At the Actor's Studio (photo by Ray Schatt). Click photo to enlarge.
“Imperfection is beauty,
madness is genius,
and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous
than absolutely boring.”
Madison Square Garden
Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy
it's considered one of the most memorable live performances of the past century.
More than 15,000 people attended the celebration in honor of Kennedy’s 45th birthday
(on May 29th). Monroe arrived late to the event, which host Peter Lawford made into a running joke all evening, introducing her several times though she didn’t appear onstage. When she finally did emerge from backstage, she was wearing a flesh-colored dress covered with over 2,500 rhinestones. The dress was so tight that it was sewn on to her body before the event. She sang with a sultry voice and bedroom eyes,
and she wrote special lyrics-
"Thanks, Mr. President/For all the things you’ve done/The battles that you’ve won/
The way you deal with U.S. Steel/And our problems by the ton/
We thank you so much."
When Kennedy took the stage after her performance, he joked -
“I can now retire from politics after having had ‘Happy Birthday’
sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way.”
Monroe’s performance for Kennedy was one of her last major public appearances.
She died that August 5th, only three months later.
Part 9 of a Documentary reconstruction of her last days
while trying to shoot "Somethings Gotta Give"
“I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together,”
“If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”
“Ever notice how ‘What the hell’ is always the right answer?”