This is June’s edition of Comet Over Hollywood’s classic film references in music videos.
In honor of Marilyn Monroe’s 86th birthday on Friday, June 1, Comet is spotlighting a Madonna’s 1985 music video “Material Girl.” I remember seeing this music video when I was little and loving the glamour, and Madonna’s wardrobe.
It wasn’t until much later that I realized she was recreating Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” musical number from the 1953 film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
Madonna was a fan of Marilyn Monroe and wanted to pay homage to her in the music video:
“My favorite scene in all of Monroe’s movies is when she does that dance sequence for ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’. And when it came time to do the video for the song [Material Girl], I said, I can just redo that whole scene and it will be perfect,” Madonna said in 1987 to the New York Daily News. “Marilyn was made into something not human in a way, and I can relate to that. Her sexuality was something everyone was obsessed with and that I can relate to. There were certain things about her vulnerability that I’m curious about and attracted to.”
Here are “Material Girl” (1985) and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” for comparison:
Notice the similarities in the red stage, the male dancer’s costumes and the pink dresses both women wear.
-When Marilyn is singing “No no no,” singer Marnie Nixon was dubbing her.
-You can see George Chakiris, who later won Best Supporting Actor for “West Side Story,” as a back-up singer.
-Jessica Pickens (me) is not a Marilyn Monroe fan.
Who hasn’t tried to look like Marilyn? Here is a link I came across with other actresses who dressed up as Marilyn Monroe. Pretty interesting, most of them are terrible.
My apologies for not having classic film references in April or May, guys. McCrea in May contest winners will be announced soon!
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