|Hollywood actress Ms.Monroe (1953) wearing the Moon of Baroda diamond of Indian origin. www.tumblr.net|
|Ms.Monroe (1954) & the Moon of Baroda diamond .www.thisismarilyn.com|
|Actress Ms.Monroe (1954)wearing the Moon of Baroda diamond of Indian origin.www.thisismarilyn.com time mag.|
when the well-known Hollywood actress of yesteryears Marilyn Monroe wore a famous Indian diamond at a promotion show for a move, one can imagine what impact it would create on the public.
The dazzling diamond and the equally ravishing actress stole the show and became a subject of discussion and comments in 1953-54 at prominent social clubs world over. The movie was "Gentleman Prefer Blonds"released in July,1953 in which she sang the famous song ''Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." The sensational diamond worn by Ms.Monroe was ''the Moon of Baroda,'' a 24.04 carat, pear shaped yellow diamond once worn by Marie Antoinette in the 18th century.
|The Moon of Baroda diamond owned by the rich Maharajah of Baroda,India till 1944.www.etoolsage.com image|
This exceptional gem of superb quality was for more than 500 years part of the treasures of the affluent Maharajah of Baroda. It appears to have been sent to Empress Marie Thérèse of Austria in 1787 by the Gaekwad of Baroda. In 1943 it was purchased by Meyer Rosenbaum of Detroit from the maharajah. It was loaned to Ms.Monroe by the owner for the promotional shoot of the above-mentioned movie.
Since the release of that Monroe-Jane Russel starer in 1953, this well-known diamond had gained widest publicity and so was the film and the famous diamond song. The diamond's past historical background and the new status it gained on account of public promotion by a well known American actress of such a stature as Ms.Monroe put the already famous diamond on par with world famous diamonds like Kohinoor, Hope, etc of Indian origin.
''Gentlemen Prefer Blonds'' is a1953 (July,15) American film adapted from the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox and directed by Howard Hawks. The cast included Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, with Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow, Taylor Holmes, and Norma Varden in supporting roles.
The film earned 5.3 million dollars at the box office worldwide, being 5.1 millions in North America, and was the ninth highest-grossing film of 1953.
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