MARILYN Monroe’s starring role in the 1955 film is what most people think about when mentioning The Seven Year Itch.
Pre-dating the film it was a medical term, but psychologists now use it to mark a milestone in a relationship when things begin to go stale and people begin to stray.
AP:Associated Press The Seven Year Itch is a romantic comedy set in Manhattan
What is the seven year itch?
The phrase has its roots in medicine, and was used to describe contagious and irritating long-term skin problems.
Not just skin, but the term was often used when referring to any prolonged condition.
It was first used to describe the point in a marriage where men are most likely to cheat in 1952, in the play of the same name by George Axelrod which was later turned into a film.
Film Company Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that most marriages stay together for much longer than seven years
In this context, it refers to a point most couples go through in a relationship when things begin to get boring and predictable.
The initial spark and happiness appears to have faded, and the monotony of daily life takes its toll in a relationship.
At this pivotal milestone, men were typically seen as more likely to cheat on their partners.
But not just romantically, the phrase can also be used to describe dissatisfaction with a job or house.
Is it a real thing?
Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that most marriages stay together for much longer than seven years.
In 1963, the first year where figures are available, showed the median duration of a marriage was 11.5 years, but it did drop to 10.5 in 1970.
At its lowest point, in 1985, marriages lasted on average 8.9 years, but have crept up to 12 years in 2016, the last year data is available.
But that’s not to say a man – or woman – cheated and kept it secret, or a couple was able to work through the itch.
Rex Features The movie features one of the most iconic images of the 20th century and one of Marilyn’s most enduring images
What was the movie about?
Released in 1955, it is a romantic comedy set in Manhattan directed by George Axelrod, who wrote the play.
Pin-up Marilyn Monroe was cast at The Girl, and she stars opposite Tom Ewell, playing Richard Sherman, who reprised his Broadway role for the film.
The movie is most famous for the scene where Marilyn is wearing her iconic white dress standing above a subway grate, causing it to blow up.
It went on to become one of the most iconic images of the 20th century and one of Marilyn’s most enduring images.
Sherman, aka Ewell, is a faithful husband living with his wife Helen (Evelyn Keyes), and son, Ricky (Butch Bernard) in the midst of a summer heatwave in New York.
Sherman sends the pair on holiday, while he settles down to enjoy some of the perks of a bachelor’s life.
But Sherman soon meets his new ditzy neighbour, Monroe, an actress and model.
He seeks help from psychiatrist Dr. Brubaker, where he confides that he fears he is succumbing to ‘the seven year itch’.
An ex-sex worker has penned a tell-all book called Modern Whore – and admits she particularly enjoyed romping with an 80-year-old man
A FORMER escort has written a book about her years in the sex work industry – and claims that an 80-year-old man was one of her favourite clients. Canadian Andrea Werhun first got in to escor…
A FORMER escort has written a book about her years in the sex work industry – and claims that an 80-year-old man was one of her favourite clients.
Canadian Andrea Werhun first got in to escorting after visiting a strip club, and deciding she wanted to be as strong and sexy as the women she watched writhing on stage.
weenerwoman Andrea Werhun has collated her escorting stories and put them all in to a book titled Modern Whore – and she hopes it breaks the stigma about sex work
She said: “What I saw when I entered the club were dancing, naked women on stage who demonstrated beauty, strength and elegance.
“I thought, ‘What the hell is wrong with this? Why is this taboo?’
“To me it seemed like an inverted church: the stripper-cum-preacher on stage delivering her sexy, wordless sermon; the rapt congregation nursing their overpriced bottles of beer; the devout throwing their tithings on stage; the most pious of worshippers looking to confess their sins in private for $20 (£12) a song. I felt like I’d experienced a conversion.”
She decided she wanted to become a stripper, but a friend’s mum urged her to take a different route.
weenerwoman Andrea was inspired to become an escort after a friend’s mum told her she could make a lot of money weenerwoman The Canadian has also written about her sex work past for Playboy and Vice Magazine
Andrea said: “I was surprised when she told me, ‘Why don’t you become an escort instead? It’s private, you’re protected by a driver, and you make a lot more money’.”
She signed up for an agency in her home city of Toronto, called Toronto Sirens, and was making $260 (£155) an hour, of which she got to keep $160 (£95).
But it wasn’t only the cash that motivated Andrea, who admitted to seeing four clients on her first night, she also felt a genuine connection with some of her customers.
