Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on May 19th 1962, Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday” for U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The event was a fund-raiser at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (William Forsche), gives you Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday to the president in 1962.
The interesting thing about Peter Lawford giving his introduction to Marilyn Monroe was when he addressed the audience as, ‘the late Marilyn Monroe,’ because on August 1st 1962 she had died, three later after her sultry rendition of singing Happy Birthday to the president.
Afterwards, as an enormous birthday cake was presented to him, President Kennedy came on stage and joked about Monroe’s version of the song, saying, “I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way,” alluding to Marilyn’s delivery, skintight dress, and image as a sex symbol.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy did not attend the celebration.
President Kennedy’s birthday celebration was held at the third Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, and more than 15,000 people attended, including numerous celebrities. The event was a fundraising gala for the Democratic Party.
Monroe’s dress was noted for being made of a sheer and flesh-colored marquisette fabric, with 2,500 shimmering rhinestones sewn into it.
The dress was so tight-fitting that Monroe had difficulty putting it on; she wore nothing under it. It was designed by Jean Louis.
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