Behind the Scenes of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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Along with The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes features Marilyn Monroe at her most iconic. At the time, Monroe wasn’t a big star and only made $18,000 for her part. Nevertheless, this film would show that Marilyn had what it took to step into the spotlight.

After her Oscar win for Born Yesterday, Columbia wanted Judy Holliday for Gentlemen. In their mind, she could be their Lorelei. However, she declined.

Gwen Verdon helped choreograph some of the film's dances, but they ultimately didn’t make the final cut. Five years later, Verdon would get her big chance in front of the camera in Damn Yankees.

Costume designer William Travilla repurposed a gold dress that Ginger Rogers wore in Dreamboat for Marilyn Monroe.

The line "I can be smart when it's important, but most men don't like it” wasn’t originally in the script. Monroe added it.

On June 26, 1953, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell left their handprints and footprints at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre to promote the film.