Monday, December 24, 2012

She's still got it.

Fifty years after her death, Marilyn Monroe can still catch a man's eye and turn his head. 

This iconic image of MM was snapped in Manhattan early on a September morning in 1954 while she filmed a scene for the movie "The Seven Year Itch".  The subway grate she perched atop was located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street.  Technicians positioned below aimed fans upward to billow MM's white halter dress and expose her undies--a double pair, by the way.  This was the mid-50's after all and besides, uber-jealous hubby Joe DiMaggio was lurking nearby on the set.

Fourteen takes of the scene were shot, but because of the large, disruptive crowd that had gathered, none were deemed usable by Director Billy Wilder.  He recreated it later on a movie sound stage with a much more modest knee-level exposure of MM's gams.  Of course, the salacious original photos were chosen to publicize the film.

The dress sold at auction recently for about five million dollars.  This guy's pants shouldn't be sold PERIOD. 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


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