Marilyn and Howard Hawks in ‘Yours Retro’

Marilyn makes two fleeting appearances in the latest issue of UK nostalgia mag Yours Retro (#35, with Rock Hudson on the cover.) Her role as dim-witted secretary Lois Laurel in Monkey Business (1952) is featured in ‘Guess Who?’, an article about favourite actors turning up in unlikely movies. On the cusp of superstardom, she was billed fourth after her more experienced co-stars (Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Charles Coburn.)

Although her character is a rather stereotypical ‘dumb blonde’, Monkey Business allowed Marilyn to show off her comedic skills, and director Howard Hawks would give her the coveted lead role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes a few months later (a film nobody could forget she was in!) One of the most prolific, versatile and enduringly successful filmmakers in Hollywood history, Hawks is also profiled in a separate article.