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Birth nameMarilyn Sternberg
BornFebruary 26, 1943 (age 78)
New York City
GenresPop, standards, jazz, classical, comedy, acting, dialectician
Occupation(s)Singer, comedian, writer
LabelsDebbie Records, Warner Bros. Records, ABC Paramount, MEW Records Marilyn Michaels Productions

Marilyn Michaels (born Marilyn Sternberg, February 26, 1943) is a comedian, singer, actress, impressionist, author, and composer.


Marilyn Michaels was born in Manhattan to Russian émigrés: Cantoress and actress Fraydele Oysher and father Harold Sternberg, who was a senior basso with the Metropolitan Opera for 37 years. Cantor and film actor Moishe Oysher was her uncle.[1]

Michaels began performing with her mother at age 7 on the Yiddish stage and throughout Canada. At 14, she was soloist in her father and uncle's choir, and also sang duets with Oysher on the classic recording, 'Moishe Oysher’s Chanukah Party.'

She attended the High School of Music & Art as a music major, but switched to Art in her sophomore year.[2][3] While still in high school, she was signed to Debbie Records, headed by Ray Rainwater (brother of Marvin Rainwater) and her first single, 'Johnny Where Are You,' was produced by Phil Ramone. This was followed by a recording contract with RCA Victor record producers Hugo and Luigi, for which she sang 'Tell Tommy I Miss Him' — the answer-song to the hit 'Tell Laura I Love Her' — by Ray Peterson.[4] She recorded both U.S. and UK versions. She later recorded for Warner Brothers and ABC Paramount [5][6] and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Jackie Gleason American Scene Magazine and NBC's Hullabaloo, with Sammy Davis Jr.[7] She would appear with Sammy Davis Jr. again on The Name of the Game, The Flip Wilson Show, and Sammy in Acapulco.[8]

Funny Girl, Kopykats, and Playboy[edit]

In 1965, after signing with ABC Paramount and starring at New York's Copacabana,[9][10][11] as well as Las Vegas and London, Marilyn starred for a year as Fanny Brice in the National Company of Funny Girl.[12][13][14] She reprised the role six months after the year-long run ended when Carol Lawrence was injured before her turn as Fanny at the Westbury Music Fair in Long Island, New York.[15]

During Funny Girl, Marilyn made appearances on The Dean Martin Show and The Red Skelton Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and The Jonathan Winters Show.[16] In 1973 she starred as the only female performer in the Emmy-nominated comedy series The Kopykats for ABC's Kraft Music Hall (Smith Hemion Productions).[17][18][19][20] Marilyn later starred with Rich Little in a 1981 TV commercial for the Diet 7 Up Campaign, 'Look Who’s Turning Diet 7 Up.'[21]

She appeared in a Playboy pictorial for Playboy as Bette Midler, Bo Derek, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Lily Tomlin and Brooke Shields.[22] She reprised some of these characters while working with Debbie Reynolds on The Love Boat in 1982.[23] In that year, Woody Allen also cast her in a cameo as 1930s film star Mae West in Zelig. When Allen decided to cut the piece, preferring documentary footage to an impression, Marilyn wrote of her experience working with Allen, including photos showing her dressed in Woody's garb, for U.S. Magazine.[24]

In 1983, she performed five voices for the PBS series Reading Rainbow for the book 'Gregory the Terrible Eater',[25] and was all the voices for the satire audio book, 'Frankly Scarlett, I Do Give a Damn!'[26]

Catskills on Broadway—Present[edit]

Marilyn made her Broadway debut at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in the original cast of Catskills on Broadway,[27] which won the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Comedy.[28] She performed in her own revue, Broadway Ballyhoo, at Harrah's in Atlantic City,[29] and was the host of the radio show The Broadway Hour on WEVD-AM New York.[30] She has written two articles for The New York Times regarding the proposed revival of Funny Girl,[31] and has composed the score, as well as co-written the libretto, to a new musical comedy, Alysha, with son Mark Wilk.[32]

In June 2018 Marilyn and Mark Wilk came out with a humorous biography, 'How Not to Cook for the Rest of Your Life.'[33]

Personal life[edit]

On October 5, 2008, Michaels married her third husband, Steven Portnoff, in her Upper West Side apartment.[34]


