A skirt scene that made history

“The truth is, I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let men sometimes fool themselves.”

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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