THE FRIENDSHIP OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, MARILYN MONROE & SAMMY DAVIS, JR.

What do Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner have in common? They were both black friendly and went out of their way to shield their black friends from racism and they also stood up for blacks. In a past edition, we reported that Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge were good friends; oddly, this information never appears in Monroe biographies. Monroe loved visiting Dorothy had home. Marilyn use to lie on a little white rug in front of the fireplace and confide in Dorothy about her failed relationships. And many a night, she cried. Dorothy would often console her. Frank Sinatra always looked out for Marilyn Monroe, so much so, he had his black valet George Jacobs move in with her (for a short time) to keep a close eye on her. Jacobs became her caretaker and made sure she was breathing normally when she went to sleep. Marilyn often confided in him about John F. Kennedy, she said he was sexually obsessed and they had made love in suites at the Plaza and broom closets at the Sands. At her peak, Monroe encouraged good friend Sammy Davis, Jr. (a amateur photographer) to take photographs of her at various openings and gatherings because she knew the pictures would be worth a fortune in the future. Davis never exposed nor did he sell the Monroe pictures despite financial hardship in later years. No one knows if these pictures still exist.

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