Book: Marilyn Told Jackie She Would Marry JFK
Author says Monroe called the first lady herself
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2013 1:03 AM CDT
This Jan. 20, 1961, file photo shows President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy as they attend one of five inaugural balls in Washington.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – It's not exactly a revelation these days that JFK had an affair with Marilyn Monroe while president, but a new book is making headlines for adding a new wrinkle. The book, by journalist Christopher Andersen, says Monroe actually called Jackie Kennedy and told her that JFK planned to marry her, reports AFP. To which Jackie is said to have replied, "And you'll move into the White House and you'll assume the responsibilities of first lady, and I'll move out and you'll have all the problems," according to These Precious Few Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie.

"Point: Jackie," writes Julie Miller at Vanity Fair, who likes the snark factor. Still, Andersen's book makes the case that while Jackie knew all about her husband's dalliances, it was only his affair with Monroe that worried her because she knew how huge the scandal would be if it became public. And Monroe seemed pretty sure she would be living in the White House someday, notes the Daily News summary of the book. “Can’t you just see me as first lady?” she is quoted as asking friend Jeanne Carmen. (In other Marilyn news, rare photos taken just six weeks before her death have entered the spotlight; click for that story.)

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JayKay
Aug 8, 2013 9:23 PM CDT
Sometimes I wish I can be a KEPT Mistress, it's an easy job all I've got to do is watch my mouth and waist & pretty much shut the f*#k up!
Excelsam
Aug 8, 2013 10:23 AM CDT
I don't understand why all the JFK stories, and none about Mrs. Kennedy. How about the possible relationship of her and J. Dewey Daane? Or, ask him, he's still alive.
squiggysmom1
Aug 8, 2013 8:28 AM CDT
I have wondered for years if Marilyn Monroe was killed because she was a loose cannon, and so many careers were at stake. Not only JFK's, but Bobby Kennedy's career too. I mean it happens all the time- the mistress mistakes the affair for something more than it is, becomes more demanding, calls the wife, threatens public exposure and ends up dead. I don't think this will ever be proved though.