Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Star of the Month - Marilyn Monroe
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1952 musical comedy starring Marilyn Monroe as a blonde fortune hunter and Jane Russell as her flirty sidekick.
|Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell write their names|
|...The finished product|
The film is based on the Broadway musical of the same name, and includes three songs from the show: "Just Two Little Girls From Little Rock", "Bye, Bye Baby" and the immortal "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend". Two new songs were written for the film: "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love?" and "When Love Goes Wrong, Nothing Goes Right".
At the premiere of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' Marilyn and Jane pressed their hands and footprints into cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
The film received great reviews and grossed more than double its production costs. It was followed by a sequel in 1955, "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes", again starring Jane Russell - but sadly no Marilyn.
Diamonds are a girls best friend
|Marilyn as Lorelei sings "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"|
YouTube videos for each of these performances are available below:
Marilyn Monroe - "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"
Madonna - "Material Girl"
Kylie Minogue - Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
Other inspirationJane Russell's sequence "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love" inspired Kylie Minogue's 'Whatever Kylie Wants Kylie Gets' sequence in her 2005 Showgirl Tour.
Jane Russell - "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love?"
Kylie Minogue - "Red Blooded Woman/Where The Wild Roses Grow" (live from Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour, 2005)
Other musical highlightsSong: "Bye Bye Baby" - Jane Russell & Marilyn Monroe
Song: "When Love Goes Wrong, Nothing Goes Right" - Jane Russell & Marilyn Monroe
- Marilyn Monroe replaced Betty Gable, who was originally meant to star as Lorelei
- Marilyn Monroe was payed a salary of only $18,000, while Jane Russell was paid more than $100,000