Fifty-five years after his assassination, the myth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, popularly known as JFK, remains more alive than ever in the United States of America, where many compatriots still venerate him as a symbol of his country's hopes and aspirations, being one of the most popular American presidents.
The publications on Kennedy and the different aspects of his life, both public and personal, are innumerable. The relationship of "Jack" Kennedy with Marilyn Monroe and the less commented between the wife of the then president Jacqueline and the actress are some of the pillars of the Kennedy marriage and the weight that the protagonist of "With skirts and crazy" had in the Familia.
For François Forestier "they were made for each other, President John F. Kennedy found his better half in Marilyn Monroe, an extraordinary relationship that lasted for almost a decade" says the French writer and journalist in his book "Marilyn and JFK".
"It's time to demystify an era", action that Forestier takes literally to get down from the pedestal to Marilyn Monroe and who was the thirty-fifth president of the United States America. "For me the love story, if you can call that, between Kennedy and Monroe is a story between two complete monsters, of selfishness, of madness, of power, of money But at times there are small clearings in that black night, a bit of humanity, and that is what moves me, "Forestier explains to Efe.
The idyll between the Hollywood star and the president of the United States is known around the world, but the relationship they had maintained for almost ten years had never been told in detail.
Analyzed with magnifying glass, these two myths of the twentieth century are "pathetic," says the journalist of "Le Nouvel Observateur", who considers, however, that "pathos" and "absurdity" are the main ingredients of the human condition. And if something had in common Marilyn and Jack were "two bad lives," says Forestier.
Marilyn Monroe debuted in a "sordid" world, from which she would never leave. She was a "manipulative", "a lost", "a prostitute", who invented the story of "orphan girl, abandoned and in need of affection". In public is "dazzling and sexy", the rest of the time is Norma Jeane, "a girl who despises herself, who does not wash, who dies of uncontrollable terror caused by the camera" and who "gorges on chemical products".
John F. Kennedy, afflicted with Addison's disease, of his eternal back pain and repeated venereal diseases, "is also primed with medication," a doctor injects him with "amphetamines in large doses." He also takes cocaine and later would try LSD, according to Forestier.
Somehow, according to Forestier, the two were made for each other and "maybe-he concedes-they loved each other".
Divided into two parts, the book, which contains "zero fiction," according to its author, begins with the millimeter, almost clinical description of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
And it concludes with the death of Marilyn on August 4, 1962 in Los Angeles, "as he had lived: adrift, Naked, holding the handset, with pills within reach, in an empty house, alone," victim of an indose overdose of barbiturates, but in this one nobody arrived in time to take her to the hospital.
About two months earlier, on May 24, six days before her 36th birthday, Marilyn had received the call from Peter Lawford, Kennedy's brother-in-law who supplied the president of Hollywood women.
"Marilyn, you were just an adventure for Jack," Lawford cut off the resistance of the actress for the order that she should not get in touch with the tenant of the White House. A few days later, on June 8, she was officially fired by 20th Century Fox. Her career was also over.
And the last weekend of July, on the eve of her death, was raped by one of the Kennedy's biggest enemies, the mocana Giancana. The scene was photographed. Fran Sinatra burned the photos with her lighter.
Between this tragic end and the first meeting of Marilyn and JFK, only eight years had passed. He was a young senator, she, who was already a star and one of the most desirable women in the world, slipped a small piece of paper with his phone number into his pocket.
It was in March 1954. The stage: a party at the home of Charles K. Feldman, the most famous businessman in Hollywood. Both attended with their respective partners: Marilyn with her second husband, baseball player Joe DiMaggio, "a weak character", who would always love her, and Jack, with Jackie Kennedy, who "revered the money".
The first date of this romance was prepared by Peter Lawford, "handsome, funny, charming, but mediocre and who always lived in the shadow of someone".
The first love nest of Marilyn and John was the Holliday House Motel, on the Californian beach of Malibu. The last night together they spent at the Carlyle Hotel, Manhattan, after a reception at the home of Arthur Krim, treasurer of the Democratic Party, which closed the memorable evening in which Marilyn sang the lascivious "Happy birthday" to "The Prez", I have affectionately called him, on the occasion of his 45th birthday.
There were many other meetings. Forestier tells, for example, a date in which Marilyn and John ended up naked in a bathtub in the house of Pat Kennedy (one of the president's sisters) and her husband, Peter Lawford. An instant that his brother-in-law captured with his camera and in which both look at the target smiling.
These photos, of which there are descriptions of people who saw them, were among the few that escaped the "clean-up" operation ordered by the Kennedy family after Marilyn's death to erase evidence of the relationship between the star and the president. .
A relationship that ended after the ultimatum that Jackie Kennedy gave John after feeling publicly humiliated by the show that Marilyn gave on the night of her husband's 45th anniversary and in which, according to witnesses, he did not stop exclaiming: "What body what a body ! "
It was seven minutes of high voltage, which entered the history of the twentieth century, and one commentator of the time described it as: "It's as if I was making love to the president in front of forty million viewers."
It was the straw that filled the glass of Jackie, whom John Fitzgerald Kennedy had left alone on his wedding night to be with a lover and who was aware of the multiple love affairs of her husband. "The Monroe is over," he said. Otherwise, I would have divorced and then the chances of being re-elected to the White House would vanish.
Marilyn, on the other hand, never asked her for an account. Kennedy, not her either, since the lives of both icons of the twentieth century multiple lovers passed and in that they also looked alike.