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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 4, 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 (equivalent to $2 billion in 2018) by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. 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.


I like to feel blonde all over.




I want to be an artist, not... a celluloid aphrodisiac.




Men who think that a woman's past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak.




Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.




Beauty and femininity are ageless and can't be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won't like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it's based on femininity.




Sometimes I've been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character.




There is a need for aloneness, which I don't think most people realise for an actor. It's almost having certain kinds of secrets for yourself that you'll let the whole world in on only for a moment, when you're acting. But everybody is always tugging at you. They'd all like sort of a chunk of you.




Friends accept you the way you are.

Friends accept you the way you are.




Fame doesn't fulfill you. It warms you a bit, but that warmth is temporary.




When Clark Gable died, I cried for 2 days straight. I couldn't eat or sleep.




The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes - or just by staring into space.




An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.




I've often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.




I restore myself when I'm alone.




I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.




I don't digest things with my mind.




Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big rejection.




We should all start to live before we get too old.




The truth is, I've never fooled anyone. I've let men sometimes fool themselves.




Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.




If a star or studio chief or any other great movie personages find themselves sitting among a lot of nobodies, they get frightened - as if somebody was trying to demote them.




I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone's wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.




I don't mind making jokes, but I don't want to look like one.




With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else's ideas about you, but what's important is how you feel about yourself - for survival and living day to day with what comes up.




Girdles and wire stays should have never been invented. No man wants to hug a padded bird cage.




I have always had a talent for irritating women since I was fourteen.




Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.




Consider the fellow. He never spends his time telling you about his previous night's date. You get the idea he has eyes only for you and wouldn't think of looking at another woman.




Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.




A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.

A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.




I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.




I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.




I think that sexuality is only attractive when it's natural and spontaneous.




I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.




You know, most people really don't know me.




Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you.



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