AceShowbiz - Movie icon Marilyn Monroe was naked underneath the famously form-fitting dress she wore while singing her flirty "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to U.S. leader John F. Kennedy, according to a new book.
The late movie bombshell serenaded the tragic President at a Democratic Party fundraiser in New York City a few days ahead of his 45th birthday in May, 1962, fuelling rumours suggesting she was having affairs with both Kennedy and his brother Robert.
Now late director Mike Nichols has shared a sexy secret from beyond the grave in the just-published tome, "Life Isn't Everything: Mike Nichols", As remembered By 150 Of His Closest Friends, which comprises tales the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" filmmaker shared with friends and acquaintances before he died in 2014.
The Monroe anecdote in the book comes from New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who told the book's writers, Ash Carter and Sam Kashner, what her pal relayed about the evening.
"When Marilyn sang Happy Birthday to Jack Kennedy in the famous dress she had to be sewn into, the sequined Jean Louis (designer) gown, Mike was there that night," she remembered.
"He told me, 'I was standing right behind Marilyn, completely invisible, when she sang Happy Birthday, Mr. President, and, indeed, the corny thing happened. Her dress split for my benefit, and there was Marilyn, and, yes, indeed, she didn't wear any underwear'."
Monroe died less than three months later, aged 36, of a drug overdose, while President Kennedy was assassinated the following year.
Meanwhile, the infamous dress sold at auction in Los Angeles for a staggering $4.8 million (£3.7 million) in 2016.