Stories My Father Told Me: Notes From the Lyon’s Den, by film critic Jeffrey Lyons, looks back at the career of New York Post gossip columnist, Leonard Lyons. (More details on the book at Abbeville Press.)
The photo above shows Marilyn at a birthday party for Jackie Gleason with Lyons and his wife, Sylvia, at Toots Shor’s sports bar, NYC (favourite haunt of ex-husband Joe DiMaggio, who escorted Marilyn that night), in February 1955.
“When Lyon’s son Jeffery turned 16, his father arranged for Marilyn Monroe to call him. ‘This was a year and a half before she would serenade President Kennedy. I like to think she rehearsed with me,’ he said.”
Full review at New York Post