Pictures of Marilyn Monroe During a Cigarette Break While Filming “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954)

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Irving Berlin’s There’s No Business Like Show Business is a 1954 20th Century-Fox musical-comedy-drama film directed by Walter Lang. It stars an ensemble cast, consisting of Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O’Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Marilyn Monroe, Johnnie Ray, and Hugh O’Brian.

The title is borrowed from the famous song in the stage musical (and MGM film) Annie Get Your Gun. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron, based on a story by Lamar Trotti; and the movie was Fox’s first musical in CinemaScope and DeLuxe Color.

Donald O’Connor later called the film the best picture he ever made.

These vintage pics were taken by photographer Gene Lester that show portrait of Marilyn Monroe during a cigarette break while filming There’s No Business Like Show Business in 1954.

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