A black and white image, which is now up for sale, is the only known photograph of Kennedy and Monroe together, perhaps because of the rumors of an affair that have swirled for 50 years.
In the photo Monroe, wearing the same dress she performed in, is speaking to President Kennedy, whose head is tilted slightly and looking down while listening to her. His brother, Robert Kennedy, is standing next to the pair looking on...
The photo was snapped at a private party at the Manhattan home of Arthur and Mathilde Krim, according to filmmaker Keya Morgan who owns the print. He said the existence of the image was kept a secret for decades.
“The Secret Service had specific instructions not to photograph President Kennedy and Marilyn together because it would have been a national scandal,” Morgan said.
The only photographer that was allowed into the party was Cecil Stoughton, the White House photographer and the person who snapped the photo.
Stoughton took several photos at the party, but once President Kennedy saw the camera, he turned his head towards the wall, Morgan said.
Later the Secret Service asked Stoughton to give them all of his photos of Kennedy and Monroe.
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