Happy Birthday, Mr. President...
On May 19, 1962, Marilyn Monroe made history when she famously sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden in a stunning, provocative flesh-colored gown. The dress is currently located at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Francisco! Stay tuned to see where the dress goes next!
The ticket is marked for section 112, and in 1962 cost only $25.
Made from highly valued Siberian silver fox, this evening stole was owned and worn by Marilyn on numerous occasions. Dating from the late 1950s, the cloche shown here was adorned with peach colored ostrich feathers and was made by Manhattan’s Glenover Henry Pollak company.
Monroe’s inscription (third from the left, in the top row), reads: “To Clive Love & Kisses Marilyn Monroe”
Bob Mackie signed sketch of Marilyn Monroe in her 1962 Jean Louis designed gown.
JFK’s birthday party featured some of the biggest names in show business. Marilyn definitely stole the show, but performances by Ella Fitzgerald, Danny Kaye, Bobby Darin, Maria Callas, Jack Benny, and the show’s finale, Diahann Carroll, were also electrifying.
Believe It or Not!, after Marilyn’s sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday”, five more entertainers had to perform after her!