Marilyn Monroe is known for a lot of things, and having an affair with president John F. Kennedy is one of them. Some even believe it had something to do with her death. Despite this rumored love triangle between JFK, Jackie Kennedy, and Marilyn Monroe happening in 1961/’62, it’s still generating press.
The new book, These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie, by Christopher Andersen, has some juicy details. From Daily Mail:
Marilyn Monroe called Jackie Kennedy at the White House and confessed she was having an affair with her husband, to which the First Lady responded ‘that’s great… I’ll move out and you’ll have all the problems,’ according to [the] book.
…author Christopher Andersen claims Jackie ‘knew everything’ about Jack’s cheating and turned a blind eye, but his relationship with Marilyn ‘seemed to bother her the most.’
Marilyn, who long grappled with psychiatric and emotional problems as well as drugs and alcohol, was convinced JFK was about to leave Jackie for her, her friend Jeanne Carmen reportedly revealed. ‘Can’t you just see me,’ she asked Carmen, ‘as first lady?’
According to excerpts of the book, published by The New York Post today, Peter Lawford claimed Marilyn called Jackie and told her she was sleeping with Jack, and that he’d allegedly promised to leave his family for her.
‘Marilyn, you’ll marry Jack, that’s great,’ Jackie responded, according to the account. ‘And you’ll move into the White House and you’ll assume the responsibilities of first lady, and I’ll move out and you’ll have all the problems.’
Yeah, I don’t know if I believe Peter Lawford’s story, but I’m down with the rest.
The book also goes into JFK’s dependence on drugs, prescribed by his questionable doctor, Max Jacobson, for issues like his bad back.
If I had money, I’d buy the book. Oh, I just remembered that libraries exist. They scare me (it’s the quiet) but maybe I’ll go in there for this. Probably not, the head librarian is a real jerk.
August 6, 2013 at 6:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
I found this article on Marilyn Monroe in Google’s newspaper archives, so this dates way back from to 1961. Apparently a year and a half before Ms. Monroe died, she suffered from a “mystery illness.” Could it have anything to do with her still suspicious death? Probably not, but it’s fun to speculate.
On February 9 of 1961, Marilyn Monroe was admitted into New York Hospital for “an illness of undetermined origin” after a near collapse. A doctor said that her condition was “satisfactory.” Those were the only details given.
The article also notes that a mere 2 weeks before, Marilyn divorced playwright Arthur Miller. Perhaps her “mystery illness” was stress related? The couple were married for 4 years and Monroe was devastated after their split. Rumor is a possible affair between Monroe and her co-star Yves Montand contributed to their breakup
Fun fact: When checking into hotels or hospitals, Marilyn Monroe liked to use the alias “Faye Miller.”
July 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Marilyn Monroe‘s death has been long disputed — was it suicide, accidental, or murder? It’s been a few years now, so new “evidence” of Ms. Monroe’s “murder” was bound to surface, because people will never tire of Monroe gossip, or of making money off her in some way. And now we have some “secret tapes” that just resurfaced, with the source claiming, “I listened to Marilyn Monroe die.”
I’ve changed my mind over the years, going back and forth from thinking suicide to accident, and then briefly thinking murder because if she swallowed so many pills, how come there wasn’t a glass of water in the room? But that’s a long debate in and of itself, the infamous water glass. (And by the way, if you’re interested in this entire story, you should read The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker.) It’s like her version of Kennedy’s “magic bullet”. And speaking of the Kennedys…
One of the persistent theories/rumors/stories is that the Kennedys were responsible for Marilyn Monroe’s death, because out of everything they had going on at the time, a movie star was definitely the most important thing and at the top of their list to deal with. Apparently, these recently uncovered tapes are recordings of her being murdered, and by Bobby Kennedy. Detective Fred Otash (now deceased) allegedly bugged her home, and his daughter Colleen says she found these tapes and listened to them. From The Daily Mail via MSN:
Colleen uncovered a stash of tapes in a suburban storage unit owned by her father. There, in his notes, Colleen said her father wrote “I listened to Marilyn Monroe die.”
Otash’s notes claim that on that same day, he heard Monroe screaming while having a violent argument with the Kennedys (The Daily Mail does not state which Kennedys, but it is implied that it was John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy). “She’s in the bedroom and Bobby gets the pillow and he muffles her on the bed to keep the neighbors from hearing. She finally quieted down and then he was looking to get out of there,” the Mail reports Otash as writing.
