Sunday, April 26, 2009

Anita Loos

Born today (April 26) in 1893, American author/playwright Anita Loos.

'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'
Book cover art 1926

Although she started writing for legendary Hollywood film director D W Griffith whilst still a teenager, and worked on over 60 films, she is most renowned for her classic novel 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925).


The story of Lorelei Lee and her breathless adventures in Europe has become a 20th century classic, and was called 'a masterpiece of comic literature'.


Today its best known incarnation is probably the 1953 film starring a delectable Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee, with Jane Russell as her best friend Dorothy. The musical piece 'Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend' being one of the most celebrated and best known Marilyn performances in film history.

Marilyn as Lorelei Lee


artdecobuildings said...

Happy Birthday Anita Loos and thanks for posting a great set of images.

Beach Vintage said...

I love Marilyn in this movie. To me she is the epitome of feminism. I love her. Thanks also for commenting on my blog.


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