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La soirée du 30 mars 1955: Marilyn Monroe participa à la grande cérémonie de bienfaisance organisée par Mike Todd et son cirque (Ringling Brothers Circus) dont les bénéfices étaient reversés à une fondation qui lutte contre l'arthrose et les affections rhumatismales.
C'était la première apparition en publique de Marilyn depuis son départ de Los Angeles. Le contrat de la Fox lui interdisait la participation à des spectacles rémunérés, mais les soirées de bienfaisance n'entraient pas dans cette catégorie.
Marilyn se rendit de son hôtel au Madison Square Garden en limousine avec Dick Sheperd (qui était alors agent au département cinéma de MCA à New York). Elle réussit à se faufiler dans les couloirs de l'établissement, gagna sa loge et put s'habiller dans le calme relatif. 
The evening of March 30, 1955: Marilyn Monroe participated to the great charity ceremony organised by Mike Todd and his circus (Ringling Brothers Circus) to benefit the Arthritis Foundation and Rhumastismales disorders.
It was the first public appearance of Marilyn since her departure from Los Angeles. Fox's contract forbade participation in paid shows, but charity evenings did not fall into this category.  
Marilyn was accompanied by Dick Shepperd for the trip from the hotel to Madison and photographed by Ed Feingersh. She managed to sneak into the corridors of the school, won his lodge and could dress in relative calm.  

> Marilyn et Dick Sheperd (photos de Ed Feingersh)
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1955_03_30_ny_madison_square_circus_044_6_signedDans les coulisses, Marilyn s'est préparée, soutenue par Milton Berle et la jeune Alice Fitzpatrick; Milton Greene et Peter Leonardi (son secrétaire et coiffeur à cette époque) sont aussi présents, dans l'ombre. Elle lui dédicacera une des photos de la soirée (voir ci-contre).
Behind the scenes, Marilyn prepared, supported by Milton Berle, the young Alice Fitzpatrick; but also Milton Greene and Peter Leonardi (his secretary and hairdresser at the time) who were also presents in the shadows. She will dedicate him one of the photos of the evening.   

> Dans les coulisses
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> Arrivée de Marilyn (avec Milton Greene)
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- photos de Marvin Scott ->
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Le grand show, qui se tient au Madison Square Garden à New York, était présenté par Milton Berle, qui officiait en tant que "Monsieur Loyal", le 'maître de cérémonie', et qui présente Marilyn en ces termes: "Voici la seule femme au monde à côté de qui Jane Russell ressemble à un homme!", provoquant l'hilarité dans la foule. Plus de 25 000 spectateurs étaient présents; ils avaient payer 50 dollars leurs places; dont Joe DiMaggio, l'ex-époux de Marilyn.
Dans la salle, deux cents photographes s'arrachaient les meilleures places (Ed Feingersh, Milton Greene, Marvin Scott, Walter Carone, Weegee, Sam Goldstein, Erika Stone...). Lorsqu'enfin elle entra en scène, Milton Berle dut leur demander de s'accroupir pour ne pas gêner les autres spectateurs. Marilyn Monroe fit une entrée triomphale, juchée sur le dos d'un éléphant indien peint en rose, nommé Karnaudi (ou Kinardy), appartenant au cirque Barnum & Bailey. Elle déclarera plus tard: "C'était très important pour moi, je n'étais jamais allée au cirque quand j'étais enfant."
The big show, which held at the Madison Square Garden in New York, was presented by Milton Berle, who was the "Master of the Ceremony". More than 25,000 spectators were presents, including Joe DiMaggio in the stands; and two hundred photographers snatched the best seats (Ed Feingersh, Milton Greene, Marvin Scott, Walter Carone, Weegee, Sam Goldstein, Erika Stone...). When finally she came on the stage, Milton Berle, had to ask them to squat to not to interfere with other spectators. Marilyn Monroe made a triumphal entrance, perched on the back of an indian elephant painted pink, named Karnaudi (or Kinardy) and belonging to the Barnum & Bailey circus.

Le magazine Variety écrivit: "Marilyn Monroe juchée sur un pachyderme peint en rose fut le clou de la soirée. Malheureusement, les photographes agglutinés autour de la star à demie nue l'empêchaient d'avancer. On put difficilement admirer les charmes de Miss Monroe, mais en définitive, la foule ne s'était déplacée pas pour rien." Les autres stars présentes furent toute au plus citées.
Variety Magazine said: "Marilyn Monroe perched on an elephant painted pink was the highlight of the evening. Unfortunately, photographers clustered around the half naked star prevented her from advancing. We could hardly see the charms of Miss Monroe, but ultimately, the crowd had not moved for nothing. "Other present stars have not been mentionned. 

> Entrée de Marilyn qui monte sur l'éléphant
- photos de Ed Feingersh ->
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Marilyn Madison Square Garden 1955 par MissYria



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Le soir du spectacle, Milton Greene loua la suite Cecil Beaton de l'Ambassador Hotel de New York, où lui-même, Amy Greene et Marilyn purent s'habiller et accueillir une poignée de visiteurs en provenance de la Côte Ouest. Michael Todd, toujours généreux avec ses invités, avaient fait venir les stars en avion et en première classe: Jeannette MacDonald et Gene Raymond, James Cagney, Red Buttons, Martha Raye, Terry Moore, Julius LaRosa, Sammy Davis Jr, Sonja Henie et Bess Myerson. Amy Greene avait commandé à Norman Norrel la robe se soie noire que MM devait porter jusqu'au Madison Square Garden et pendant les mondanités.
(> voir les photos de l'essayage de la robe par Ed Feingersh).

The night of the show, Greene rent a room (the 'Cecil Beaton suite') at the Ambassador Hotel in New York, where he himself, Amy and Marilyn dressed and could receive visitors from the West Coast. Michael Todd, always generous with his guests, had made come by plane and first class some movie stars like Jeanette MacDonald and Gene Raymond, James Cagney, Red Buttons, Martha Raye, Terry Moore, Julius LaRosa, Sammy Davis Jr, Sonja Henie and Bess Myerson. Amy Greene commanded the Norman Norrell black silk dress black that Marilyn was wearing at her arrival to the Madison Square Garden and for the party in the hotel.


sources pour l'article: 
Magazines: Paris Match 9 avril 1955 / Redbook 1955, July 
Livres: Marilyn édition de La Martinière, photos de Ed Feingersh

Marilyn Monroe et les caméras  .
web: article "Do you want to see her?" sur le blog / le site d'images corbis
Photos de Milton Greene: a huge thanks to Maarit !


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