"Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that?"
- Marilyn Monroe to George Barris, 1962. Photograph by George Barris.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene, 1957
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Arthur Fellig, 1949
"…maybe it needs a little bit more sugar.”
The only known photograph of Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy at his birthday gala in 1962.
Marilyn and the President only met 4 times, three of them publicly, so it is extremely unlikely they ever conducted the affair that many people believe happened. No rumours about Marilyn and JFK ever circulated until ten years after Marilyn’s death, when Norman Mailer published his controversial and arguably tasteless book about Marilyn, which he later admitted writing “because he needed the money”.
Aside from the fact there is absolutely no hard evidence to suggest that Marilyn and JFK ever had an affair, at the time of the alleged ‘affair’, Marilyn was growing closer to her ex-husband and friend Joe DiMaggio, had been busy buying her own home and furnishing it, and also working on Something’s Got to Give. It is unlikely Marilyn ever had time to have an affair with the President of the United States, never mind keep it a secret from the press.
Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop, 1956