STAY CLASSY: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer BlondesBY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI

Year released: 1953

How it fared back then: This flick came out during Marilyn Monroe’s heyday and was one of her most notable roles. It marked the time in her life when she was hugely revered, the time before the bulk of her scandal happened and she, sadly, passed.

Why it’s lasted: It’s Marilyn Monroe. It’s lasted entirely because she’s lasted. It’s been over 50 years since her death and she is still by far one of the most iconic females of all-time. She’s inspired so many movies, books, styles, etc. and I don’t think it’s going to stop until a generation stops buying into it, which I truly don’t foresee happening anytime soon.

Truthfully, I grew up on this movie. My grandmother was a huge Monroe fan and I used to watch this movie with her when I would go over when I was a kid. That says a lot right there.

Classic moments:

  • “Excuse me, but what is the way to Europe, France?” GOLD.
  • The pool scene with Jane Russell, who plays the formidable brunette bombshell Dorothy Shaw. (I always secretly related with her more because gentlemen may prefer blondes, but brunettes have more fun. #fact)
  • Every scene with Marilyn calling her new friend “Piggy.” Just the way she says it makes me giggle every time.
  • When Marilyn gets stuck in the porthole.
  • “Square cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” (Oh, yes they are.)

Does it hold up? Always, always, always. Whether you’re a Marilyn fan or not, this movie is pretty funny and worth a watch. And if you are a Marilyn fan, then you already know what I mean and are rewatching it while reading this piece.


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