Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953
Happy Birthday Jean Harlow (March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937)
To Marilyn, Jean Harlow was more than a hero: Harlow’s life was in many ways a blueprint of her own. The parallels in the lives of Monroe and Harlow are overwhelming: both were brought up by strict Christian Scientists (in Norma Jeane’s case, her beloved foster parent, Ana Lower); both were married three times; both left school at sixteen to marry their first husbands (Harlow eloped with a millionaire); both spent their lives seeking out their father; and both died in tragic and some say suspicious circumstances. They both acted opposite Clark Gable in the last film they ever made. Intriguingly Gable once said of Harlow, “She didn’t want to be famous, she wanted to be happy,” a quote that can be equally applied to Marilyn.
They were both great lovers of animals and willing to provide a haven for strays. Both of them tested the morals of their days by posing nude, flaunting their bodies, and eschewing underwear; both of them acted under their mother’s maiden names. Each lived on North Palm Drive at one point in their lives. Marilyn, like Harlow, had to go on a one woman strike to improve her extremely unfavorable contract terms and payment rates at the height of her popularity. The parallels continue even at the end of their lives; both actresses were regularly prescribed sedatives by their doctors; just months before both actresses died, they went to a presidential birthday celebration (Harlow went to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s birthday ball, Marilyn to President John F Kennedy’s), for which they were reprimanded by their studios. - Source: http://www.marilynmonroe.ca/camera/about/facts/idol.html
Marilyn at the premiere of ‘The Prince and The Showgirl’ 1957
9 March 1955, Premiere of East of Eden
Original caption: 3/9/1955-New York, NY: Holding a program, Marilyn Monroe is shown as she donated her services as an usherette at the premiere tonight of “East of Eden” at the Astor Theatre. Proceeds of the premiere went to the Actors’ Studio. Here, she hands a program to a surprised-looking Milton Berle.
09 September 1954, Queens, New York City, New York State, USA Original caption: It didn’t do them a bit of good but you can’t blame a guy for looking, not if the lookee is Marilyn Monroe. Here’s what Marilyn had for the boys on arrival at Idlewild Airport today - from left, a provocative smile (she’s just teasing); a come-hither pucker (she’s still teasing) and a big, wide grin (that’s all boys!). Mrs. Joe DiMaggio is in New York for film work on The Seven Year Itch.