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  Ella and Marilyn 15 Dec 2005  
Image: Ella Fitzgerald
Bonnie Greer's new play

In the mid 1950's Marilyn Monroe personally intervened to ensure that Ella Fitzgerald became the first black person to play the famous Mocambo Club in Hollywood . Despite having never met the singer she was a huge fan. Marilyn promised to visit the club and sit front row every night if the owner made the booking. Later, Ella Fitzgerald said she never had to play a small jazz club again and she owed Marilyn a great debt.

The incident has been turned into a play by Bonnie Greer and she joins Jenni to talk about it.
 
Bonnie Greer's play Marilyn and Ella Backstage at the Macambo is on Radio 4 Friday 16 December at 9pm.


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