She recalls the story of Albert in her Kickstarter-funded tome, who she describes as a retired banker and granddad.
weenerwoman Andrea is now looking for donations to fund her autobiography on Kickstarter weenerwoman Andrea became an escort shortly after she visited a strip club for her 22nd birthday
Writing in Modern Whore, she recalls: “I caressed the sagging skin of Albert’s 80-year-old flesh with curiosity and joy, because the man himself was alive.
“He had energy—undeniably youthful energy. I closed my eyes to the old man under the soft lights and the smokescreen of marijuana and felt myself making love to a man my age.
“A man in his early twenties, as if I were on a secret rendezvous with a lover. With him, I learned getting old was a choice. Albert made me happy to be alive.
“I thought about him often in my spare time. I spoke about him to friends, family, and even to my boyfriend, who once asked, as though reprimanding me, ‘Are you sure you don’t want to date him?’
weenerwoman One of Andrea’s favourite clients was an 80-year-old granddad
“My opinion of Albert, however, was not shared by my fellow w****s. I listened to girls in the car discuss him with disgust.
“‘Eww, Albert’s a dinosaur,’ they said. I attempted to defend him, but the girls grossed out by his age were louder.
“I’d f****d far grosser people half his age, people far less attractive or intellectually stimulating or funny. He was so much more than his body.”
She told the Mail Online that she was inspired to put pen to paper in the hope that it would reduce the stigma attached to her line of work.
weenerwoman Andrea was earning £95-an-hour when she worked as an escort in her early twenties
The 27-year-old said: “I felt no shame about having sex with people for money.
“I like money and I like sex – so what’s the problem? The shame I felt was the shame of others.
“Thankfully, I recognise the societal shame of sex workers as a reflection of our individual reluctance to acknowledge the importance of sexuality in our own lives, informed by a few thousand years of indoctrination that sex is bad, and whores are worse.
weenerwoman Andrea has also appeared in Playboy magazine talking about her sex work
“Times are changing though, and as more sex workers feel safe enough to come out and tell their own stories, the more accepting as a society we will become.”
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Instagram star says her ‘constantly swollen legs’ don’t stop her being sexy as she fights the bullies with bold photoshoot
AN INSTAGRAM star whose legs are constantly swollen has encouraged other people to embrace their bodies and celebrate the differences. Carmen Smith, 30, from California, has been taunted for her sh…
AN INSTAGRAM star whose legs are constantly swollen has encouraged other people to embrace their bodies and celebrate the differences.
Carmen Smith, 30, from California, has been taunted for her shape but now regularly receives messages from women thanking her for showing off her “flaws”.
Barcroft Media Carmen Smith proudly displayed her legs for the camera in a shoot with photographer Efren Cordoba
Carmen developed lymphedema as a child, which causes her legs, ankles and feet to swell significantly due to a compromised lymphatic system.
Despite once being painfully self-conscious of her body, Carmen has learned to embrace its uniqueness and is sharing her journey with her 48,000 Instagram followers.
Carmen said: “Be what you wanna be, not stuck in this weird box society wants to keep us in. Our differences make us beautiful.”
In a powerful photoshoot with photographer Efren Cordoba, Carmern displayed signs to highlight the hashtags now associated with her social media, like #lymphedemawarrior and #eatthecaketoo.
Barcroft Media Carmen Smith was diagnosed with lymphedema as a child Barcroft Media The lymphedema causes her legs to swell Barcroft Media Carmen is praised for her body positive message
The images got a strong reaction from other people suffering with lymphedema, who also struggle with their body image.
She said: “Positive reactions on Instagram make me know that I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.
“The women who are in my inbox saying, “Hey my legs look like yours. I’ve never seen anyone whose body looks like mine.
“‘Thank you for putting yourself out there. You’re making me feel comfortable’. That stuff is big!”.
She went on to say: “I love myself. I can say that 99 percent of the time. I’m only human, so of course I have my bad days.
Barcroft Media Despite initially being self-conscious Carmen now loves her body Barcroft Media Carmen receives messages from other women thanking her for showing off her ‘flaws’ Barcroft Media Carmen now has more than 48,000 Instagram followers Barcroft Media Carmen said: “Be what you wanna be, not stuck in this weird box society wants to keep us in.”
“Nobody’s perfect, but nine times out of 10 I can wake up saying, ‘You’re doing a good job, you’re taking care of your body, you like what you see in the mirror’.
