Marilyn Monroe


Quotations

  • ''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 experienced, but that's not where I live.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. screen actor. Life (New York, Aug. 3, 1962). Conclusion of taped conversation published the day that Monroe died.
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  • ''I've been on a calendar, but never on time.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. screen actor. Look (New York, Jan. 16, 1962).
  • ''Unfortunately, I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. screen actor. Marilyn: Something's Got to Give (TV program, Channel 4), broadcast (Aug. 2, 1992). Telegram, June 13, 1962, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennedy, turning down a party invitation.
  • ''Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in Marilyn Monroe In Her Own Words, "Acting," (1990).
  • ''Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. Quoted in "Weddings & Divorces," Marilyn Monroe In Her Own Words (1990).
  • ''It's not true I had nothing on. I had the radio on.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. screen actor. Time (New York, 1952).
  • ''My work is the only ground I've ever had to stand on. I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation—but I'm working on the foundation.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. screen actor. "Acting," Marilyn Monroe In Her Own Words (1990).
  • ''I'm a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me, because of the image they've made of me—and that I've made of myself—as a sex symbol. They expect bells to ring and whistles to whistle, but my anatomy is the same as any other woman's and I can't live up to it.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Marilyn, ch. 27, by Peter Harry Brown and Patte B. Barham (1992). Said c. 1962 by the beautiful Hollywood actress who was heavily promoted as a "sex symbol"; she had three husbands and was said to have had many lovers as well.
  • ''The studio people want me to do "Good-bye Charlie" for the movies, but I'm not going to do it. I don't like the idea of playing a man in a woman's body—you know? It just doesn't seem feminine.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 41 (August 1972). A beautiful movie star and "sex symbol," Monroe was very feminine. The lead role in Goodbye Charlie was ultimately played by the more tomboyish Debbie Reynolds (b. 1932).
  • ''A sex symbol becomes a thing.... I just hate to be a thing.''
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 40 (August 1972). The beautiful movie star was considered her era's prime example of a "sex symbol."

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