Quotations From MARILYN MONROE

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  • 1.
    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.

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  • 2.
    First, I'm trying to prove to myself that I'm a person. Then maybe I'll convince myself that I'm an actress.
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 42 (August 1972). A beautiful and famous movie star, Monroe was emotionally vulnerable and had a troubled personal life. Long after she had become famous, she privately studied acting to improve her skills. It is believed that she committed suicide.
  • 3.
    Why? It paid the rent.
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 38 (August 1972). The "sex symbol" answering why she had posed nude for a calendar photograph early in her career.
  • 4.
    People feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, of any kind of nature—and it won't hurt your feelings—like it's happening to your clothing.
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 40 (August 1972). Monroe was an extremely famous movie star and "sex symbol." She seemed to be very vulnerable emotionally; her early death was ruled a suicide.

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  • 5.
    I restore myself when I'm alone. A career is born in public—talent in privacy.
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 40 (August 1972). Monroe was a very popular and pressured movie star. Hoping to develop her skills and reputation as a serious actor, she quietly studied acting in New York City after she had become famous in Hollywood.

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  • 6.
    I don't want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 41 (August 1972). Monroe, a popular movie star, made a great deal of money but was dissatisfied with her level of skill and privately studied acting after she was already famous.

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  • 7.
    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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  • 8.
    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).

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  • 9.
    An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 38 (August 1972). Monroe was an extremely popular movie star who made a great deal of money for her studio.

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  • 10.
    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).
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