“I think, if we could all do that, honestly this world would be a whole lot more positive than it is now.”
Carmen first noticed the symptoms of lymphedema when she was a young child.
She explained: “My mum tells me I was about three when she noticed that something was going on. I was complaining a lot that my feet hurt.
What is lymphedema – from the NHS
- Lymphoedema is a long-term condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues
- It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs
- It develops when the lymphatic system doesn’t work properly
- The lymphatic system is a network of channels and glands throughout the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid
- It’s important that lymphoedema is identified and treated as soon as possible as if it’s left untreated – it can get worse
“She took me to the doctor and they diagnosed me with lymphedema, stating that most likely I was born without some of my lymph nodes.
“Your lymph nodes and your lymphatic system are supposed to be moving fluids through your body, so in my case the blockage is in my legs. That’s why there’s swelling and discomfort.”
Carmen was forced to wear flipflops all the time as a child as no other shoes comfortably fit her feet.
She would also always try and hide her right leg – which is more swollen than the left – in photos.
Barcroft Media Carmen has spoken out to encourage others to love their bodies too Barcroft Media Carmen’s shoot focused on her battle with lymphedema Barcroft Media Carmen was diagnosed with the condition as a child Barcroft Media As a child Carmen could only wear flipflops as they were the only shoes that would fit her
Throughout her teens and early adulthood, Carmen’s symptoms got worse, and the swelling became more and more noticeable.
She said: “It would just make me horrified and so uncomfortable and embarrassed. To this day, I don’t like people looking at my feet.”
Carmen initially lacked confidence, but her mindset gradually changed as she grew older.
She said: “The turning point was telling myself that I have to start being in a more positive mental space, saying that I’m not going to be defined by what someone else has to say about my body.”
Who are Meghan Markle’s lookalikes? The girls who earn thousands by being Prince Harry’s bride-to-be
MEET the Meg ringers – Britain’s top Meghan Markle doubles, who each bear a striking similarity to the US actress and Prince Harry’s bride-to-be. All four have signed with lookalike agencies since …
MEET the Meg ringers – Britain’s top Meghan Markle doubles, who each bear a striking similarity to the US actress and Prince Harry’s bride-to-be.
All four have signed with lookalike agencies since the star of US TV drama Suits got engaged to Harry last November.
PA:Press Association There are women who earn money by pretending to be Prince Harry’s bride-to-be Meghan Markle
Why do people become lookalikes?
Helena Chard, casting director at agency Susan Scott’s Lookalikes – which has 20 Meghans on its books – said: “The demand for lookalikes of the couple is starting to escalate and after the wedding in May it’s set to boom.”
The going rate for clones of the 36-year-old former actor is around £400 for a few hours’ work, with the potential to earn £2,000 for a day-long gig.
Here are four Meghan lookalikes, who have changed their lives by impersonating the future royal.
Stewart Williams Charity worker Sarah, 35, admits: ‘Buying clothes is so much easier now because I just check what she is wearing’
Sarah lives in Manchester with husband Jabu, 35, they are both charity workers, and their children Josiah, seven, and Mimi Raie, five.
She can make £400 for a few hours as a lookalike and says: “When Prince Harry announced his engagement my life changed overnight. All of a sudden my husband and friends were telling me I resembled his bride-to-be but I had to google Meghan to see what all the fuss was about.
“I went from being a typical school-run mum to being stopped half a dozen times a day by strangers asking for selfies, or people on social media contacting me.
“I didn’t plan to try lookalike work but I started getting contacted by lookalike agencies and journalists. “Now I’m inundated with offers from around the world.
“I’ve been booked for bridal shows, modelling jobs and photoshoots. At first the shoots were daunting, as people adore Meghan and I don’t want to disappoint.
“I used to want to be blonde and didn’t like my nose or smile, but Meghan has changed that and taught me to love my features.
“She is just so effortlessly lovely and beautiful. To see my similar nose on her face or my similar smile on a magazine cover is life-affirming.
“I’m the same height, size and colouring as Meghan. Buying clothes is so much easier now because I just check what she is wearing. It saves huge amounts of time.
“I work for a charity, working with young people, and Meghan does a lot for charity too. Plus, I do acting on the side and Meghan’s work as an actress is amazing.
“I don’t have the same heritage as Meghan — I am Caucasian. My skin colour comes from Spanish ancestry.
