LIFE With Marilyn and Jane: Photos From the Set of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’

TIME

For sheer, undiluted resonance, few entertainment-industry tropes can match the singular image of Marilyn Monroe informing the world that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

The scene in which she sings those words, of course, arrives midway through the classic 1953 comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, as Marilyn’s character, the refreshingly loot-happy Lorelei Lee, performing in a cabaret, rebuffs the attentions of a gaggle of eager (and unmistakably not rich) male admirers. But that indelible picture of Monroe — at the very height of her allure as a “sex goddess” and in full mastery of her superb comedic talents — has been celebrated and parodied by lesser stars so many times in the years since that, by now, millions of people who have never seen the movie still, nevertheless, recognize the reference. Any time a singer or actress dons a form-fitting pink satin sheath, matching long gloves, diamond choker and…

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