What Didn’t Make The Cut: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

What Didn’t Make The Cut: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

It is no secret that Marilyn Monroe continues to make headlines today just as she did when she made her debut on the big screen back in 1953. Marilyn is arguably the most celebrated Hollywood actresses ever to grace the silver screen. Many of her films are well known and continue to entertain audiences today, just as they did 66 years ago such as: How To Marry a Millionaire, The Misfits, Niagara and the Seven Year Itch.  Yet, none has been as unforgettable as Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Who could forget the famous musical number, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, sung by Marilyn Monroe? The lavish sets, the lighting, the jewelry (by jeweler, Harry Winston), and, most striking of all, the iconic pink dress worn by Marilyn.  As some of you may know, this was the signature work of famed Hollywood costume designer William Travilla. However, it should be noted that this was not his originally intended costume design for the timeless musical we all have come to know and love today.

Above: The timeless and finished work by Travilla.

Originally, Travilla had designed and executed an all diamond encrusted showgirl outfit. Both the top and bottom portions of the costume consisted of diamond broaches that had been set into place by a professional jeweler as Monroe was wearing the costume. The costume cost nearly $4,000, a whopping sum at that time. However, because a a pressed-for-cash Monroe had posed nude for a calendar back in 1949, this irreplaceable work would never grace the big screen.

Above: The original costume set to debut before the resurfacing of Monroe’s nude calendar.

During the period of filming Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, in 1953, the nude calendar resurfaced, causing a public scandal. The studio therefore abandoned their original costume design concept. Much to Travilla’s dismay, Fox was not going to take any chances on jeopardizing the career their new found starlet. Disappointed, Travilla redesigned the costume so that it would cover up Monroe enough to show she was a lady, yet accentuate her curves enough to show she was all woman.

Above: An intermediate design by Travilla that featured black gloves, shoes, and a lighter bodice. Eventually, this concept also was scrapped for an all pink ensemble.

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Books to Movies in 2018

As part of my self-imposed challenge to read or re-read all of the Newbery Award winning books from 1922 forward, I re-read Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time a couple of years ago. (I actually listened to the audio CD version narrated by the incomparable Hope Davis and it was wonderful.)  I was excited to hear that a movie was in the works, and released in the theaters just last week!

I have since discovered that 2018 is a big year for book to movie releases.  Although we are somehow well into 2018 already, you still have time to read a number of great books  before the movies are are released.  Because we all know, the book is always better than the movie – or is that the other way around?  Well, whatever your perspective, you’d better get started with Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One which is due out in the theaters at the end of March.  This is another book that I recently listened to, read by Wil Wheaton, American actor and arch nemesis of Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory.  The plot is so far out of my comfort zone and yet I REALLY enjoyed it.  If you are still living in the 1980’s you will thoroughly enjoy it too but you don’t have to be an 80’s fan (I can’t say I am) to like the book.

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Are you concerned about the upcoming election? (and who isn’t?)

Emotions are running high, and so much is uncertain.  This year, it’s especially important to stay informed.  Fortunately, the library has excellent resources for you and your kids!

 Books by and About the Candidates:



HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
by Jonathan J. M. Allen The story of Hillary’s rebirth, after her career hit a low point in 2008 when she lost to Barack Obama.  Since that time she rose to become Obama’s most important ally and an even more powerful politician, culminating in the democratic nomination for President of the United States.



hardchoices-1 Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Hillary Clinton’s look at the choices and challenges she has faced is “a subtle, finely calibrated work…with succinct and often shrew appraisals of the complex web of political, economic, and historical forces in play around the world” (The New York Times)



anncoulterIn Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!   Ann Coulter believes that Trump has captured the spirit of the times .  His views on trade, immigration, and foreign policy  should be embraced, particularly by those in the working class who have had to contend with cheap foreign labor.




 crippledamerica Crippled America
How to Make America Great Again  Donald Trump outlines his plan for fixingour failing economy”, reforming health care, rebuilding our military and “start winning wars – instead of watching our enemies take over”, and “how to immediately bring jobs back to America by closing our doors to illegal immigrants, and pressuring businesses to produce their goods at home.”


Neither Choice is Good!

yearofvotingdangerouslyThe Year of Voting Dangerously
The Derangement of American Politics.  
Maureen Dowd argues that both candidates are unfavorable.


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Top 10 Business Databases

Hey Business owners, we have free databases that will help you manage your business! Find customers, perform company, market and industry research wisely, train and manage employees, monitor business news and events, and develop your international business. Our top 10 Databases that mean Business are listed here.

1) reference-usa

Find your individual or business clients in the US by home value, sales volume, geographical descriptions, and more. Map out your target area by drawing lines on a map or radius of miles from your home.  Gather them by industry code numbers, custom picked by you.  Identify the key players of a target business.

2) business-insights-essntials

Competitive intelligence and due diligence starts at Business Insights Essentials– with financials, history, news, products, market share reports, as well as industry reports and company histories.  Information on private companies as well.

3) morningstar

Use Morningstar to create screens for funds, stocks, and ETFs, use the financial reports to analyze them.  Compare them.  See their ranking.  See how indexes, sectors, and styles perform.  Get today’s relevant investment news and information (updated several times a day) via type and video.  Get investment advice, and read their most popular newsletters.  There’s enough information to satisfy expert trader and newbie alike.

4) skillsoft

Wondering how to hire and fire?  Motivate?  Or just get up to speed with the best software programs for your business?  Generally, Skillport  can teach the skills necessary for day to day internal workings.

5) lynda-com

Lynda.com  differentiates herself with IT classes, helping you with the latest in audio and visual, as well as print media.  Lynda.com will help you more with the outside world- advertising and marketing with Social media, for instance.  Check it out!

6) global-road-warrior

If your ambitions reach across the ocean, but your country knowledge is limited, then use Global Road Warrior to learn what immunizations you need before you go, what terrorist warnings, what is considered an appropriate gift, as well as basic tourist information found in a travel guide.

7) rosetta-stone

Once you get to the 178 countries covered by Global Road Warrior, you may want to say something other than “What time is it?” “Please” and “Thank You”.  If you decide to do business in a foreign country, learn what your clients are saying.  Use Rosetta Stone.

8) new-york-times

Once you get the key players from Reference USA, research them, or their companies, or the industry, in our many news sources, including The New York Times.

9) flipster

Flip through business magazines virtually, just like a real magazine, with Flipster.  Check out the magazines by topic, and choose Business, to pick the magazines that will help you most.


It would be a huge mistake to overlook the book catalog.  Don’t have time to read?  Download an audiobook via Overdrive?  Want it on your kindle, check out the non-fiction collection on Total BooX.

Come to the library for more help for your business!