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Louise Baldwin
Louise Baldwin • 1 year ago

Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe. “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt …. she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night .... The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” - Ella Fitzgerald

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The 50s Mocambo nightclub wouldn't book Ella Fitzgerald because she was black. Ella had a powerful and unlikely benefactor, Marilyn Monroe. “I owe Marilyn a debt. Because of her I played there. She called the owner, and told him she wanted me booked immediately. She took a front table every night. The press went crazy. I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was a woman, ahead of her time and she didn’t know it.” - Ella Fitzgerald