Marilyn Monroe quotes page 1
1926-1962 – Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926, as Norma Jean Baker, to film technician
Gladys Mortenson. Due to her mother's mental illness overtaking her after birth, Monroe was placed into several
foster homes and an orphanage throughout her childhood. At age 16, she left foster care after marrying 20-year-old
James Dougherty, eventually working in an airline plant after Dougherty joined the U.S. Merchant Marine in 1943.
She first worked as a parachute inspector, and then later as a paint sprayer. She eventually started modeling, once
she discovered her photogenic capabilities after the government arrived to take promotional pictures of the women
working in the plants. After taking a modeling course, she started working as a part time model. Three years later,
Monroe divorced Dougherty, bleaching her hair blond and pursuing her acting dreams. She eventually came to
Twentieth Century-Fox that August, signing a one-year contract that paid her $125 a month. A casting director, Ben
Lyon, was the catalyst that made her change her stage name, suggesting Marilyn, while she added her grandmother's
surname, Monroe. It was Monroe's appearance in the 1950 film Asphalt Jungle that started building her
reputation as a "blonde bombshell." Her growing popularity made Twentieth Century-Fox sign her to a seven-year
contract, leading to her appearing in a string of films, including All About Eve, Niagara and
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her famous role in 1955's The Seven Year Itch solidified her as a
pop culture icon. By 1961, Monroe had experienced several personal troubles,
including her divorce from Arthur Miller, preventing her from completing the film Something's Got To Give. In 1962, she was found
dead in her apartment by her housekeeper, presumably from a possible suicide from barbiturate overdose.
A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is
I am invariably late for appointments, sometimes, as much as two hours. I've tried to change
my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing.
A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.
Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe. I don't mind making
jokes, but I don't want to look like one. I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity.
If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere.
I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I've
made. 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.
The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genious, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous then
I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am 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.
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for
Everyone's a star and deserves the right to twinkle.
Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you're a human being, you feel, you suffer.
I restore myself when I'm alone. A career is born in public - talent in privacy.
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.
People ask me if I am going on making cheesecake pictures now that I'm a star. My answer is
that as long as there is a boy in Korea who wants a pin-up of me, I'll go on posing for them.
Dreaming about being an actress is more exciting than being one.
- Did you really pose for that calendar with nothing on?
- I had the radio on.
The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes
or just staring into space.
I believe everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go.
Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they are right. You believe lies so you
eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. And some times, good things fall apart so
better things can fall together.
Who said nights were for sleep?
We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.
It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A
feeling passes between you both. You're not alone.
I always say a kiss on the hand feels very good, but a diamond tiara lasts forever.
I've often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little
This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a
universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls
will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The
ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of
them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll
come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them
are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find
your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything.
Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold
on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will,
sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling,
because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.
I've been on a calendar, but never on time.
I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it.
If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.
It takes a smart brunette to play a dumb blonde.
I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who
and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them.
They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't.
I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.
To all the girls that think you're fat because you're not a size zero, you're the beautiful one,
its society who's ugly.
Husbands are chiefly good lovers when they are betraying their wives.