Marilyn Monroe’s Never Seen Before Footage

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We all remember that iconic scene of Marilyn Monroe’s dress flying up (too high) while posing for photographers during the filming of the subway grate scene for The Seven Year Itch in September 1954

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress and model. Famous for playing comic “dumb blonde” characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era’s attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. She continues to be considered a major popular culture icon.

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In September 1954, Monroe began filming Billy Wilder’s comedy The Seven Year Itch, in which she starred opposite Tom Ewell as a woman who becomes the object of her married neighbor’s sexual fantasies. Although the film was shot in Hollywood, the studio decided to generate advance publicity by staging the filming of a scene on Lexington Avenue in New York. In the shoot, Monroe is standing on a subway grate with the air blowing up the skirt of her white dress, which became one of the most famous scenes of her career. The shoot lasted for several hours and attracted a crowd of nearly 2,000 spectators, including professional photographers.

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While the publicity stunt placed Monroe on international front pages, it also marked the end of her marriage to DiMaggio, who was furious about the stunt. The union had been troubled from the start by his jealousy and controlling attitude; Spoto and Banner have also asserted that he was physically abusive. After returning to Hollywood, Monroe hired famous attorney Jerry Giesler and announced in October 1954 that she was filing for divorce.The Seven Year Itch was released the following June, and grossed over $4.5 million at the box office, making it one of the biggest commercial successes that year.

 

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President” is a song sung by actress and singer Marilyn Monroe on Saturday, May 19, 1962, for President John F. Kennedy at a celebration of his forty-fifth birthday, ten days before the actual date (Tuesday, May 29).

Monroe sang the traditional “Happy Birthday to You” lyrics in a sultry, intimate voice, with “Mr. President” inserted as Kennedy’s name. She continued the song with a snippet from the classic song, “Thanks for the Memory”, for which she had written new lyrics specifically aimed at Kennedy.

Thanks, Mr. President
For all the things you’ve done
The battles that you’ve won
The way you deal with U.S. Steel
And our problems by the ton
We thank you so much

Afterwards, as an enormous birthday cake was presented to him, President Kennedy came on stage and joked about Monroe’s version of the song, saying, “I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way,” alluding to Marilyn’s delivery, skintight dress, and image as a sex symbol.

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The dress Marilyn Monroe wore to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy, Jr. in 1962 is up for auction and is expected to sell for $3 million in November. The form-fitted, nude dress features 2,500 crystals and was designed by Jean Louis and Bob Mackie. It was so tight she had to be sewn into the dress. The current owner is a private investor who bought the dress at auction in 1999 for about $1.3 million. Monroe died less than three months after she gave that performance.

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I Wanna Be Loved by You” is a song written by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby, with lyrics by Bert Kalmar, for the 1928 musical “Good Boy”. It was chosen as one of the Songs of the Century in a survey by the RIAA (The Recording Industry Association of America) to which 200 people responded (out of 1300 asked). One of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous musical performances is her singing the song in Billy Wilder’s classic farce Some Like It Hot.

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“I Wanna Be Loved By You”

I wanna be loved by you, just you
And nobody else but you
I wanna be loved by you, alone!
Boop-boop-a-doop!

I wanna be kissed by you, just you
Nobody else but you
I wanna be kissed by you, alone

I couldn’t aspire
To anything higher
Than, filled with desire
To make you my own!
Boop-boop-a-doop, boop-boop-a-doop!

I wanna be loved by you, just you
Nobody else but you
I wanna be loved by you, alone!

I couldn’t aspire
To anything higher
Than, filled with desire
To make you my own
Bup-bum, butle-doodle-dumb-bum!

I wanna be loved by you, just you
Nobody else but you
I wanna be loved by you
Ba-deedly-deedly-deedly-dum-ba-boop-bee-doop

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“Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” is a song most famously performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Monroe’s character, Lorelei Lee, has been followed on a Transatlantic ocean liner by a detective hired by her fiance’s father, who wants assurance that she is not marrying purely for money. He is informed of compromising pictures taken with a British diamond mine owner and cancels her letter of credit before she arrives in France, requiring her to work in a nightclub to survive. Her fiance arrives at the cabaret to see her perform this song, about exploiting men for riches.


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Diamonds are an element in another story line in the film, in which Lorelei is given a diamond tiara by the mine owner, in gratitude for her recovering the photographs. In a later scene, Jane Russell, who played opposite Monroe, sang “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in court, while pretending to be Lorelei.

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“Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friends”

The French are glad to die for love
They delight in fighting duels
But I prefer a man who lives
And gives expensive jewels
A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend

A kiss may be grand
But it won’t pay the rental
On your humble flat
Or help you at the automat

Men grow cold
As girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end

But square-cut or pear-shaped
These rocks don’t loose their shape
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Tiffany’s
Cartier
Black Starr
Frost Gorham
Talk to me Harry Winston
Tell me all about it

There may come a time
When a lass needs a lawyer
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend

There may come a time
When a hard-boiled employer
Thinks you’re awful nice
But get that ice or else no dice

He’s your guy
When stocks are high
But beware when they start to descend

It’s then that those louses
Go back to their spouses
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

I’ve heard of affairs
That are strictly platonic
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend

And I think affairs
That you must keep liaisonic
Are better bets
If little pets get big baguettes

Time rolls on
And youth is gone
And you can’t straighten up when you bend

But stiff back
Or stiff knees
You stand straight at Tiffany’s

Diamonds
Diamonds
I don’t mean rhinestones
But diamonds are a girl’s best
Best friend

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According to The Guide to United States Popular Culture, “as an icon of American popular culture, Monroe’s few rivals in popularity include Elvis Presley and Mickey Mouse … no other star has ever inspired such a wide range of emotions – from lust to pity, from envy to remorse.”

Art historian Gail Levin has stated that Monroe may have been “the most photographed person of the 20th century”, and The American Film Institute has named her the sixth greatest female screen legend in American film history.


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The Smithsonian Institution has included her on their list of “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time”, and both Variety and VH1 have placed her in the top ten in their rankings of the greatest popular culture icons of the twentieth century.

Hundreds of books have been written about Monroe, she has been the subject of films, plays, operas, and songs, and has influenced artists and entertainers such as Andy Warhol and Madonna.

 


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She also remains a valuable brand: her image and name have been licensed for hundreds of products, and she has been featured in advertising for multinational corporations and brands such as Max Factor, Chanel, Mercedes-Benz, and Absolut Vodka.

 


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Monroe’s enduring popularity is linked to her conflicted public image. On the one hand, she remains a sex symbol, beauty icon and one of the most famous stars of classical Hollywood cinema.

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