August 6th, 2013
03:09 PM ET

New Book Details JFK's Final Year with Jackie & His Rumored Affair with Marilyn Monroe

A new book about President John F. Kennedy's last days with First Lady Jackie Kennedy alleges Marilyn Monroe spoke to Mrs. Kennedy about her long-suspected affair with JFK.

“Never before have such details been heard about the relationship between President John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and the First Lady,” says “Early Start” anchor Zoraida Sambolin.

In "These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie,” author Christopher Anderson claims that the sultry actress actually called Mrs. Kennedy on the White House phone, to confess to the affair she was rumored to be having with the president.

“The First Lady allegedly responded by saying, ‘That's Great….You'll move into the White House and you'll assume the responsibilities of First Lady, and I'll move out and you'll have all the problems,’” Sambolin says.

Presidential Historian Nick Ragone says the story may or may not ring true.

"The claim that Marilyn Monroe actually called Jackie O. at the White House...does seem slightly farfetched,” Ragone says. “But then again, with Marilyn Monroe, seemingly anything was possible.”

The book also claims the Hollywood sex symbol confided her most intimate details of the alleged affair to a friend, convinced the president would leave Jackie for her, and even fantasized about being first lady herself.

"The idea that President Kennedy would leave his beloved wife, who the nation adored, for an aging movie star probably was a fantasy in only Marilyn Monroe's mind,” Ragone says.

“The claims in the book have not been substantiated,” Sambolin says, “but one historian says it could very well be true and that although it seems unbelievable, it is the sort of thing that happens in history.”

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