NYC’s 61-Year Itch for Marilyn

On September 15, 1954 – 61 years ago – Marilyn filmed the ‘subway scene’ from The Seven Year Itch on the streets of New York. This anniversary is noted by several media outlets today, although most focus on the iconic photos taken on location and its allegedly disastrous impact on Marilyn’s marriage to Joe DiMaggio than its place in the movie. Most of the footage was unusable, due to the noise of the crowd who had gathered to watch. The scene would later be re-shot in Hollywood, and is surprisingly tame. Nonetheless, The Seven Year Itch became one of Marilyn’s most popular films, and the original shoot remains one of the great publicity stunts of all time.

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