicity stunt a few days before the premiere of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee in the much copied “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

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Marilyn and Jane in an original publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with George Davis as Pierre, the French taxi cab driver.

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Marilyn Monroe sings “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  The song was written for the 1949 Broadway musical and originally sung by Carol Channing.

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Marilyn Monroe with the original soundtrack album of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  It was her first musical, and the film that made her an enduring superstar.