Marilyn Monroe performing at at John F. Kennedy’s birthday celebration in New York City, May 19th, 1962. There were roughly fifteen thousand people who appeared at what doubled as a benefit for the Democratic National Committee deficit from the 1960 campaign. Tickets ranged from $100 — $1,000. Aside from Marilyn, other performers included Ella Fitzgerald, Maria Callas, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, Peggy Lee, Henry Fonda, Harry Belafonte, Mike Nichols, Elaine May and Mike Nichols, plus several, several more.
Marilyn arrived nearly forty-five minutes late, to which Peter Lawford jokingly introduced her as “The late Marilyn Monroe…” An eerie statement seeing as she would be found dead only three months later. Beautifully, she took the stage and performed “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” and “Thanks for the Memories.”
“I was worried I’d get up there and nothing would come out,” she told Richard Meryman during her Life interview a couple of months later. She was escorted by her former father-in-law, Isidore Miller, whom she had grown very close with during her marriage to Arthur. She spent almost the entire night at his side and made sure to introduce her to Kennedy.
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