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Marilyn Monroe with her dress blowing up

Marilyn Monroe stands on a subway grate, holding down her dress as the updraft blows it skyward, in a famous scene from the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch. The film, directed by Billy Wilder, is about a middle-aged married man and his fantasies about an affair with the woman upstairs -- played by Monroe, natch.


Marilyn Monroe's subway grate scene (or maybe it should be called Marilyn Monroe's dress-blowing-up scene) became an iconic moment for the actress. Monroe was born in 1926, so she was 29 when the movie was released.

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