  • The Moishe Oysher Chanukah Party (1957)
  • Johnny Where Are You (1959)
  • Tell Tommy I Miss Him (single, 1960)
  • Danny (single, '60)
  • Past the Age of Innocence (single, '60)
  • Fraydele Oysher and Her Daughter Marilyn: Yiddish Soul (1961)
  • Marilyn Michaels, The Fantastic and Exciting Debut 1963
  • Don’t Count The Days (Bacharach/David single, 1967)
  • Macarthur Park (single, 1967)
  • My Red Riding Hood (single, '67)
  • I’m Naïve ('67 single, from The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood)
  • The Times They Are A Changin ('67)
  • I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now ('67 Single)
  • Voices (1983)
  • A Mother’s Voice (1998)
  • The Oysher Heritage: Moishe Oysher, Fraydele Oysher (2005)
  • Wonderful At Last (2008)


  • New Faces (1964)
  • The Jackie Gleason Show (1964)
  • On Broadway Tonight (1964)
  • The Mike Douglas Show (1964)
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (1964)
  • Hullabaloo (1965)
  • The Dean Martin Show (1967)
  • The Red Skelton Show (1967)
  • Snap Judgment (1967)
  • The Joey Bishop Show (1967)
  • The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson (1967)
  • The Jonathan Winters Show (1968)
  • The Dating Game (1968)
  • Operation Entertainment (1968)
  • The Name of the Game (1970)
  • The Engelbert Humperdinck Show (1970)
  • The David Frost Show (1972)
  • The Hollywood Squares (1972)
  • The Flip Wilson Show (1972)
  • The Kopykats (1973)
  • Ed Sullivan On Broadway (1973)
  • The George Kirby Show (1974)
  • Stand Up and Cheer (1974)
  • What's A Nice Country Like You.. (1974)
  • Wide World of Entertainment Special w/ Alan King (1974)
  • Saturday Night Live/Howard Cosell (1975)
  • The Dinah Shore Show (1975)
  • The Bobby Vinton Show (1975)
  • Sammy & Co. in Acapulco (1976)
  • The Mike Douglas Christmas Special (1977)
  • Fantasy Island 'Rock Stars' (1979)
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1980)
  • The Diet 7UP Campaign (1981)
  • The Alan Thicke Show (1981)
  • The Tomorrow Show w/ Tom Snyder (1981)
  • The Breakfast Connection (1981)
  • Regis Morning Show (1981)
  • The John Davidson Show (1981)
  • TV Guide Salute to the 80's (1981)
  • Live at Five (1981)
  • Good Morning New York (1981)
  • The Love Boat (1982)
  • The Merv Griffin Show (1982)
  • US Magazine Awards (1982)
  • Tribute to the 30s (Donald O'Connor) (1982)
  • 4th Annual Cheerleading Championship (1982)
  • PM Magazine (1982)
  • The Norm Crosby Show (1983)
  • Tattletales (1983)
  • Tribute to the Olympics (1983)
  • Nightwatch (1983)
  • The Joan Lunden Show (1983)
  • Regis and Kathie Lee (1983/2000)
  • NBC News at Five with Tom Snyder (1983)
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984)
  • On Stage America (1984)
  • People's Choice Awards (1984)
  • Match Game/Hollywood Squares (1984)
  • The Robert Morley Show (1985)
  • The Ruth Westheimer Show (1985)
  • The New Hollywood Squares (1987)
  • The Steve Allen Show (1987)
  • Word Play (1987)
  • The Robert Klein Show (1987)
  • The Tomorrow Show (1987)
  • One Life to Live (1988)
  • People Are Talking (1988)
  • Reading Rainbow- 'Gregory the Terrible Eater' (1988)
  • CNBC Talk Live/Beverly Sills (1990)
  • Comedy Central/Jon Stewart (1990)
  • The Howard Stern Show (1990/1991/1996)
  • The Maury Povich Show (1991)
  • The Paul Provenza Show (1992)
  • WLIW Award in Excellence (1997)
  • Women in Comedy (1998)
  • E Channel Celebrity Homes (2000)
  • Sally Jesse Raphael (2000)
  • The Joan Rivers Show (2000)
  • Ticket (2001/2005)
  • Profiles (2018)
  • Good Day New York (2018)
  • WPIX News (2018)


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  2. ^'Dewar's Profile'.
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  14. ^Safran, Don (October 6, 1965). 'Funny Girl in Rehearsal Here'. The Dallas Times Herald.
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External links[edit]

