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According to the biography, Kennedy later described that during the conversation, Monroe’s voice was “sad” and “ethereal, like a lost little girl,” which she found “disturbing.” And according to Jackie: Public, Private, Secret, how Monroe got the number in the first place remains a mystery — the bedroom was the only phone line in the house where calls weren’t intercepted by the Secret Service.
It was just a month after the phone call that Monroe performed her now-infamous rendition of “Happy Birthday” to JFK during his 45th birthday celebrations — from which the first lady was remarkably absent.
Following Monroe’s death at the age of 36 in August of that year, Tarborrelli remarked to Fox that while Kennedy was “deprived” by Monroe’s untimely death, she always viewed the star as a “disaster just waiting to happen” and as ” someone who was too vulnerable and weak for that” felt for JFK to play with.
However, he also said that she eventually understood her husband. As he told the outlet, “Their main concern was JFK. She knew what it takes to be with a very powerful man. And big men like JFK have big flaws.”