Kennedy and Johnson Archive
Photos and letters from the collection of JFK's White House photographer, Cecil W. Stoughton.
Appraised by Francis J. Wahlgren
On the evening of May 19, 1962, Stoughton took this intriguing photo of President Kennedy (with his back to the camera), his brother Robert Kennedy (far left), and actress Marilyn Monroe. The occasion was JFK's 45th birthday celebrations at Madison Square Garden in New York — when Marilyn delivered her immortal "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" performance. Stoughton said he believes this is the only time that JFK, RFK, and Marilyn were captured together in one picture.