  • Marilyn Michaels at IMDb
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The Seven Year Itch
Directed byBilly Wilder
Screenplay byGeorge Axelrod
Billy Wilder
Based onThe Seven Year Itch
by George Axelrod
Produced byCharles K. Feldman
Billy Wilder
StarringMarilyn Monroe
Tom Ewell
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byHugh S. Fowler
Music byAlfred Newman
Distributed by20th Century-Fox
Release date
  • June 1, 1955 (Premiere)
  • June 3, 1955 (United States)
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American romantic comedy film based on a 1952 three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and stars Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, reprising his Broadway role from the play. It contains one of the most notable images of the 20th century – Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress is blown upwards by a passing train.[1] The titular phrase, which refers to declining interest in a monogamous relationship after seven years of marriage, has been used by psychologists.[2]


Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) is a middle-aged publishing executive with an overactive imagination, whose wife, Helen (Evelyn Keyes), and son, Ricky, are spending the summer in Maine. When he returns home from the train station with the kayak paddle Ricky accidentally left behind, he meets a woman (Marilyn Monroe), who is a commercial actress and former model who rents the apartment upstairs while in town to make television spots for a brand of toothpaste. That evening, he works on reading the manuscript of a book in which psychiatrist Dr. Brubaker (Oskar Homolka) claims that almost all men are driven to have extra-marital affairs in the seventh year of marriage. Sherman has an imaginary conversation with Helen, trying to convince her, in three fantasy sequences, that he is irresistible to women, including his secretary, a nurse, and Helen's bridesmaid, but she laughs it off. A tomato plant then crashes into his lounge chair; the woman upstairs apologizes for accidentally knocking it off the balcony, and Richard invites her down for a drink.

Tom Ewell reprised his Broadway role with Monroe replacing Vanessa Brown.

While he waits for her to arrive, he vacillates between a fantasy of her as a femme fatale overcome by his playing of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, and guilt at betraying his wife. When she does come down, she is wearing pink pajamas and turns out to be a naive and innocent young woman. On his suggestion, she brings back a bottle of champagne from her apartment and returns in a white dress. Richard, overcome by his fantasies, awkwardly grabs at her while they are playing 'Chopsticks' together on the piano, causing them to fall off the piano bench. He apologizes, but she says it happens to her all the time. Guilt-ridden, however, he asks her to leave.

The next day at work, Richard is distracted by the fear that Helen will find out about his indiscretion, though Helen is none the wiser and just wants Richard to send Ricky his paddle so he can use the kayak. Richard's waning resolve to resist temptation fuels his fear that he is succumbing to the 'Seven Year Itch'. He seeks help from Dr. Brubaker, who has come into the office to discuss his book, but to no avail.

When he keeps hearing of his wife spending time with her writer friend McKenzie in Maine, Richard imagines that they are carrying on an affair, and he decides to invite the young woman out to dinner and a movie. After seeing The Creature from the Black Lagoon, she stands over the subway grate to experience the breeze – Monroe in the iconic scene in the pleated white halterneck dress, blowing her skirt in the wind. He lets her stay the night in his air-conditioned apartment (her upstairs apartment is uncooled) so that she will be well-rested for a television appearance the next day.

The next morning, Richard comes to his senses, and fearing his wife's retribution (which he imagines in a fantasy scene), he tells the young woman she can stay in his apartment, and runs off, paddle in hand, to catch the next train to Maine to be with Helen and Ricky.


Monroe posing for photographers while filming the subway grate scene for The Seven Year Itch in September 1954
  • Marilyn Monroe as The Girl (credited as such, though Richard Sherman satirically remarks 'maybe she's Marilyn Monroe')
  • Tom Ewell as Richard Sherman (billed as Tommy Ewell)
  • Evelyn Keyes as Helen Sherman
  • Sonny Tufts as Tom MacKenzie
  • Robert Strauss as Kruhulik
  • Oscar Homolka as Dr. Brubaker
  • Marguerite Chapman as Miss Morris
  • Victor Moore as Plumber
  • Donald MacBride as Mr. Brady
  • Roxanne as Elaine
  • Carolyn Jones as Nurse Finch
  • Tom Nolan as Ricky Sherman (uncredited)
  • Doro Merande as Waitress at Vegetarian Restaurant (uncredited)
  • Kathleen Freeman as Woman at Vegetarian Restaurant (uncredited)


'Piano Concerto No. 2'Gary Graffman, Leonard Bernstein, & the NYPO[4]Played on a record and often in the score
'Sentimental Journey'Played often in the score
'Chopsticks'Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell


Marilyn Monroe's skirt blows upwards in the film.
The depiction of Monroe over the grate has been compared to a similar event in the 1901 short film What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City.[5][6]

The Seven Year Itch was filmed between September and November 1954, and is the only Billy Wilder film released by 20th Century-Fox.

