HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A Connecticut biographical author has written a new book on the Kennedys, which includes a claim that Marilyn Monroe called Jacqueline Kennedy to confess her relationship with Mrs. Kennedy’s husband.
As WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reported, author Christopher Andersen has gleaned that and some other long-kept secrets from his sources in his book, “These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie.”
He said reliable sources told him about the call placed by Monroe to the First Lady about Monroe’s affair with President John F. Kennedy.
“I actually confirmed it with Pierre Salinger, with George Smathers the Senator from Florida — who was very, very close with Jack Kennedy — with a number of others who said yes indeed, Marilyn Monroe did call Jackie,” Andersen said.
Andersen that when Jackie first entered the White House, she feared she’d never see her husband, CBS News reported.
Instead, sharing both home and office meant that she saw Kennedy many times a day, eventually deciding the White House years were “the happiest time of my life.”
But Andersen also reports that Jackie knew about all of JFK’s women. He says the affairs upset her, but she was willing to turn a blind eye, as long as he didn’t publicly embarrass her, CBS News reported.
It was his relationship with Monroe that “seemed to bother her the most,” because, Andersen writes, “in large part because Marilyn was a loose cannon who could go public at any time, causing a scandal that would obliterate her husband’s reputation, destroy her marriage and hold her up to public ridicule,” CBS News reported.
Andersen the president also often spoke of his premonitions of an early death, even raising the issue once again to Mrs. Kennedy as the two rode through the streets of Dallas just minutes before he was assassinated in November 1963.
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