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Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

video song from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) film, performed by Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee, lyrics by Leo Robin, music by Jule Styne
 
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Lyrics The French are glad to die for love. / They delight in fighting duels. / But I prefer a man who lives / And gives expensive jewelsI prefer a man who lives / And gives expensive jewels. / A kiss on the hand / May be quite continental, / But diamonds are a girl's best friend. / A kiss may be grand / But it won't pay the rental / On your humble flat / Or help you at the automat. / Men grow cold / As girls grow oldMen grow cold / As girls grow old, / And we all lose our charms in the end. / But square-cut or pear-shaped, / These rocks don't loose their shape. / Diamonds are a girl's best friend.These rocks don't loose their shape. / Diamonds are a girl's best friend. / Tiffany's! / Cartier! / Black Starr! / Frost, Gorham! / Talk to me Harry Winston. / Tell me all about it! / There may come a time / When a lass needs a lawyer, / But diamonds are a girl's best friend. / There may come a time / When a hard-boiled employer / Thinks you're awful niceWhen a hard-boiled employer / Thinks you're awful nice, / But get that ice or else no dice. / He's your guy / When stocks are high, / But beware when they start to descend. / It's then that those louses / Go back to their spouses. / Diamonds are a girl's best friend. / I've heard of affairs / That are strictly platonic, / But diamonds are a girl's best friend. / And I think affairs / That you must keep liaisonic / Are better bets / If little pets get big baguettes. / Time rolls on, / And youth is gone, / And you can't straighten up when you bend. / But stiff back / Or stiff knees, / You stand straight at Tiffany's. / Diamonds! Diamonds! / I don't mean rhinestones! / But diamonds are a girl's best friend.

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According to Marni Nixon, the studio initially wanted Marilyn Monroe's entire voice dubbed, as they thought her voice was silly. Nixon thought that was "awful", as she felt Monroe's voice suited her persona so beautifully. Nixon told The New York Times in March 2007 that she ended up only dubbing the operatic "no, no, nos" at the beginning of the song and the phrase "these rocks don't lose their shape".
In preparation for her role as Lorelei, Marilyn Monroe attended the Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Carol Channing every night for over a month.
Marilyn Monroe kept insisting on retakes despite approval of takes by director Howard Hawks. When Fox asked Hawks how production could be sped up he retorted: "three wonderful ideas: Replace Marilyn, rewrite the script and make it shorter, and get a new director."
The story was based on an ocean voyage to Europe that Anita Loos took on the same boat taking the US Olympic Team. Whichever ship she actually took, the liner that is mentioned in this film was the SS Ile de France. The famous liner was actually used in the film The Last Voyage (1960), but it has a more heroic place in history. It was the SS Ile de France that played a major role in the rescue of the passengers from the Italian liner Andrea Dorea in 1956, after the latter ship collided with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The SS Ile de France was decommissioned shortly before the filming of The Last Voyage (1960) in which she was partially sunk for several key scenes. When filming was completed, she was towed to the scrap docks.
QUOTES: LORELEI LEE: I keep telling her, it's as easy to fall for a rich man as a poor man. But she says "Yes, but..." If they're tall, dark and handsome she forgets vital statistics, until it's too late. That's why I'm her friend. She needs me to educate her. GUS ESMOND: Yes, but very few girls have your wonderful willingness to learn.
LORELEI LEE: Daddy, I'll bet you made me the happiest girl in the world. DOROTHY SHAW: What do you do, put Novocain on your lipstick?
LORELEI LEE: Dorothy's the best and loyalest friend a girl ever had. She'll make a wonderful wife. You'll find out.
LORELEI LEE: It was square, like a box for a ring. I think he's got a present for me. DOROTHY SHAW: Only you can be on-stage with a spotlight in your eye, and still see a diamond inside a man's pocket.
FRANCIS BEEKMAN: I understand you're an entertainer. I'll bet you're good. DOROTHY SHAW: Thanks. Say, is that on the level? Do you own a diamond mine? FRANCIS BEEKMAN: I do. Are you interested in diamonds? DOROTHY SHAW: Not particularly. FRANCIS BEEKMAN: You must be an extraordinary girl.
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