Marilyn Monroe vs. Jackie O
Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, better known as Jackie O were competing for the affection of America's president, J. F. Kennedy.
A love triangle that ultimately resulted tragically for Marilyn. Their rivalry marked the early sixties as they were, at that time, the most glamorous icons.
Marilyn had an affair with Kennedy, behind Jackie's back for eight years and was confident that he would leave his wife and marry her. As she always talked about it to her friends as they tried to convince her otherwise. Brushing their warnings aside, she continued to believe in him.
Jackie was aware of this,but didn't want to suffer from being publicly humiliated.
Later after the performance Monroe was escorted by the Secret Services to a hotel to celebrate with her lover, Mr. President. This was the last time they have seen each other. Her sassy and flamboyant attitude was too much for the office, and shortly after she was told that it was the end.
Rivalry between Monroe and Jackie started at a Beverly Hills dinner party in 1951. The actress recently starred in "Gentleman prefer blonds" was enticing companion for J.F.K. In May of the same year at a society meeting J.F.K. met Jacqueline Bouvier, an attractive,educated debutant. He was attracted to both woman but really had only one choice since he was an ambitious young senator at the time. He needed a well educated wife with outstanding social characteristics and family history.
Jackie was the Debutant of the year, college educated and bright. The only blemish was that she had troubled relationship with her family due to her fathers indiscretions, since he was a notorious womanizer. On the other hand Monroe's background was worlds apart from Jackie's. She spent much of her childhood in foster homes, never knew who her father was and had a mother that was mentally ill and spent most of her life in asylums.
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Once J.F.K. and Jackie were married J.F.K. saw a quick status rise beyond the political scene in the social circles. At one point in the mid fifties Jackie had enough of his affair and was set on leaving J.F.K. until her father-in-law offered her money to stay with his ambitious son.
J.F.K was elected for the president and with Jackie's new position as The First Lady she finally had a chance to leave her mark in history.
Jackie completely restored the White House and presented it to the nation a year later. Monroe's success as a movie star resulted in global fame, and with equal ambition Jackie had become a global icon for her looks and style. Jackie was simple and elegant which she matched with appropriate holding of herself. Their competition went as far as Jackie picking up the manner of speech of Monroe, hinting at her awareness at what was going on, also showing her need to please her husband. She was sincerely concerned for JFK.
Stardom was wearing off on Monroe until she collapsed and was forced to spend two weeks in an asylum in California. When she was at the most vulnerable point, she was indirectly told by JFK that he might marry her once his presidency was over, as she told her friends. This was the peak of the rivalry between Jackie and Monroe. It culminated in a phone conversation and confrontation of the two woman. Marilyn was determined not to be stopped.
The time when it was J.F.K.'s birthday in 1962 Monroe did a breathy performance of the "Happy Birthday" song. Marilyn Monroe's public display of devotion was too much, and she was dumped soon after. As she started threatening to go public, JFK sent his brother to talk to her. Bobby and Monroe had a short affair that left her desperate, though Jackie had won her husband. Marilyn was instructed never to call or make contact to either of the Kennedies. On 5th of August 1962, Marilyn was found dead in her home, only days after she decided to announce her connections to both of the Kennedies. It was pronounced a suicide.
What ever the truth of her death, it was an abrupt end of the long rivalry between Jackie and Marilyn. They will always be remembered as two of America's greatest female icons, with their stories entangled forever.
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