At “Oscars Outdoors,” gentlemen still prefer blondes 1

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Oscar®-winning actor George Chakiris (right) and dance critic Debra Levine prior to a screening of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," presented at Oscars® Outdoors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

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Dance critic Debra Levine talks about the choreographer Jack Cole prior to a screening of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," presented at Oscars® Outdoors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

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Oscar®-winning actor George Chakiris shares memories of Marilyn Monroe with dance critic Debra Levine prior to a screening of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," presented at Oscars® Outdoors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

It was a super-special 60th anniversary screening, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science’s “Oscars Outdoors” summer series, of 20th Century-Fox’s comic classic from 1953, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” the movie that blasted off the career of Marilyn Monroe. And the flick’s funnier than ever. Lead actresses Monroe and Jane Russell zing out hilarious double-entendres, often with dead-panned faces. They then shake their (formidable) booties in four delightful song-and-dance numbers: “Two Little Girls from Little Rock,” “Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love,” “When Love Goes Wrong,” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

In a special tribute to “Gentlemen”‘s marvelous dance numbers, the Academy invited arts·meme‘s Debra Levine to present a brief talk on the film’s choreographer, Jack Cole.

Oscar-winning dancer-actor George Chakiris took to the stage to share his first-hand reminiscences of Marilyn Monroe.

Chakiris, by fate or by fortune, appeared as a chorus dancer in Cole’s dance masterpiece, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

More “Oscar Outdoors” photos here.

“oscar” images courtesy academy motion picture arts & sciences, photo credit: dana ross

One comment on “At “Oscars Outdoors,” gentlemen still prefer blondes

  1. Carol Sumner Aug 13,2013 12:41 am

    Hi Debra, Thanks for this Arts Meme, it’s great! Love your review of Santa Fe Ballet 🙂

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