“But my husband is black and I am proud my children have a mixed heritage, as I am sure Meghan will be if and when she has children with Harry.”
Stewart Williams Nicole, 23, says Meghan Markle has a good taste in men, as Harry is her type
Nicole, 23, lives in Angel, North London, and is about to start work with BA.
She says: “I first heard of Meghan when she starred as Rachel in Suits and people told me I looked like her. I’d never seen the programme until then.
“I was in a bar once and a guy paid for my drinks all night because he was a fan of the show and had a crush on Rachel.
“He was the first person who told me I looked like Meghan but as the show became well known I got more comments about how similar we look.
“When Meghan was pictured with Harry for the first time I started getting messages every day on Instagram and Facebook from strangers and people who I’ve not seen in ages telling me I look like her.
“Meghan is gorgeous so it’s amazing to be compared to her.
“I’ve just been signed by an agency so I’m excited about what work might come along. I couldn’t believe it at first when they got in touch.
“I did some child modelling so it will be great to get back into it if I can.
“My main focus is my new job with British Airways but doing photoshoots as Meghan, or any other work which comes up, is a good way to keep busy too.
“Meghan has good taste in men and Harry is my type. He’s witty and charming and I think it’s amazing that someone mixed-race is joining the Royal Family.”
Stewart Williams Colleen Phelan, 32, would love to appear as Meghan at charity events and bridal shows
Colleen, 32, from Bromsgrove, Worcs, is a single mum to daughters Ella, 13, and Beau, ten.
She says: “I have just signed up with Susan Scott Lookalikes — I used to model in my early 20s and hope to get work now following the announcement of the engagement. I would love to ‘be’ Meghan at charity events and bridal shows.
“After the engagement Meghan pictures were everywhere and my mum kept telling me my profile and face looked like hers.
“I realised I already wore the same coloured clothes as Meghan does and did my hair and make-up the same.
“I work out and my slim shoulders and arms are another characteristic we have in common. I have been practising Meghan’s favourite hairdos and watching her in Suits. I love the fact she is so natural and seems to really love appearing with Harry.
“I own my own jewellery business and looking like the royal bride-to-be does help to sell engagement rings. A lot of people have been coming in and asking for bespoke rings like Meghan’s.
“Another bonus is that I am getting asked out more by men who tell me I look like Meghan. I have been single for two years and hope to use this chance to find my own Prince Charming.
“I want to make the most of this time when the way I look is fashionable and desirable. It’s time for natural, no-fuss-looking girls to shine, just like Meghan.”
Stewart Williams Danielle, 38, is aiming to make £20,000 in the run-up to the Royal Wedding
Single mum Danielle, 38, lives with son Kayden, five, in Wallington, Hants.
She says: “For me, the royal engagement has come along at just the right time.
“I got made redundant from my job doing admin for a major hairdressing chain but fortunately my Meghan work will help to pay the bills.
“I’d especially love to be a decoy double if the royals ever need to give the media the slip and I’m considering taking lessons in the field of security.
“I am also talking to wedding dress designers about modelling their gowns and I would love to model a range of jewellery.
“I have signed with Susan Scott and I’m going to buy website names with Meghan in them to help promote myself. I also plan to blog about my experience as a Meghan double.
“I know it’s important to have a social media presence so I am talking with friends who are experts about that with the hope of getting more publicity.”
What is This Morning’s Be Kind anti-bullying campaign, how can I get a wristband and which celebrities are backing it?
THIS Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield launched a campaign called Be Kind last year. Here’s everything you need to know about the anti-bullying campaign as it celebrates i…
THIS Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield launched a campaign called Be Kind last year.
Here’s everything you need to know about the anti-bullying campaign as it celebrates its one-year anniversary.
ITV This Morning’s Be Kind Campaign was launched back in March and aims help save the lives of young victims of bullying
What is This Morning’s Be Kind anti-bullying campaign?
This Morning’s Be Kind Campaign was launched last March, following two mothers who appeared on the show to share their tragic stories of how their children took their own lives after being bulled.
The response was so overwhelming after Lucy Alexander, mother of Felix Alexander, 17, and Nicola Harteveld, mother of 14-year-old Megan Evans, spoke that the campaign was launched.
It aims help save the lives of young victims of bullying, and Holly and Phil are urging people to get involved under the hashtag #BeKind.
