If asked 'Who played an important role in the musical career of Ella Fitzgerald?' you might respond with names like Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, Norman Granz, and Dizzy Gillespie. The name Marilyn Monroe, however, might not come to mind.
During the 1950s, Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo, one of the most popular venues in Hollywood, because of her race. Then, Marilyn Monroe, one of Ella's biggest fans, made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good.