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GiVe iT uP: Marilyn Monroe

November 4, 2014
Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe.

Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe.

ELLA FITZGERALD:  “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt.  It was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s.  She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night.  She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild.  The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night.  The press went overboard.  After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again.  She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times.  And she didn’t know it.

Mr. and Mrs Miller x 2.

Mr. and Mrs Miller x 2.

ARTHUR MILLER:  “I took my family for granted.  But Marilyn never had one, and she made me appreciate what that means.  When you see how much a family matters to her and you understand the depth of that feeling, you’d have to be an ox not to respond.”

Marilyn Monroe (on the day she sang for J.F.K.) with Isidore Miller, former father-in-law from her marriage to Arthur Miller.

Marilyn remained friends with Isidore Miller after her marriage to Arthur ended in 1961.  Isidore was proud of his friendship with Marilyn, and she kept in touch via long letters that began: “Dear Dad.” Concerned about him after his wife died, Marilyn visited him in Florida in February 1962.  She took him out and entertained him for three days.  After she had left, Isidore found $200 stuffed into an overcoat pocket.

ISIDORE MILLER:  “You see, Marilyn wanted me to protect her, but she also protected me.”


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