Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy Birthday Mr. President

I read that Marilyn Monroe was broke at the time she was invited to sing at JFK’s birthday party at Madison Square Garden. She did not have good contracts with fair pay like a star of her caliber might have today. Her home had surprisingly few furnishings, according to those who visited to interview or photograph her. Her housekeeper has said that she had a modest lifestyle and owned just a few dresses. For the president’s birthday party she quite possibly had to fly herself there and back, get herself to the Garden, pay for her hotel and pay for all of her maintenance, like dress, shoes, hair, and makeup. Talk about working for free. Her mere minutes on stage went down in infamy but she didn’t get paid, instead she debted. She died 3 months later. Things are rarely as they seem.

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