Marilyn Monroe And Ella Fitzgerald
Iconic Ella Fitzgerald attributes her big break to an unlikely figure: Marilyn Monroe. Apparently, when the 20-time-Grammy nominated singer tried to book a gig at the Mocambo in Hollywood in 1955, the manager turned her away because of the color of her skin.
 
Monroe thought this ridiculous, and said that she would sit front row every night if Fitzgerald got the job, promising to pull in not only massive crowds, but the press. 

"I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt," Fitzgerald would say later. "After that I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman — and ahead of her time, and she didn't know it."
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