This year, May, is another Marilyn related aniversary: the famous and infamous night, May 19, 1962, when 35-year-old Marilyn — literally sewn into a sparkling, jaw-droppingly tight dress – sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy during a star-studded concert at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the commander in chief’s 45th birthday.
President Kennedy reportedly showed up stag, shall we say, after First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy skipped the event to visit friends in Virginia. Here’s a clip of that performance,
While Marilyn was filming for Fox Studios the ultimately never released Something’s Gotta Give, she was given special permission to travel to New York for the serenade to President Kennedy. Here are a couple of shots from the set on that movie, where Marilyn was supposed swim in a nude colored body suit…but which she promptly shucked off to swim nude (photos credit Vanity Fair),
Here’s a closing pic of Marilyn posing with Bogart and Bacall, with Bogy keepin’ his eyes on the goodies, and Bacall wondering if a threesome was in order…