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Opposites attract: 10 unlikely but inspiring celebrity friendships

Purple Clover Logo By Sharon Greenthal of Purple Clover | Slide 1 of 10: <p>Back in the '50s, the Mocambo on Sunset Strip was a hot spot frequented by the Hollywood elite, but the nightclub avoided booking black performers. That changed when Marilyn Monroe lobbied aggressively on behalf of Ella Fitzgerald, promising to sit in the front row every night she performed, to generate publicity for the club. It was a turning point in Fitzgerald's career, she was forever grateful, and the jazz singer and the sex symbol struck up a friendship. Said Fitzgerald, "I owe Marilyn a debt."</p>

Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

Back in the '50s, the Mocambo on Sunset Strip was a hot spot frequented by the Hollywood elite, but the nightclub avoided booking black performers. That changed when Marilyn Monroe lobbied aggressively on behalf of Ella Fitzgerald, promising to sit in the front row every night she performed, to generate publicity for the club. It was a turning point in Fitzgerald's career, she was forever grateful, and the jazz singer and the sex symbol struck up a friendship. Said Fitzgerald, "I owe Marilyn a debt."

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