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Hal Schaefer: The ‘Piano Man’s’ Other Claim to Fame
Posted By Patrick Kiger On December 19, 2012 @ 10:43 am In Legacy | Comments Disabled
Hal Schaefer  was an accomplished pianist, composer of movie scores and vocal coach to Hollywood stars – so multitalented, in fact, that he not only arranged the rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” for the classic 1953 Marilyn Monroe  film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes but also coached Monroe into giving a scintillating performance of the song.
But Schaefer, who died on Dec. 8 at age 87  in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had another claim to fame. His brief affair with Monroe triggered one of the most spectacular incidents in the history of scandal-magazine journalism: The infamous Nov. 5, 1954, “wrong door raid ,” in which a group of men – accompanied, reportedly, by Monroe’s ex-husband Joe DiMaggio  and singer Frank Sinatra  – broke down the door of a West Hollywood apartment late that evening, apparently in hopes of catching the couple in flagrante delicto, as the discreet used to call it in those days. The incident, subsequently reported in semi-accurate detail by the infamous Confidential magazine, became one of Hollywood history’s most embarrassing – and consequential – scandals. Here are five intriguing facts about Schaefer and the imbroglio that still reverberates, 58 years later.
Here’s a compilation of Schaefer’s greatest Hollywood hits:
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URLs in this post:
 Hal Schaefer: http://www.halschaefer.com/index.htm
 Marilyn Monroe: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-07-2012/marilyn-monroe-shooting-star-slideshow.html#slide1
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzvxYvlMvB8
 died on Dec. 8 at age 87: http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-hal-schaefer-20121216,0,7353905.story
 wrong door raid: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/2007/06/marilyn_monroe.html
 Joe DiMaggio: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-05-2011/book-review-56-joe-dimaggio.html
 Frank Sinatra: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-07-2012/frank-sinatra-best-of-the-best.html
 announced that she was seeking a divorce: http://life.time.com/icons/marilyn-monroe-and-joe-dimaggio-divorce-photos/#1
 2010 book on Confidential magazine: http://books.google.com/books?id=bOD_LDgMjwQC&pg=PA218&lpg=PA218&dq=Confidential+%22wrong+door+raid%22&source=bl&ots=tq9UQNV-iK&sig=Jms_yYivssgrN__nZpOGSv_oi20&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QHbPUOuOGYSJ0QGHpYHAAw&ved=0CFEQ6AEwBA#v=snippet&q=sinatra&f=false
 Monroe biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli: http://books.google.com/books?id=MlkKQf4Mt00C&pg=PT215&lpg=PT215&dq=%22I+think+I
 gossip historian Jeannette Walls: http://books.google.com/books?id=T96HEWPAtm8C&pg=PT27&dq=%22marilyn+monroe%22+%22hal+schaefer%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-nHPUJKWNrHq0QGe-oDgBQ&ved=0CDcQ6AEwATgK
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEymLrQgPI4
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