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Halftime with Marilyn Monroe

Halftime with Marilyn Monroe

Aug. 21, 1952: Halftime entertainment at the eighth annual Times charity game was provided by Spike Jones, left, Marilyn Monroe and Ken Murray.  The defending champion Rams beat the Washington Redskins, 45-23.

Los Angeles Times staff writer Jack Geyer reported in the next morning’s paper:

There were a lot of fancy runs at the Coliseum last night where the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins clashed in the eighth annual Times charity game, but none was more thrilling than the 50-yard dash luscious Marilyn Monroe made from the sidelines to the center of the field.

Marilyn…bounced across the field with a run that charged more batteries than a generator.

Ken Murray, the incomparable comic who emceed the terrific halftime pageant, explained it best. Said Ken:

“Marilyn had better be careful or the referee will penalize her five yards — for backfield in motion.”

The Los Angeles Times-Rams Charity games continued until 1993.

This image was published on a photo page with five shots from the game. Photo credit for all six images was given to Phil Bath, Art Rogers, Larry Sharkey and Bob Jacobsen.


  1. February 22, 2011, 8:54 am

    My how the 50s seem so scary even in good times.

    By: Hehateme
  2. February 22, 2011, 2:19 pm

    wow, was she beautiful!..nobody looks that good these days!!

    By: glenngrabcello

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