Marilyn Monroe and JFK Affair | Happy Birthday Mr. President | Staged photograph by Alison Jackson.

Marilyn Monroe & JFK

Posted on February 23, 2013

These arresting photographs initially seem to be images of Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy sharing intimate moments from the night Monroe performed ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ on  Saturday, May 19th 1962 at a celebration held for JFK’s 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden.

The truth is somewhat different. These photographs, which have been circulating the net for quite some time now, are in fact staged paparazzi shots using look-alikes by English artist and photographer Alison Jackson.


In her work Jackson says,

‘Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look – our voyeurism – and our need to believe.’


‘Jackson’s work causes controversy because it threatens to cross the line between the private and public life of our contemporary icons. Because we unquestionably accept the authenticity of a photograph, it would appear we are being given a glimpse of something confidential, a private moment. Upon closer examination, we question the reality of the image and hopefully this makes us question our unwitting tendency to believe everything we see in the media today.’
- Taschen Books


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What Others Are Saying

  1. Ana November 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

    That fourth photo is REAL!

    • Nicoletta November 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      It sure is, if you mouse over the image, it says “this is an authentic photo of Marilyn….”

  2. james morrison February 6, 2014 at 10:06 am

    All those pictures are fake

    • Nicoletta February 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Hey James… Yes you are correct, all except the last one. The blog post discusses the controversial work of Alison Jackson who sets up images with the likeness to iconic people.

  3. hocus-focus March 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

    whow…they WORK (bad) to “remake” Fotos.But WHY? :TO DESTROY THE IMAGE OF JFK !So that nobody is interested to know the truth about his death! There ARE more INTERESTING Fotos and Films: Emory Roberts ordered Don Lawton AWAY off and stay away from the Präs.Limo before the first shot, and he and LBJ got down in their cars directly before the first shot. The buildings were NOT checked, Ruby and Bush are in Front of the Bookdepository, first Foto (enlarged) of dead Präsident : Shot from infront into his head right side near hairline. Later Foto: this wound is terrible cutted! WHY? Yeah, clear : one assassin oswald…l o l ! EVERYTHING ist closed until 2017…äh nonono now until 2029……… This bomb may never explode in 1963…an MAY never explode…..(please excuse my scoolishfoolishenglish….

  4. Reagan Stark April 17, 2014 at 4:28 am

    All the photos were taken by Alison Jackson in the 1990s!!! Three of them are FAKEEE! The two people in the photo are impersonators. funny how naive people believe that they actually had an affair. The affair will forever be nonexistent.

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