An ill-fated romance

November 10, 2011

The legendary Marilyn Monroe

IT is a story filled with intrigue – a piece of Manhattan real estate known as The Carlyle – a hotel that would become a meeting a point for a pair of illicit lovers.

While hotels have always been prime locations for romantic trysts, in this case there was a lot at stake.

One half of the pair was American President John F. Kennedy, the other half was movie star Marilyn Monroe. writer Olga Leleka looks at the hotel where it all began.

In February 1962 The Carlyle on Manhattan gathered the best of Hollywood’s stars alongside the most-powerful in American politics for a dinner with President John F. Kennedy.

Among all the guests, only one dared to keep Kennedy waiting.

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Death of a princess – the hotel linked to the tragedy

October 6, 2011

IT was an event that rocked the world.

One of the last official photographs of Diana

On August 30 and 31, 1997, a visit by Diana – Princess of Wales, to the Ritz Hotel in Paris was to prove a factor in events leading to the horrific car crash in the Pont de l’Alma underpass near the Eiffel Tower that resulted in her death.

Olga Leleka looks at her death and the hotel where the tragic chain of events began.

The evening began normally enough, a 36-year-old woman on a dinner date at Paris’ Ritz Hotel.

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