In memory of Jane Russell, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 89.....
MARILYN MONROE & JANE RUSSELL
AS SEEN IN:
'French & Saunders'
AS PLAYED BY:
Marilyn Monroe - Jennifer Saunders
Jane Russell - Dawn French
1952 - Marilyn Monroe was given the much-desired role of Lorelei Lee in the movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in 1952, costarring Jane Russell. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" may be the origin of the 'dumb blonde' stereotype; certainly the main character and narrator, Lorelei Lee, is the archetypal .
1953 - Monroe and Jane Russell revealed plenty of neck and throat in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", from the book by Anita Loos, made in 1953.
Apr 8, 1953 - Three page contract dated April 8, 1953, between MGM and actress Jane Russell approving the release of the soundtrack to "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", signed by her on the last page in blue ink.
May 1953 - LIFE magazine featured Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, "Just two little girls from Little Rock", as part of the publicity for their movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".
Jun 26, 1953 - At Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell captured their prints in cement for posterity to celebrate their success in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".
Jul 18, 1953 - "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is a romance comedy drama written by Charles Lederer and directed by Howard Hawks. It was released on July 18, 1953. The movie stars Marilyn Monroe as showgirl Lorelei Lee and Jane Russell as her best friend Dorothy Shaw. They go to Paris, where Lorelei intends to get married to millionaire Gus Edmond. Dorothy ends up falling in love with Private Detective Malone.
And here's the actual scene from the movie:
Once again, a big thanks to J.r. Klink for bringing this to my attention....