Tuesday, June 01, 2010

"Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" by Marilyn Monroe

Taken from Howard Hawks' 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - which is easily one of the giddiest musical comedies ever made - I can think of no greater tribute to the lady herself on what would have been her birthday than a demonstration of some of her finest work.

In 1985 the scene involving Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend was the subject of a famous homage by Madonna, but in 1953 it was merely one of those which literally cemented the reputation of both Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell when, at the film's premiere, the two had their hand- and foot-prints preserved for posterity at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Alas, plans to have the pair's bust-prints likewise enshrined had to be scrapped, as they would have posed a major safety hazard*.

*Okay, I made that last bit up! ~ MSM

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