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! Grand Prairie! Stay tuned to see where the dress goes next!
On November 17, 2016, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! set a new Guinness World Record for the most expensive dress sold at auction when they acquired the dress from Julien’s Auctions for a staggering $4.8 million.
Add in auction fees, and the dress cost over $5 million, making it the most expensive dress in the world!
Ripley’s will be showing free outdoor Marilyn Monroe movies every Saturday in October. Along with each movie showing, Ripley’s will be hosting a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest with prizes for the winners. Entries for the look-a-like contest will begin at 6:30-7pm at the ticket booth. The contest will take place in our lobby.
*Movies will begin at 7:30pm, will be shown outdoors, and are weather permitting.
October 7th: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
October 14th: How to Marry a Millionaire
October21st: Some Like It Hot
October 28th: Seven-year Itch
The ticket is marked for section 112, and in 1962 cost only $25.
Bob Mackie signed sketch of Marilyn Monroe in her 1962 Jean Louis designed gown.
Monroe’s inscription (third from the left, in the top row), reads: “To Clive Love & Kisses Marilyn Monroe”
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!