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Kennedy John

Marilyn Monroe at Kennedy's 1962 Birthday Party, Cecil StoughtonÂ’s own vintage photo, just after the Scandalous Madison Square Garden Bash

Original, first generation glossy, double-weight black and white silver print photograph, 7.5" x 7.5", personally owned by Cecil Stoughton, President Kennedy's White House photographer, with Stoughton's address sticker on the verso, his own file example. Our first photo shows Marilyn seated and gazing at Diahann Carroll’s performance and is the photo we are selling. The second photo shows the back of the item we are selling with Stoughton’s return address label at the bottom. The third photo shows Marilyn as she appears when we zoom in on the photo we are selling. The final photo is for reference, and not an item and we are selling, shows a composite of our photo and another photo taken at the same time, picturing Kennedy seated and watching Carroll perform but also perfectly situated across the room from Marilyn, and one can easily imagine their eyes locking at some point.

Marilyn Monroe made Kennedy's 45th one of the most memorable in history as she was sewn into her sheer flesh toned and rhinestone dress, and in front of 15,000 people at Madison Square Garden sang a sultry "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," but less known is the private New York reception gala just after the televised celebration. This photo, taken by Cecil Stoughton, Kennedy's personal White House photographer, was photographed during the reception held at Arthur Krim, head of United Artists, at Krim's New York apartment. In the forefront is Diahann Carroll singing at the piano, and in the background is Marilyn Monroe, sitting with her head in her hand and watching her. If one looks closely, Marilyn is still wearing her famous flesh toned, rhinestone dress which is more evident in other photos from the event.

Also pictured: entertainer, Jack Benny; Ethel Skakel Kennedy; Patricia Kennedy Lawford; Jean Kennedy Smith; Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson; Steve Smith; Special Assistant to the President for Congressional Relations Larry O'Brien; Special Assistant to the President Kenneth P. O’Donnell; Mayor of New York City Robert F. Wagner, Jr.; First Lady of New York City Susan Wagner; actor and singer Marilyn Monroe; actor Peter Lawford; entertainer Jimmy Durante; White House Secret Service agents Floyd Boring and Bob Lilley.

Cecil William Stoughton (January 18, 1920 - November 3, 2008) was an American photographer best known for being President John F. Kennedy's photographer during his White House years. Stoughton was present at the motorcade at which Kennedy was assassinated.

Provenance: From the estate of Cecil Stoughton.


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Marilyn Monroe at Kennedy's 1962 Birthday Party, Cecil

Estimate $3,000 - $3,500Sep 26, 2018
49 Richmondville Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
United States
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