Frank Worth was considered a photographer-to-the-stars during Hollywood’s Golden Age. His most famous shot was of Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway grate during the filming of The Seven Year Itch. Her dress billowing upward defined a generation. It also may have led to Joe DiMaggio divorcing her. Frank snapped candid pictures of his actor-friends between 1939 and 1964.
The NAC Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale is presenting the work of Frank Worth through July 14th. The exhibition is appropriately called The Seven Week Itch, due to the length of its run, which began last week. Featured is seldom seen snapshots of <– Marilyn, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, James Dean, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, and Jayne Mansfield (who dated Worth for a time). His access to the sets of studio productions included How to Marry a Millionaire, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant.
At the time, Frank Worth’s day job was as a newswire sports photographer. His assigned team was the Los Angeles Dodgers. Some of his early subjects were James Cagney, Frank McHugh, Pat O’Brien, and Spencer Tracy (below). He also documented Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding. Worth died in 2000. His work became available through Christie’s Auction House about a decade ago.
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The NAC Gallery is at 3325 N.E. 32nd St. in Fort Lauderdale. The cost to attend The Seven Week Itch is FREE; and when dressed as a vintage star, take home a limited-edition lithograph.
Until next time> “never forget”