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 status. Interestingly, 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 Gentlemen for Judy Holliday, whom they thought would make a good Lorelei. She declined though.

Gwen Verdon helped choreograph some dances for the film, 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 Ginger Roger's gold Dreamboat dress for Marilyn Monroe.

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

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