You’re probably familiar with some of Marilyn Monroe’s memorable singing numbers in many of her notable films. Since we’re all about the stunning Miss Monroe this week, we’ve got five of these iconic song numbers by the classy blonde bombshell for you to watch and listen to!
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
(from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953)
One of the songs famously attributed to Monroe, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is one of the numbers included in the original Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949, which the Hollywood icon performed in the film of the same name in 1953. The American Film Institute has listed it as the 12th most significant movie song of all time, and many singers of later generations (such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Thalia) have made renditions of the iconic performance.
After You get What You Want (You Don’t Want It)
(from There’s No Business Like Show Business, 1954)
In this 1954 musical film There’s No Business Like Show Business, Marilyn Monroe starred as the hatcheck girl (attendant who checks coats and baggage) turned singer-performer Victoria “Vicky” Hoffman. Aside from “After You get What You Want (You Don’t Want It)”, Monroe did several other performances, including Heat Wave).
I Wanna Be Loved by You
(from Some Like It Hot, 1958)
Another popular Monroe song, “I Wanna Be Loved by You” is one of the singer-actress’s numbers in the 1958 romantic comedy film, Some Like It Hot. Monroe was dazzling as “Sugar Kane,” the vocalist and ukelele player of an all-girl musical band in the movie, with whom struggling lady musicians in disguise Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) both became enamored with.
Happy Birthday, Mr. President
(from John F. Kennedy’s Birthday Gala, 1962)
Last but not the least, here is perhaps one of the most monumental versions of the “Happy Birthday” song. The so-called “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” number, performed by Monroe for John F. Kennedy’s birthday gala on May 19, 1962, was one of the most memorable of all her performances for a number of reasons. First, it was among her very last major appearances before she passed away around three months later; second, JFK’s remark afterwards, alluding to Monroe’s sultry delivery, sexy dress, and sex symbol image; and lastly, the circulating rumors insisting that Miss Monroe and Mr. President had an affair, which painted more color into her iconic song number. If you’re curious, you can head over to The Night Marilyn Monroe Sang 'Happy Birthday' to JFK, our feature with all the juicy details about this performance!
All information for this article were taken from Marilyn Monroe's Songs on Wikipedia and There's No Business Like Show Business (film) on Wikipedia.
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