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June 26, 1953. Actresses Marilyn Monroe, left, and Jane Russell write in wet cement at Grauman's Theater.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

June 26, 1953. Actresses Marilyn Monroe, left, and Jane Russell write in wet cement at Grauman's Theater.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

June 26, 1953. Actresses Marilyn Monroe, left, and Jane Russell place their handprints in wet cement at Grauman's Theater.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

June 26, 1953. Actresses Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell after placing their handprints in wet cement at Grauman's theater.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

June 26, 1953: Actresses Marilyn Monroe, left, and Jane Russell place their shoe prints in wet cement at Grauman's Theater. This image was published in the June, 27, 1953, Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

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June 26, 1953: Marilyn Monroe, left, and Jane Russell put signatures, hand and shoe prints into cement at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

The next morning a non-byline Times story reported:

Hollywood’s newest Cinderella came into her very own in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in the heart of the film capital yesterday when Marilyn Monroe put her signature, hand and footprints into a specially prepared blond cement.

At her side, also accomplishing the same realization of fame in filmland was buxom Jane Russell. The two motion-picture actresses are appearing in a forthcoming production of 20th Century-Fox as costars.

On hand yesterday when the two stars attained the mythical fame of glamour-in-concrete were scores of film fans, many of whom were shutterbugs with cameras, which, they hoped, would record the scene for their own posterity.

Danny Thomas aided in the production while a veritable hive of studio attaches bustled about.

The now famous movie the Times article did not mention above was “Gentlemen Pefer Blonds.”

The LA Times has published the third image in the above gallery on numerous occasions including this recent Grauman’s Chinese story.  But guess what,  it’s not the photo published on June 27, 1953 with the previous quoted story. The winner was image number five.

The Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell hand prints, shoe prints, writing and signatures in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Credit: Scott Harrison/Los Angeles Times

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