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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
Monroe was not a natural blonde. It is clear in her early modelling photographs taken in the mid 1940's that she had light brown hair. She was asked by her agency in 1947 to bleach her hair because there was a high demand for blonde models and because Monroe was keen to take work she decided it would be worthwhile. Throughout her life she was many shades of blonde but at the time of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes her hair was platinum.
Despite rumours at the time the two actresses become close friends. Fox thought it would pay off if there were publicity regarding their friendship and create a feud between the two women. Monroe and Russell were able to laugh these rumours off and to those present on the set it was clear there was nothing but friendship between the two. An example of this would be that Russell would not come onto the set without Monroe, she knew how nervous Monroe was at starring in her first big budget musical and she would pick her up from her dressing room and the two would walk hand in hand to the set.
Yes. A separate version of the number was filmed in CinemaScope and used to demonstrate the new process to Fox exhibitors. (This probably occurred in the spring of 1953.) The sequence was put back into the Fox vault for a decade, then exhumed for the documentary film MARILYN. While the staging is close to identical, this version is perhaps just a tiny bit less smooth than that in the final film--not surprising since it was not intended to be seen by a mass audience. One giveaway will come with a close look at Monroe's hair, which becomes disheveled in different places in the two numbers.
The song 'Down Boy' was sung by Monroe and deleted from the film after the first preview. It was due to take place on the boat when Dorothy discovers Lorelei dancing with Piggy. For years the song was thought to have never been filmed or recorded but when an old record of the song was discovered in storage it was found that the song was removed from the film in post production. The song was then planned to be remixed and released as a duet with an artist such as Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan or Madonna. Nevertheless, this idea did not take off and the recording has never been heard in full by the public apart from a 30 second preview available on various websites.
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