Viewers and their children are able to watch a video on the This Morning website – so they can understand the importance of speaking out if they’re targeted themselves.
Ruckas Holly Willoughby has offered a helping hand to the campaign
Phillip said: “I think the interviews we did with these poor mums will live with me forever. The stunned grief was heartbreaking. Two lovely young people who, because of bullying felt they had no other option but to take their lives and by doing so, destroy their families.
“If you’re feeling like this PLEASE talk to someone, share how you feel, there is always a solution if you open up. I’m 100% behind this campaign. I hope we can save young lives and show the bullies how catastrophic one tweet, one Snapchat or one text can be.”
Holly added: “We really want this to help children, their families… and even bullies themselves to realise what they are doing.
“It’s fantastic that so many schools have already asked to show our interview to pupils. How much better would the world be if everyone was just that bit kinder to each other?”
Previously, Holly Willoughby fought back tears on This Morning as she comforted guests whose children took their own lives because of constant bullying.
The bubbly presenter couldn’t hide her emotions as she watched her guests tear up as they opened up about their struggle to deal with the loss of their children.
Which celebrities are involved with the Be Kind campaign and how can I help?
Celebrities who have spoken out in support of the campaign include EastEnders’ Jasmine Armfield (who plays Bex Fowler).
The actress has been involved in one of the soap’s most hard-hitting plots and following her big EastEnders storyline, Jasmine has joined forces with This Morning’s Be Kind Campaign.
Viewers can get involved with the campaign by watching the Be Kind video – and pledging to do so with their children.
Does the Queen have a secret speech prepared for World War 3 and what would she say if nuclear war broke out?
THE Queen had a secret speech prepared in case World War 3 broke out, startling papers from 1983 have revealed. During one of the most fraught Cold War periods, the monarch was prepared to address …
THE Queen had a secret speech prepared in case World War 3 broke out, startling papers from 1983 have revealed.
During one of the most fraught Cold War periods, the monarch was prepared to address the nation in the event of nuclear conflict.
Getty The Queen had a secret speech prepared in case of the outbreak of World War III
What does the Queen’s secret speech for World War 3 say?
In the script for the hypothetical broadcast, it is stated that Queen Elizabeth would describe the threat to our “brave country” as “greater” than any other in history.
It also pays homage to the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, who was serving in the Royal Navy at the time.
The speech, which was devised by Whitehall officials but never recorded, has recently been released by the government under the 30-year rule.
It was drawn up as part of a war-gaming exercise in the spring of 1983, which assessed and prepared for potential scenarios.
The script was written with a mind to it being broadcast by The Queen at midday on Friday 4 March, 1983, to prepare the country for World War III.
It begins by referring to her festive address the previous December, before going on to explain that “the horrors of war could not have seemed more remote as my family and I shared our Christmas joy with the growing family of the Commonwealth”.
PA:Press Association The script, prepared for the monarch in the early 1980s during the Cold War period, asked the nation to prepare for conflict
The address continues: “Now, this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds.
“I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father’s [George VI’s] inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939 [at the start of World War II].
“Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.
“But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all, the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength.
“My husband and I share with families up and down the land the fear we feel for sons and daughters, husbands and brothers who have left our side to serve their country.
News Group Newspapers Ltd The Queen’s speech paid homage to Prince Andrew, who at the time was serving in the Royal Navy
“My beloved son Andrew is at this moment in action with his unit and we pray continually for his safety and for the safety of all servicemen and women at home and overseas.
“It is this close bond of family life that must be our greatest defence against the unknown.
“If families remain united and resolute, giving shelter to those living alone and unprotected, our country’s will to survive cannot be broken.”
It concludes by saying the Queen’s message to the nation was “simple”, adding: “As we strive together to fight off the new evil, let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be. God Bless you all.”
Getty – Contributor The Soviet guided missile cruiser Petropavlovsk (565) shadows salvage operations for the Korean Air Lines flight shot down by Soviet aircraft over Sakhalin Island on August 30, 1983
Why was the speech prepared?
At this time, tensions were rife between the Soviet Union and the United States.
On August 30, 1983, Soviet jet fighters intercepted a Korean Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shot it down, killing all 269 on board.
A nuclear war with the Soviet Union was almost triggered two months later when an annual Nato military exercise – code-named Able Archer – was perceived to be a genuine attack.
As the Cold War came to an end, the Soviet Union and the United States later negotiated a reduction in the number of nuclear weapons.
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