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The characters of Elaine (Dolores Rosedale), Marie, and the inner voices of Sherman and The Girl were dropped from the play; the characters of the Plumber, Miss Finch (Carolyn Jones), the Waitress (Doro Merande), and Kruhulik the janitor (Robert Strauss) were added. Many lines and scenes from the play were cut or re-written because they were deemed indecent by the Hays office. Axelrod and Wilder complained that the film was being made under straitjacketed conditions. This led to a major plot change: in the play, Sherman and The Girl have sex; in the movie, the romance is reduced to suggestion; Sherman and the Girl kiss twice, once outside the movie theater, the other time before Sherman goes to take Ricky's paddle to him.

The footage of Monroe's dress billowing over a subway grate was shot twice: the first take was shot on location outside the Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theater, then located at 586 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, while the second take was on a sound stage. Both eventually made their way into the finished film,[citation needed] despite the often-held belief that the original on-location footage's sound had been rendered useless by the overexcited crowd present during filming in New York.

The exterior shooting location of Richard's apartment was 164 East 61st Street in Manhattan.[7]


Box office[edit]

A major commercial success, the film earned $6 million in rentals at the North American box office.[8]

Critical response[edit]

The original 1955 review by Variety was largely positive. Though Hollywood production codes prohibited writer-director Billy Wilder from filming a comedy where adultery takes place, the review expressed disappointment that Sherman remains chaste.[9] Some critics compared Richard Sherman to the fantasizing lead character in James Thurber's short story 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'.[10]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, 87% of 30 reviews from critics are positive, with an average rating of 7.3/10.[11]

In the 1970s Wilder called the movie 'a nothing picture because the picture should be done today without censorship.. Unless the husband, left alone in New York while the wife and kid are away for the summer, has an affair with that girl there's nothing. But you couldn't do that in those days, so I was just straitjacketed. It just didn't come off one bit, and there's nothing I can say about it except I wish I hadn't made it. I wish I had the property now.'[12]

Awards and honors[edit]

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Date of ceremonyAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
January 29, 1956[13][14]Directors Guild of America AwardOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesBilly WilderNominated
February 23, 1956[15][16]Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyTom EwellWon

In 2000, American Film Institute included the film as No. 51 in AFI's 100 Years..100 Laughs.[17] The film was included in 'The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made' in 2002.[18]

See also[edit]

  • Forever Marilyn – a giant statue of Monroe in the white dress, by John Seward Johnson II


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  2. ^Dalton, Aaron (January 1, 2000). 'The Ties That Unbind'. Psychology Today. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  3. ^'The Seven Year Itch (1955): Soundtracks'. IMDb. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  4. ^
  5. ^Rosemary Hanes with Brian Taves. 'Moving Image Section – Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division' The Library of Congress. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  6. ^Lee Grieveson, Peter Krämer. The silent cinema reader (2004) ISBN0-415-25283-0, 0-415-25284-9, Tom Gunning 'The Cinema of Attractions' p. 46. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  7. ^The Cad
  8. ^'All Time Domestic Champs', Variety, January 6, 1960, p. 34.
  9. ^Variety Staff (January 1, 1955). 'The Seven Year Itch'. Variety. Reviews. Archived from the original on August 11, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
  10. ^Schildcrout, Jordan (2019). In the Long Run: A Cultural History of Broadway's Hit Plays. New York and London: Routledge. p. 103. ISBN978-0367210908.
  11. ^The Seven Year Itch at Rotten Tomatoes
  12. ^'Conversations with Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond [Part 8]' November 28, 2011 by Scott Go Into the Story accessed May 28, 2014
  13. ^'Directors Guild of America, USA: Awards for 1956'. IMDb. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  14. ^'8th Annual DGA Awards: Honoring Outstanding Directorial Achievement for 1955 – Winners and Nominees – Feature Film'. DGA. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  15. ^'The Envelope: Past Winners Database – 1955 13th Golden Globe Awards'. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 17, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  16. ^'The 13th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1956)'. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  17. ^'AFI's 100 Years..100 Laughs'(PDF). American Film Institute. 2002. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  18. ^'The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made'. The New York Times. 2002. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2013.

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