Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fashionable Film: How to Marry a Millionaire

The 1953 romantic comedy, How to Marry a Millionaire, was one of two films in Marilyn Monroe's breakout year in which she portrayed a gold digger - the other being Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  She co-starred as one of three motivated young women in this film, the other two played by the ridiculously chic Lauren Bacall and fun-loving Betty Grable, who were on the hunt for a wealthy man.  The ladies rent a fabulous Manhattan apartment for appearances, and as models have access to all the best clothes, but it's merely a facade while they look for partners to bankroll their lives.  True love wins out, but with costumes by Travilla,  it's a stylish road to discovering what really matters.

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