Marilyn ‘Kissed’ in Coca Cola Ad

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Marilyn is one of several vintage stars featured in a new ad campaign marking the centenary of the iconic Coca Cola bottle. The original photo was taken by Edward Clark on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with co-star Jane Russell, as the two women took a break from filming the ‘Two Little Girls From Little Rock’ number which opens the 1953 movie.

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Elvis Presley and Ray Charles also feature in the new campaign. Marilyn’s ad has already been spotted on a giant billboard just across the street from Coca Cola’s offices in downtown Toronto, Canada.

 Marilyn was seen sipping Coca Cola on a few other occasions:

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During filming of ‘Love Nest’ (1951)
Photo session, ca 1951-52
Photo session, ca 1951-52
Also from the 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' era
Also from the ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ era

Some of these may have been promotional shots, and it’s uncertain whether Marilyn regularly drank Coke. However, this photo of an off-duty Marilyn sipping Coca Cola through a straw seems more like ‘the real thing!’

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With Milton Greene and Arthur Miller, NYC (1956)

A boxed set of books, Coca Cola: Film/Music/Sports, was published by Assouline last year – with Edward Clark’s photo of Marilyn featured on Coca Cola: Film‘s cover.

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