Feb 24, 2011

Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and the Kessler Twins

Have you ever heard of the Kessler Twins? They’re a German triple-threat sister act, beloved in Europe, and particularly Germany and Italy. The sisters enjoyed the peak of their fame in the fifties and sixties, though they are still adored in Europe today.

In this Scopitone video the Kessler Twins do a stylish strut-dance as they lip sync to Quando Quando:

Every time I see the beginning of that routine, it makes me think of Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in the opening number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). The way the sisters move together, with their hands pressed flirtatiously to their upper bodies, and the stillness of their heads as they go through their dance is so similar. Did Jane and Marilyn influence them?

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