Wonderful Vintage Photos of Marilyn Monroe Performing Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend (1953)

The musical number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes whose lyrics explain why and how women need to pursue men with money.

Monroe’s rendition of the number and her pink dress are considered iconic, and the performance has inspired homages by Madonna, Geri Halliwell, Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Anna Nicole Smith, Christina Aguilera and James Franco.

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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953 via

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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953 via

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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953 via

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Amazing Vintage Photos of 1960s Film Premiers

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Arthur Miller, Simone Signoret, Yves Montand et Marilyn Monroe at the Premiere of Let’s Make Love directed by George Cukor, 1960

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Vivian Maier, Kirk Douglas at the premiere of the movie Spartacus, Chicago, October 1960

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Sean Connery, Phyllis Newman and conductor Leonard Bernstein t the premiere of the James Bond movie Dr. NO directed by Terence Young, 1962

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Peter O’Toole with Omar Sharif at the premiere of Lawrence d’ Arabia, Hollywood, 1962

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Sue Lyon at the premiere of Lolita directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1962

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Monica Vitti with Michelangelo Antonioni at the première of 8 1/2 directed by Federico Fellini, Roma, February 13, 1963

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Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon at the Il gattopardo premiere, 1963

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Bob Cummings, Shirley MacLaine and Gene Kelly take the subway to the 1964 World’s Fair for the world premiere of their film What a way to go !

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Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer at the film premiere of My Fair Lady, Audrey Hepburn is wearing a Givenchy gown, 1964

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Judy garland and Liza Minnelli at Flora, The Red Menace Premiere, 1965

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Don Bessant, Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde and Monica Vitti at the première of Darling by John Schlesinger, London, 1965

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Director David Lean, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin and Omar Sharif at the premiere of Doctor Zhivago, 1965

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Peter O’Toole and The Queen Mother at the premiere of Lord Jim directed by Richard Brooks, 1965

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Luchino Visconti, Claudia Cardinale and Jean Sorel at the premiere of Sandra, 1965

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Jean-Luc Godard, Edie Constantine and Anna Karina at the Alphaville premiere, 1965. Photo by Raymond Depardon © Magnum Photos

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David Bailey, Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorleac and Clint Eastwood at the premiere of Les Demoiselles de Rochefort directed by Jacques Demy, 1967

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Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty at the premiere of Bonnie and Clyde directed by Arthur Penn, 1967

Marilyn Monroe – The Last Sitting – by Bert Stern (1962)

Self-taught American commercial photographer Bert Stern (1929-2013) is best known for The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs taken for Vogue of Marilyn Monroe in 1962. The photo shoot took place at the Bel Air Hotel for a three-day period just six weeks before her death. The book The Last Sitting was published in 1982 and again in 2000.

During his career he also photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan (recreating The Last Sitting), among others, in addition to his work for advertising and travel publications.

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Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962

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Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962

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Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962

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Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962

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Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962

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Vintage Photos of Marilyn Monroe at the Hollywood Bowl by Bernard of Hollywood

When Marilyn Monroe attended the Hollywood Bowl in 1952 she was widely photographed by Bernard of Hollywood amongst others. Bernard of Hollywood, is perhaps better known as Bruno Bernard (1912 – 1987). He was an American photographer best known for pin-up and glamour photography. Bernard is credited with first photographing Marilyn Monroe at the Racquet Club in Palm Springs, California, in 1947, when she was still Norma Jeane. She is said to have told Bernard:

“Remember, Bernie, you started it all”.

In 1999, his photo “Marilyn in White”, of Monroe in her wind-blown dress from the movie The Seven Year Itch (1955), was selected as the “Symbol of the Century” by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The same photograph was also chosen by the International Center of Photography as one of  “20 Unforgettable Photographs”.

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Marilyn Monroe performing at the Hollywood Bowl (St. Jude Hospital Benefit), 1953 BERNARD OF HOLLYWOOD (1912-1987)

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Marilyn Monroe performing at the Hollywood Bowl (St. Jude Hospital Benefit), 1953 BERNARD OF HOLLYWOOD (1912-1987)

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Marilyn Monroe performing at the Hollywood Bowl (St. Jude Hospital Benefit) here with Danny Kaye, 1953 BERNARD OF HOLLYWOOD (1912-1987)

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Marilyn Monroe performing at the Hollywood Bowl (St. Jude Hospital Benefit) here signing autographs, 1953 BERNARD OF HOLLYWOOD (1912-1987)

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Costume and Fashion Designer Oleg Cassini (1913-2006)

Oleg Cassini (1913 – 2006) was an American fashion designer born to an aristocratic Russian family with maternal Italian ancestry. He came to the United States as a young man after starting as a designer in Rome, and quickly got work with Paramount Pictures.

Cassini established his reputation by designing for films. He gained additional renown by designing for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. “The Jackie Look” was highly influential in American design.

He also designed for Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and Gene Tierney whom he married in 1941; they separated after the birth of their first daughter. She began a romance with John F. Kennedy. Their romance was short lived as he could never marry her because of his political ambitions. She reconciled with Cassini and they had a second daughter. This marriage lasted until 1952 and they remained friends.

After his divorce Cassini and Grace Kelly were briefly engaged, but her family would not approve the marriage as he was 16 years her senior, twice divorced, had 2 children and was non-catholic.

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Oleg Cassini designed this gown for Gene Tierney, though a speedy elopement meant it was never made and worn. Five years later, the gown saw the light of day for Gene’s role in the movie Razor’s Edge (1946), for which Oleg designed her costumes.

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Marilyn wore a smoldering red Oleg Cassini velvet gown to accept her Best Young Box Office Personality award in 1951.  She later wore it for a sensual publicity portrait.

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Grace Kelly at the premiere of Rear Window, 1954.

Her dress was designed by Oleg Cassini who was her escort that evening.

Photo by Frank Worth.

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Oleg Cassini dressing Lana Turner

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis in iconic 1961 Presidential Inauguration gown by Oleg Cassini.

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