"A great many people thought, after that weekend, that there was more to it. to sleep with a charismatic president," Susan said, "and Marilyn loved the secrecy and the drama of it, but Kennedy was not the kind of man she wanted to spend her life with, and she made that very clear." If they were indeed together a Bing Crosby's home on the date in question, it's possible that Kennedy asked Monroe to sing at his birthday that very night.
But Marilyn gave me the impression that it was not a major event for either of them: it happened once, that weekend, and that was that." Actress Susan Strasberg, daughter of Lee Strasberg and close friend of Monroe, corroborated this story in her unpublished memoir. At the time of the celebration, Monroe was filming She was well enough to fly to New York to fulfill her commitment to the president, but the studio used this pre-planned absence as an excuse to cancel the film while blaming Monroe and suing her for a breach of contract.
She reportedly owed her lawyers more than $250,000 and was facing foreclosure on her house.
Mary was particularly distressed by photos of Kennedy with Hines and her children and people she’d been close to for years, like Glenn Close. She had been close to the Kennedy family since she was 15, and they had also cut her off following the separation.
Lawford's wife, JFK's sister Patricia Kennedy Lawford, happened to be a close friend of Monroe's.