President John F. Kennedy and his wife, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, view the first of the 1962 America’s Cup races aboard the U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., photographed by Robert Knudsen, 15 September 1962.

For years, there’s a debt that I’ve owed
to the girl from the Yellow Brick Road,
who could make my emotions explode;
so thanks to God above,
or letting me fall in love
with Judy Garland

Happy 92nd birthday, Judy.

I cannot express my thanks to you in (many) words.

Thank you for giving to the world your talent—your films, your music—your humor—your beauty—your love, your passion—your empathy—your strength—thank you for giving me the inspiration to reach for (somewhere) over the rainbow. I would truly like to thank God for letting me “fall in love” with you for all the happiness your life has brought to mine.

Happy birthday.

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Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine.

A Star Is Born (dir. George Cukor), 1954.

“You really love this, don’t you?”
What? Show business? There’s nothing else in the world.

Summer Stock (dir. Charles Walters), 1950.

Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
meet me at the fair

Meet Me in St. Louis (dir. Vincente Minnelli), 1944.

We’re off to see the Wizard,
the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz (dir. Victor Fleming), 1939.

“She may well have been the greatest star.” — John Fisher, Call Them Irreplaceable (quoted in World’s Greatest Entertainer, John Fricke, pg. 251)

“Her whole life was in response to a powerful voice that told her, “Sing it beautiful and thrill and entertain millions. Lift them for the moments of the song from their little selves. Paint vocally in a bewitching way the stuff their dreams are made of. And in the process … break your own heart into a million, never-to-be-put-together pieces.”” — Plain Dealer (quoted in World’s Greatest Entertainer, John Fricke, pg. 241)

“Hers was a life and talent shared by millions—and that life and that talent continue in the people throughout the world who will not, and cannot, forget Judy Garland.” — Reverend Peter Delaney (quoted in World’s Greatest Entertainer, John Fricke, pg. 243)

“We wonder[ed] how Judy Garland, a human, can exist. It’s almost unfair to heap one living person with such love because we think it is impossible for any person to live up to it. But thank God for someone like Judy Garland, who makes us feel like standing up and smiling at life and believing there is something special waiting over the rainbow—for all of us.” — Chicago American (quoted in World’s Greatest Entertainer, John Fricke, pg. 205)

Frances Ethel Gumm (Judy Garland) || 10 June 1922 — 22 June 1969

“Marilyn Monroe was a legend. In her own lifetime, she created a myth of what a poor girl from a deprived background could attain. For the entire world she became a symbol of the eternal feminine. But I have no words to describe the myth and the legend. I didn’t not know this Marilyn Monroe. We, gathered here today, knew only Marilyn—a warm human being, impulsive and shy, sensitive and in fear of rejection, yet ever avid for life and reaching out for fulfillment. I will not insult the privacy of your memory of her—a privacy she sought and treasured—by trying to describe her whom you knew to you who knew her. In our memories of her she remains alive, not only a shadow on a screen or a glamorous personality. For us, Marilyn was a devoted and loyal friend, a colleague constantly reaching for perfection. We shared her pain and difficulties and some of her joys. […] Now it is all at an end. I hope that her death will stir sympathy and understanding for a sensitive artist and woman who brought joy and pleasure to the world. I cannot say goodbye. Marilyn never liked goodbyes, but in the peculiar way she had of turning things around so that they faced reality—I will say au revoir. For the country to which she has gone, we must all someday visit.” — Lee Strasberg

Happy birthday, Marilyn.

Norma Jeane Baker (Marilyn Monroe) || 1 June 1926 — 5 August 1962

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Bob Beerman, 1953.

“[She was] a very paradoxical figure: a siren and a tightrope-walker, femme fatale and naïve child, the last incarnation of an eighteenth-century face in a portrait by Greuze living in the very contemporary world of nylons, sodas, jukeboxes, and drive-ins.”

“She returns to us as the camera’s gift, the treasure of remembrance. She returns in echoes of dark and light, in a truth only the image can yield, the shutter’s eye which sees and tells. The image of Marilyn haunts and flowers from generation to generation. There are not many of her kind. She was born to film, that illusion transforming life into the reality of art.” —Sam Shaw

“Marilyn’s need to be desired was so great that she could make love to a camera. Because of this, her lust aroused lust in audiences, sometimes even among women. There was nothing subtle about it. She was no tease. She was prepared, and even eager, to give what she offered.” — William Manchester

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962)