Ella Fitzgerald credited Monroe with helping her break the colour barrier and launching her career into the mainstream.
“It was because of Marilyn Monroe that I played the Mocambo.
She personally called the owner … and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night.
She told him it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status that the press would go wild.
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 time.
And didn’t she know it.”