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The True Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald Story

Ella later praised Marilyn for personally calling Charlie Morrison, owner of Mocambo nightclub to ask if Ella could play there. In return Marilyn promised that she would sit in the front row every night, which she did. Unfortunately, in the years since then it had been presumed that the reason Ella Fitzgerald had never previously been allowed to play Mocambo was because she was black. This is not true, as a variety of black entertainers had been booked there before Ella, including Dorothy Dandridge in 1951 and Eartha Kitt in 1953. The truth is that while Charlie Morrison encouraged and applauded performers of all races in his club, he didn’t see Ella Fitzgerald as being glamorous enough to bring the crowd. It would take Marilyn to change his mind. - MM Private and Undisclosed by Michelle Morgan
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