Marilyn Monroe in Lenox Hill
Sixty years have passed since The Seven Year Itch went into production. 20th Century Fox opted for Manhattan’s Lenox Hill district for the main character’s residency; a five-story brownstone on East 61st Street between 3rd and Lexington. This would be the home for Richard Sherman and an unnamed Girl who was subletting the apartment above his for the long-hot summer.
Several exterior scenes were shot at the brownstone, none more-so famous than when Marilyn Monroe, wearing only a white towelling-robe, is seen waving good-bye from the front window as Tom Ewell’s character runs off down the street.
Fast forward to 2015, and noticeably, the colour of the exterior street-facing wall is now a pale-sandy-yellow whereas before it was dark, and the window shutters have since been removed. Other than that, very little has changed at 164 East 61st Street.
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