Happy Birthday, Mr. President

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Marilyn's dress was a sheer nylon slip with 2500 rhinestones sewn on it. The dress was so snug that she had to be sewn into it. There are rumors that, fifteen minutes before going onstage, Marilyn had a sexual encounter with someone backstage (I forget who). I find this hard to believe, considering she would have had to be sewn back into her dress. But that's how some people explain her "windswept" hair that night; don't forget she was wearing a wig.
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The bash was held May 19, 1962 at Madison Square Garden. Peter Lawford was making fun of Marilyn's perpetual lateness by giving her a really long introduction, during which she should have come on-stage several times. In the middle of his last attempt, she sauntered on-stage. He introduced her as "the late Marilyn Monroe."

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Extra Lyrics to the tune of Thanks for the Memories:
Thanks, Mr. President,
For all the things you've done,
The battles that you've won,
The way you deal with U.S. Steel,
And our problems by the ton,
We thank you - so much.

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JFK thanked Marilyn by saying "I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way."

(Sounds and lyrics from: The book The Unabridged Marilyn; the CD Marilyn Monroe: Never Before, Never Again; and the movie The Legend of Marilyn Monroe hosted by John Huston.)

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