Happy Birthday Mr. President (1962)
Star of the month... Marilyn Monroe
|Marilyn sings "Happy Birthday"|
On Saturday 19 May 1962, at the suggestion of actor Peter Lawford, Marilyn Monroe attended the early 4th birthday celebration of President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Marilyn performed "Happy Birthday"in a sultry voice, with a specially written verse based on the Bob Hope song, "Thanks for the Memory".
|JFK thanks Marilyn|
|The dress Marilyn wore|
to the event
Over 15,000 people attended the event - JFK's wife Jackie was not in attendance
The event is significant for two reasons...
- it was one of Marilyn's final public appearances, before her death on 5 August 1962
- there are rumours Marilyn and Kennedy had an affair, giving the performance a new layer of meaning
In 1999, the dress Marilyn wore (designed by Jean Louis) sold at auction for US$1.26 million.
Watch the performance on YouTube: