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1927, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady by Anita Loos. Brentano's. Lowe and Brydon. London. 217 pages.

1927, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady by Anita Loos. Brentano's. Lowe and Brydon. London. 217 pages.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

On June 1, 1952, Twentieth Century-Fox gave Marilyn Monroe a surprise birthday present: the news that she would star as Lorelei Lee in the film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The movie began production in November 1952 and reportedly, Marilyn and costar Jane Russell developed a strong, friendly relationship during the shooting of the film, much to the disappointment of the popular press - which was eager to report a feud between the two sex symbols.

Interestingly, the film's makeup man, Whitey Snyder, realized that Marilyn was actually terrified to appear in front of the cameras and had to work up her nerve to begin the day's shooting. Snyder confided his suspicions about Marilyn to Russell, who made it a point to stop by Marilyn's dressing room every morning and walk with the frightened young star onto the set. Russell not only understood Marilyn's insecurities but also the harsh, insensitive nature of the film industry; the savvy actress seemed to sense that Marilyn was unable to withstand the cruelties of the business.

The story in this book propelled the careers of two of America's most beloved movie stars and also became a smash success on the Broadway stage. Author Anita Loos, a screenwriting Hollywood wunderkind, says she began to draft the story on the American railroad, as she crossed from New York to LA in the early 1920s. This copy, printed in Great Britain in April of 1927 is one of 80+ editions and 14 languages that this book has been published - making it more than just a best seller, but a cultural icon. Lorelei's most memorable obiter dicta found their way into the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and the idea that "diamonds are a girl's best friend" passed into popular culture, is now common language.

This book measures 7 1/2 x 5"

10 photos accompany this listing to confirm accuracy of condition. Please click on photo and use arrows to scroll.

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Books & Company is a proud literary partner of the Etsy community. We specialize in early American books from Civil War, depression and midcentury era writers. Each book is hand selected and we stand by the quality of every book we offer.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

On June 1, 1952, Twentieth Century-Fox gave Marilyn Monroe a surprise birthday present: the news that she would star as Lorelei Lee in the film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The movie began production in November 1952 and reportedly, Marilyn and costar Jane Russell developed a strong, friendly relationship during the shooting of the film, much to the disappointment of the popular press - which was eager to report a feud between the two sex symbols.

Interestingly, the film's makeup man, Whitey Snyder, realized that Marilyn was actually terrified to appear in front of the cameras and had to work up her nerve to begin the day's shooting. Snyder confided his suspicions about Marilyn to Russell, who made it a point to stop by Marilyn's dressing room every morning and walk with the frightened young star onto the set. Russell not only understood Marilyn's insecurities but also the harsh, insensitive nature of the film industry; the savvy actress seemed to sense that Marilyn was unable to withstand the cruelties of the business.

The story in this book propelled the careers of two of America's most beloved movie stars and also became a smash success on the Broadway stage. Author Anita Loos, a screenwriting Hollywood wunderkind, says she began to draft the story on the American railroad, as she crossed from New York to LA in the early 1920s. This copy, printed in Great Britain in April of 1927 is one of 80+ editions and 14 languages that this book has been published - making it more than just a best seller, but a cultural icon. Lorelei's most memorable obiter dicta found their way into the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and the idea that "diamonds are a girl's best friend" passed into popular culture, is now common language.

This book measures 7 1/2 x 5"

10 photos accompany this listing to confirm accuracy of condition. Please click on photo and use arrows to scroll.

_______________
Books & Company is a proud literary partner of the Etsy community. We specialize in early American books from Civil War, depression and midcentury era writers. Each book is hand selected and we stand by the quality of every book we offer.

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