Marilyn Monroe Sings "Happy Birthday" to JFK PSA/DNA Type 1
"Happy Birthday, Mr. President" was sung by actress Marilyn Monroe on Saturday, May 19, 1962, at New York's Madison Square Garden, for then President John F. Kennedy at a celebration of his forty-fifth birthday, ten days before the actual day of his 45th birthday (Tuesday, May 29). Sung in a sultry voice, Monroe sang the traditional "Happy Birthday to You" lyrics, with "Mr. President" inserted as Kennedy's name. Afterwards, President Kennedy came on stage and joked about 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 Monroe 's delivery, her racy dress, and her general image as a sex symbol. The song and Monroe 's performance have been remembered for numerous reasons. First, it was one of her last major public appearances (Monroe died August 5, 1962). In addition, there were persistent rumors that President Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe had had an affair, giving Monroe 's performance another layer of meaning. This iconic and extremely rare 8" x 10" United Press International photograph is in incredible condition, and shows Marilyn at her absolute best at one of her most famous moments. This photograph has been authenticated by PSA/DNA as a TYPE 1, period 1st generation exemplar and had been encapsulated in PSA/DNA's tamper proof and archival safe photograph holder (photograph certification number 1P02458). These crystal clear holders are semi-rigid, yet light weight and thin enough to be easily matted and framed.
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