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From the Archives; Halftime with Marilyn Monroe

From the Archives; Halftime with Marilyn Monroe
Aug. 21, 1952: Halftime entertainment at the eighth annual Los Angeles Times charity game was provided by Spike Jones, left, Marilyn Monroe and Ken Murray. (Los Angeles Times)

The defending champion Los Angeles Rams beat the Washington Redskins, 45-23, before 87,582 fans.

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

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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.

This post originally was published on Feb. 21, 2011.

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