Behind the scenes of The Seven Year Itch, George Zimbel, among a number of other photographers, captured this flowering still of Marilyn Monroe: while her skirt flew up and the crowd roared like crazy!
Norma Jeane Mortensen, or more famously known as Marilyn Monroe, was one of Hollywood’s most iconic goddesses. She impressed us in her films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry a Millionaire, Niagara, Some Like It Hot, and many more! However, it was her role in The Seven Year Itch which immortalized her timeless charisma and flawlessness in a photograph.
Thanks to documentary photographer, George Zimbel, because he captured Marilyn in a stunning, traffic-stopping moment as the subway ventilation blew up her wondrous white dress and revealed her beautiful legs! In the movie, as her skirt is lifted up, she says, “Ooh! This feels just elegant!”
Many photographers and bystanders were present during the movie shoot and of course, the crowd couldn’t help but be delighted and shocked every time Marilyn’s dress flew up. Sadly, though, this daring skirt scene infuriated Joe Dimaggio, her husband at the time, and their marriage eventually died. This photograph, nevertheless, became very influential and has a number of imitations and renditions all over the world.
Our intention with the Influential Photographs series is not to glorify or demean the subject of the photo. Our intention with this column is to highlight the most influential analogue photographs of history. The photographs we feature are considered icons, for their composition, subject matter, or avant-garde artistic value.