Saturday, 18 June 2011

The fifty-six year itch

So Debbie Reynolds is having to sell off her intended museum collection of costumes? It's a sad reflection on Hollywood that it has no concern for its history.

The headline to the story in most of the media over here centres on the simple ivory-white outfit worn by Marilyn Monroe as the "girl upstairs" in "The Seven Year Itch" (1955).  Incidentally, I believe the Independent has it wrong when it says that Monroe's dress is blown up by steam. As I remember it, the grid over which she stands covers a ventilation shaft for the New York subway, and she uses the draft from passing trains to cool down in the hot summer which is the background to the film. imdb does not record that particular section of dialogue, but it does have this:

The Girl: When it gets hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox! 

I don't suppose the undies are in the Debbie Reynolds sale, though.

1 comment:

Frank H Little said...

The dress raised $4.5m, comfortably exceeding pre-auction estimates: