Each time when the skirt was lifted up the crowd erupted in cheers. On the night of September 15, 1954, approximately 1,500-2,000 (according to other sources 2,000-5,000) Marilyn Monroe fans watched breathlessly how a puff of air raised the skirt of their goddess whenever Monroe stepped onto the grate of a subway vent located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street. Besides the galvanized fans, nearly a hundred photographers visited the place where part of the movie The Seven Year Itch by Billy Wilder was shot. Wilder’s idea of providing a media circus for the “skirt” scene worked perfectly: that night more than a thousand pictures were taken of Marilyn.
Marylin Monroe would be 90 years old on June 1.
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