A birthday to remember!
Just three months before she died, Marilyn flew to New York to serenade President Kennedy on his 45th birthday. The star had to be sewn into her sheer, flesh-colored Jean Louis gown, which was adorned with 2500 rhinestones. It was so clingy that she wore nothing underneath it. The president (who was romantically linked to Marilyn) joked afterwards, “I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way.” If you can believe it, the gown was sold at auction at Christie’s of New York for more than $1.2 million in 1999.
For the event, Marilyn arrived in New York at Madison Square Garden May 18, 1962 for a rehearsal to prepare for what would be one of her most memorable major public appearances, but tragically, her last. She had left Hollywood against the wishes of studio executives while filming “Something’s Got to Give”, a film that was never completed, to perform at the Democratic Party fundraiser and birthday salute for President John F. Kennedy. Reportedly, Marilyn herself paid $1,000 for her ticket to the event.
Approximately 17,000 people filled Madison Square Garden on the evening on May 19, 1962 to take part in this gala which featured Jack Benny and a host of stars, among them Maria Callas, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Durante, and Peggy Lee.
What occurred that evening has become a legendary moment in the history of American pop culture, with politics and Hollywood colliding head to head while the entire nation looked on. Captured on a few minutes of grainy celluloid, the image of Marilyn Monroe’s breathy, nightclub version of “Happy Birthday” is forever stamped in our collective consciousness. Since that time, the public interest in Marilyn Monroe continues to grow deeper with each passing year. For some, you could say, she is an idol to be worshiped.
In this light, we wrote What She Knew. An attempt by us to help her live on in fiction of a life she was never allowed to live: the time after her death on Aug 4, 1962. So in that spirit, we invite all of you to attend our Amazon Book Launch Party tomorrow evening.
Here are the details:
Authors KR Hughes and TL Burns announce the Amazon Book launch party for their hot new release What She Knew. A book based on the premise – what if Marilyn Monroe had lived to share the secrets she knew. Could it have changed the course of history and saved President Kennedy’s life? The party takes place online Thursday, April 12 from 8-10pm Eastern Time in the Master Koda Special Events Center. The event is free of charge and the public is invited to join the festivities at
http://1862040.videoconference.talkfusionlive.com/golive/m/xGDmVSAnaNnKpabS an online audio/video event center.
Readers and fans will have the opportunity to meet the authors live, win gifts and prizes and have the first chance at grabbing the newly released, What She Knew. Some of the gifts and prizes include a one-of-a-kind necklace designed by Tonya Rupell an acclaimed designer and the owner of Stone Soap Designs whose jewelry was in the Oscar bags of 2012. Other gifts will include specialty hand crafted rose candles created by Serena Gibson of Sweet Aromas 4 U, book bags, book marks, pens and posters and Amazon gift cards.
Other featured authors will be Linda J. Alexander – A Maverick Life; The Jack Kelly Story, Rich Evans – Asylum Lake, Jerry Last – The Ambivalent Corpse who will each be giving away books to selected winners. Best selling author CJ West will offer his book A Demon Awaits free to all who attend the event.
Attendees will click on the link above which will take them to the online event center, enter a six character name in the guest box and click enter on Thursday, April 12.