So yeah, this basically proves nothing and may not even be real, but who doesn’t love a good old school Hollywood mystery? I’m sure next we’ll find tapes of Natalie Wood drowning, with Christopher Walken in the background saying, “Help…someone…someone help the poor girl. I–I am not. Very good…at swimming, I can’t…the swimming, it’s not…it’s not what I. What I do. Is anyone. Out? There?”
Do YOU think Marilyn Monroe was murdered?
June 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Marilyn Monroe, Ms. “Candle In The Wind” still generates gossip even though she’s been dead since 1962. That’s TRUE star power. Every once in a while we’ll see some item of clothing being auctioned off or a pile of never-before-seen photographs emerge. She still sells. At this point people are probably just making stuff up Ms. Monroe. The latest rumor is that she wore falsies. Actually I think I’ve heard this one before, many times. But not from Michael Musto! And not this particular anecdote. So that’s something. Barely. From The Village Voice:
Late reporter James Bacon talked in his memoir about how he ran into Marilyn Monroe on the day she tested for The Asphalt Jungle, which ended up being a 1950 John Huston-directed classic crime drama. The young blonde had clearly stuffed herself with cotton and basically looked like a giant human swab, if more appealing. “Marilyn, what the hell have you done to yourself?” Bacon asked. “You look grotesque. You look like a filing cabinet with the top drawer pulled out.”
Marilyn looked hurt and explained that her agent had advised her to dress sexy because they were looking for a woman with large breasts.
It turned out she didn’t need the stuffing at all.
Huston later told Bacon that when the starlet came in to audition, he promptly reached into her sweater and yanked the cotton right out.
“I pulled out the falsies,” Huston admitted, “and said, ‘Now we’ll read for the part’.”
Which she got.
It’s refreshing to know that even the biggest stars felt self-conscious. Even Audrey Hepburn thought she wasn’t pretty.
April 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Poor Lindsay. Last year, Michelle Williams totally stole the role she was born for in My Week with Marilyn, and now there’s another Marilyn movie, Blonde, in the works, but did Lindsay get the part? No, no, Naomi Watts had to steal that away from her too. The injustice of it all.
But really, this new Marilyn movie sounds really good:
As to the scope of “Blonde,” don’t expect a “Lincoln”-like sliver of the troubled star’s life. “It’s about her whole life,” Andrew Dominik said, definitively. “It starts when she’s seven and it ends when she dies.” Dominik acknowledged that it will be based on the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominated novel by Joyce Carol Oates, then clarified his approach to the material. “It’s sort of a Polanski descent-into-madness-type movie,” Dominik explained. “It’s about this orphan girl who gets lost in the woods.”
Those comments echo his earlier description of the movie as an ”emotional nightmare fairy tale,” and Dominik sounds genuinely excited about the project. “I love it,” he said. “It’s my dream project and I’ve been working on it for years and years and years.” Given his ability to make real-world characters into genuinely mythological figures, as he did in both ‘Jesse James’ and his first film, the hard-nosed Australian drama “Chopper” (that made a star out of some guy named Eric Bana), it seems like the perfect subject matter for the filmmaker.
When we asked Dominik if he was going to push, visually, into the realm of what-is-reality-what-is-fantasy, Dominik said yes. “It’s very pseudo-Freudian,” he said. “The lines between fantasy and reality become very blurred in the story.” About when the film will actually shoot, Dominik optimistically says, “I’d like to do it next year.” He says he hasn’t hired a cinematographer yet, but that Naomi Watts — who was attached early on, but over the summer seemed like she might have to bow out — is still on board, although, as he said, “Anything can happen.”
Right? That sounds good, doesn’t it? And I mean, if Lindsay could do the Marilyn Monroe Playboy shoot, then she could definitely do this movie. What does Naomi Watts have that Lindsay doesn’t? Hasn’t Lindsay proven herself yet?
November 26, 2012 at 9:30 am by Emily
Previously unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe were published this past weekend on CNN, photos that were found at a garage sale in New Jersey by photographer Anton Fury in the 80′s. The photos were negatives at the time of purchase, and were sold to Fury for $2. Fury claims that he bought the photos simply because they were so old, and had no idea that Marilyn Monroe would be the subject of the photo shoot, which was conducted prior to her star rising to an astronomical level, according to experts.
Monroe is estimated to be 24 in the photos, which were alleged to be taken somewhere in Hollywood.
After viewing these photos, what was true decades ago still remains today: Marilyn Monroe was easily one of America’s most buoyant, magnetic icons, and her beauty will probably be remembered ’til the end of time.
I just can’t imagine, though, why this dude held onto them for so damned long. Seriously.
Photos via CNN via Anton Fury