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MARILYN MONROE at the APRIL in PARIS BALL she meets JFK

$950.00

RARE 1957 Wire Photo MARILYN MONROE at the APRIL in PARIS BALL 
Where Marilyn met JFK John F. Kennedy ?

 

Genre: Wire Photo
Date of Image: 1957
Date of Issue: 1957
Subject: MARILYN MONROE
Issuer: United Press International
Size: 6.75" x 7"

RARE Vintage 1957 Wire Photograph featuring the beautiful Marilyn Monroe with Elsa Maxwell at the April in Paris Ball, an annual gala event whose mission was to serve charity and Franco-American relations. Established in 1952 at the Waldorf Astoria New York in New York City, it was the idea of Claude Philippe, the hotel's banquet manager, who enlisted Maxwell to help organize it. (For more details, click here).
The 1957 Ball was an interesting one as it was attended by Marilyn Monroe and Senator John F. Kennedy, one of the only two documented times the two met. Interesting in that Marilyn was a pawn in a feud between the super popular Duchess of Windsor and the organizer Elsa Maxwell, the latter inviting Monroe to the ball to publicly embarrass the Duchess (when Monroe arrived, more than 30 photographers abandoned the Duchess to photograph Monroe - obviously).

After the ball, a wealthy New York broker offered to donate $50,000 to charity if Maxwell and the Duchess would abandon their feud and shake hands in front of press photographers. Maxwell was most willing to end the quarrel in this way, but the Duchess stubbornly declined the offer. This offered photo features the noted image captured by United Press International from that memorable night and can be seen on the wiki page of the Ball in the above link. There is a small chip on the right border edge on an otherwise excellent condition photo that is RARE 

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