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Marilyn Monroe

  • American actress
  • Born June 1, 1926
  • Died August 5, 1962

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962 (equivalent to $2 billion in 2018). More than half a century later, she continues to be a major popular culture icon.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at the age of 16.


Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.




What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers.




There was my name up in lights. I said, 'God, somebody's made a mistake.' But there it was, in lights. And I sat there and said, 'Remember, you're not a star.' Yet there it was up in lights.




I think I have always had a little humor.




I read poetry to save time.




We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.




I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.




Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.




I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human.




I am alone; I am always alone no matter what.




I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, 'There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.' But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest.




A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.




What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can't I just be an ordinary woman?




I remember when I was in high school I didn't have a new dress for each special occasion. The girls would bring the fact to my attention, not always too delicately. The boys, however, never bothered with the subject. They were my friends, not because of the size of my wardrobe but because they liked me.




The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.




I enjoy acting when you really hit it right.




If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere.




A strong man doesn't have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn't match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.




Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle. So at least it's something I experience, but that's not where I live.




Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has its compensations but it also has its drawbacks, and I've experienced them both.




The public doesn't mind people living together without being married, providing they don't overdo it.




There is just no comparison between having a dinner date with a man and staying home playing canasta with the girls.




I'm one of the world's most self-conscious people. I really have to struggle.




I defy gravity.




Men are so willing to respect anything that bores them.




I don't want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.




Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.




Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.




The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn't any.




What good am I? I can't have kids. I can't cook. I've been divorced three times. Who would want me?




Sometimes, wearing a scarf and a polo coat and no makeup and with a certain attitude of walking, I go shopping or just look at people living. But then, you know, there will be a few teenagers who are kind of sharp, and they'll say, 'Hey, just a minute. You know who I think that is?' And they'll start tailing me. And I don't mind.




Nothing's ever easy as long as you go on living.




It is wonderful to have someone praise you, to be desired.




I know I will never be happy, but I know I can be gay!




Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.




I am trying to find myself. Sometimes that's not easy.

I am trying to find myself. Sometimes that's not easy.



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