Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
20th Century Fox. Released on July 15th, 1953 in New York
Director: Howard Hawks; Cinematographer: Harry J Wild
Starring: Jane Russell as 'Dorothy', Marilyn Monroe as 'Lorelei', Charles Coburn as 'Piggy', Elliott Reid as 'Malone', Tommy Noonan as 'Esmond Jr'
Howard Hawk's classic was not the first iteration of the story. It was based on the stage musical which itself was based on a book which had already spawned two non-musicals. The 1949 stage musical, a huge hit on Broadway, had introduced Carol Channing to the world. New star Marilyn Monroe got Channing's
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Film writers Bill Warren and Tom Weaver have reported extensively on the unusual production story
Reid, whose work spanned multiple genres and media including film, television, radio, and the stage, was probably best known for his performances alongside Hollywood legends Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in "Blondes," and Fred MacMurray in "The Absent-Minded Professor." Other notable roles included turns in "Inherit the Wind" and "Son of Flubber."
Born Edgeworth Blair Reid on Jan. 16, 1920 in New York City, he eventually took the stage name Elliott, and at age 15 got his big break appearing on an Orson Welles radio program, which led to further collaborations between the two on the airwaves and on the stage. Known for being a gifted mimic, Reid did a famous impression of President John F. Kennedy at a 1962 Washington dinner that left the president in stitches.
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Jane Russell came to prominence in the late 40s and early 50s, reigning as one of America's most popular sex symbols of that time. She appeared in such hit movies as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Double Dynamite, and Montana Belle. Here last performance onscreen was in the television show Hunter. She had continued singing and working for various causes in the weeks leading up to her death.
During her film career, Jane Russell founded Waif, the Women's Adoption International Fund to facilitate U.S. adoptions of foreign orphans.
Jane Russell is survived by three grown children, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law. She also had six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren at the time of her death.
A service will be held to honor Jane Russell at Pacific Christian Church in Santa Maria,
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