Along with Jane Russell, her co-star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn’s foot and handprints were immortalised in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater, located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard on the historic ‘Walk of Fame’. To this day it remains a popular haunt for MM fans worldwide.
Born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell on June 21, 1921, in Bemidji, Minnesota.
A new, digitally restored print of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is currently touring in selected UK cinemas, and can be viewed in Ipswich on Thursday, June 24 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets for all films £6. Cash and cheques only, please. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance. There are no adverts before the films.
Marilyn Monroe’s legendary gold dress, designed by Travilla for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), features in this exhibition of Hollywood wardrobe design, at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Philadelphia until September 5th.
Marilyn wore the dress while singing ‘Down Boy’, but most of the scene was cut.
Nonetheless, Marilyn modelled the dress for some of her most famous studio portraits, and caused a sensation when she was once again sewn into it for her appearance at the Photoplay Awards in March 1953, to accept her award as ‘Fastest Rising Star’.
But is it the same dress that Marilyn wore, asks collector Scott Fortner today…