Marilyn Monroe & the Sexiest (and Longest!) Walk in Cinematic History
Marilyn has perhaps the most famous walk of them all. Her shimmy is so iconic that it stands alone as the opening scene from Niagara. If you haven't seen it yet, it is worth watching. It is sometimes referred to as "the longest walk in cinematic history" -- over 116 feet of film to be exact.
But how did she make her hips sway in a way that was worth expending that much film on?
Perhaps the answer can be found in her biography Goddess, in which Jimmy Starr of the Los Angeles Herald Express writes, "She learned a trick of cutting a quarter of an inch off one heel, so that when she walked, that little fanny would wiggle."
Hips that ruled the world
Supposedly when Marilyn met Groucho and Harpo Marx they asked her "Can you walk?" before they would give her a walk-on art on the film Love Happy. Reportedly Groucho said, "This role calls for a young lady who can walk by men in such a manner as to arouse my elderly libido and cause smoke to issue from my ears."
So she walked for them.
As you can probably guess, she was hired.
For obvious reasons, this method is not recommended. If you do try it, let me know. I'm curious.