How A Famous Movie Scene With Marilyn Monroe Influenced Her Family Life
A scene from the movie The Seven Year Itch is considered almost a cult scene in the cinema of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But not many people know that for the actress, to whom the film brought fame, recognition, and royalties, the scene became an important factor in determining her future.
In the film, Marilyn played the mistress of a married publisher, who was portrayed by Tom Ewell. Tom and Monroe stroll down 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue, and the young woman hears the sound of an approaching subway. Standing on the ventilation grate, she says, "Oh, do you feel the breeze from the subway? Isn't it delicious?" Her dress blows up, revealing her legs, and the actress displays a very tempting figure...
During the making of the film, Marilyn Monroe was married to American baseball player Joe DiMaggio. Their marriage lasted only a year and ended in 1955. Being a well-known athlete himself, DiMaggio was jealous of his wife's fame. He didn't like the increased attention from men intermingled with lust, as this was the way the actress presented herself to the public.
He dreamed of a quiet life with his dear wife, and he wanted her to quit her career. He took her flirtatiousness as a slap in the face and a knife in the back. He felt like she had turned him into a pansy and a laughingstock. The once beautiful love story came apart at the seams. During their honeymoon, the baseball player said he would bring flowers to his beloved's grave if she died before him. And the truth is, he fulfilled his promise. He died in 1999, and during all that time, he brought flowers to Westwood Memorial Cemetery where Monroe is buried.
As luck would have it, on the day of shooting the famous scene, her husband came with her. He saw how his wife's skirt was blown up (which, according to the original script, wasn't supposed to happen), how admiringly the crowd of people looked at her, and he just turned green with envy. That evening in the hotel room, he beat her, causing a scene throughout the whole hotel.
Afterwards Joe apologized and asked for forgiveness, of course, saying that he didn't know what came over him. But it didn't help. The actress immediately filed for divorce. DiMaggio didn't even show up for the court hearing, but the divorce decree was issued without him. Marilyn explained the reason why she wanted a divorce, and the court was satisfied.
Later, Arthur Miller came into her life, but it was no beautiful lifelong relationship. Faced with choosing between being a star or a happy wife, she chose the former. She didn't know how to be loved, but she knew how to be desired. And they are, alas, not the same thing.