Princess Report #187

Hmmmm, today is so not the day to be swanning around Melbs in a flippy skirt or you may well be enjoying your very own unwanted Marilyn moment. This classic image from The Seven Year Itch was originally shot on Lexington Avenue at 52nd Street in the early hours of September 15, 1954. Filming dragged on and on as Marilyn repeatedly fluffed her lines whilst over 5,000 enthusiastic onlookers whistled and cheered loudly. So much so in fact that the original footage was unusable due to the background noise and the scene had to be re-shot in the studio (it still took Marilyn over 40 takes). Sadly, life was beginning to unravel for the beautiful Monroe by this time and her self-destructive behaviour caused many problems on the set, with the budget blowing out to $1.8m (quite a sum in the day). The film still managed to make a tidy profit but there was a heavy personal cost with Monroe’s nine month marriage to Joe DiMaggio officially ending during shooting. Marilyn tragically died in 1964 and her iconic white dress was auctioned in 2011 for $5.5m, more than five times the previous record for a movie costume ($923k for Audrey’s LBD from Breakfast at Tiffany’s).


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