This blue dress worn by model Christie Brinkley at this week’s Tony Awards is reminiscent of the costume designed by Travilla for Marilyn’s ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
On Monday, July 11, at sunset (between 8-9pm) in Bryant Park, NYC. Part of the HBO Summer Film Festival, which includes other classics from Hollywood’s golden era (High Sierra, The Lady Eve) as well as more recent film favourites.
To win reserved seats and other HBO prizes, visit the Bryant Park Blog before Thursday, May 19.
“Jack Cole and Robert Alton were the two everyone wanted to dance for. I remember during rehearsal Cole was sitting in his chair and he got up to demonstrate. It was an explosion of dance.
I’m so glad I got to work once for him in that incredible number. He made Jane Russell look so good too.
I loved that time in my life. I was part of the last generation. You would come to work, everyone’s in rehearsal clothes. For filming, you’re all in costume and make up. And there’s that lovely shiny floor…
You’ve been rehearsing to a piano. When they play the orchestra music on the set, it gives you energy you didn’t have. It gives you adrenaline.”
Chakiris is best known for his role as Bernardo, leader of The Sharks, in West Side Story (1963.) In the dance number, ‘America’, a peeling billboard for The Misfits, with a painting of Marilyn’s face, can be glimpsed. It was filmed in New York in 1962, where the Metropolitan Opera now stands.
The top 3 were much as I expected, but I was surprised that All About Eve – a classic for sure, but only a minor part for Marilyn – rated so highly, and that There’s No Business Like Show Business made the list while River of No Return and Let’s Make Love did not.
Personally, I would place Bus Stop much higher, and I’d also include one of MM’s lesser-known starring roles, in Don’t Bother to Knock. What would your choices be?