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Marilyn Monroe in Playboy
The famous nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe which appeared in the first issue of Playboy (December 1953) were taken by a photographer named Tom Kelley several years earlier, just as Marilyn was a struggling starlet. A calendar company purchased the rights to the photos and used them for a calendar. Hugh Hefner later used these images in the first issue of his new magazine.

First Playboy Magazine - Click for centrefold
Playboy (click to peek inside)

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The Music of 1953

Australian Radio in 1953

Television in 1953

Television was not introduced into Australia until 1956. However, shows that later became popular in Australia were already being broadcast elsewhere. These included:
The Lone Ranger 1949-61 cast
Dragnet 1951-58 & 1967-69 cast  
I Love Lucy 1951-55 cast  
The Cisco Kid
(First TV series made in colour)
Victory at Sea 1952    
Our Miss Brooks 1952-57 cast  
The Nelsons 1952-66 cast  
The Adventures of Superman 1953-55 cast  
The Loretta Young Show 1953-60    

Movies in 1953

Title Cast Academy Awards Buy
April in Paris directed by David Butler Doris Day
Ray Bolger
Calamity Jane directed by David Butler Doris Day
Howard Keel
Best Song ("Secret Love")

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From Here to Eternity directed by Fred Zinnemann Burt Lancaster
Deborah Kerr
Frank Sinatra
Montgomery Clift
Donna Reed
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Editing
Best Sound
Best Screenplay
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The Cruel Sea directed by Charles Frend Jack Hawkings
Denholm Elliotd
Donald Sinden
Genevieve directed by Henry Cornelius Dinah Sheridab
John Gregson
Kay Kendall
Kenneth More
Geoffrey Keen
Joyce Grenfell
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes directed by Howard Hawks Marilyn Monroe
Jane Russell
Charles Coburn
Elliott Reid
Tommy Noonan
George Winslow
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How to Marry a Millionaire directed by Jean Negulesco Betty Grable
Marilyn Monroe
Lauren Bacall
David Wayne
Rory Calhoun
Cameron Mitchell
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Moulin Rouge directed by John Huston Jose Ferrer
Collette Marchand
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Suzanne Flon
Katherine Kath
Claude Nollier
Best Art & Set Direction (1953)
Best Costume Design (1953)
The Robe directed by Henry Koster Richard Burton
Jean Simmons
Victor Mature
Michael Rennie
Best Art & Set Design (1954)
Best Costume Design (1954)

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Roman Holiday directed by William Wyler Gregory Peck
Audrey Hepburn
Eddie Albert
Hartley Power
Best Actress (1954)
Best Costume Design (1954)
Best Story (1954)
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Shane directed by George Stevens Alan Ladd
Jean Arthur
Van Heflin
Brandon de Wilde
Jack Palance
Best Cinematography
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Books of 1953

Farenheit 451
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Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin Click here to purchase
Second Foundation Isaac Asimov Click here to purchase
Childhood's End Arthur C Clarke Click here to purchase
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Click here to purchase

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