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Wikipedia Summary for Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comedic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's sexual revolution. She was a top-billed actress for only a decade, but her films grossed $200 million (equivalent to $2 billion in 2019) by the time of her death in 1962. Long after her death, she continues to be a major icon of pop culture. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Monroe sixth on its list of the greatest female screen legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at age 16. She was working in a factory during World War II when she met a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modeling career, which led to short-lived film contracts with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures. After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in late 1950. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business, and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don't Bother to Knock. She faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photos before she became a star, but the story did not damage her career and instead resulted in increased interest in her films.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars; she had leading roles in the film noir Niagara, which focused on her sex appeal, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, which established her star image as a "dumb blonde". The same year, her nude images were used as the centerfold and on the cover of the first issue of Playboy. She played a significant role in the creation and management of her public image throughout her career, but she was disappointed when she was typecast and underpaid by the studio. She was briefly suspended in early 1954 for refusing a film project but returned to star in The Seven Year Itch (1955), one of the biggest box office successes of her career.

When the studio was still reluctant to change Monroe's contract, she founded her own film production company in 1954. She dedicated 1955 to building the company and began studying method acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Later that year, Fox awarded her a new contract, which gave her more control and a larger salary. Her subsequent roles included a critically acclaimed performance in Bus Stop (1956) and her first independent production in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her work in Some Like It Hot (1959), a critical and commercial success. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits (1961).

Monroe's troubled private life received much attention. She struggled with addiction and mood disorders. Her marriages to retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio and to playwright Arthur Miller were highly publicized, and both ended in divorce. On August 4, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles. Her death was ruled a probable suicide, although several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death.

Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.

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Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. It is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

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Only parts of us will ever touch only parts of others.

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Put on some red lipstick and live a little.

--Marilyn Monroe

Your clothes should be tight enough to show you're a woman but loose enough to show you're a lady.

--Marilyn Monroe

We are all of us stars and we deresrve to twinkle.

--Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes Good Things Fall Apart So Better Things Can Fall Together.

--Marilyn Monroe

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.

--Marilyn Monroe

Sweetie, if you're going to be two faced, at least make one of them pretty.

--Marilyn Monroe

I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.

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I don't understand why people aren't a little more generous with each other.

--Marilyn Monroe

She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that's important--you know.

--Marilyn Monroe

Personally, I react to Marlon Brando. He's a favorite of mine.

--Marilyn Monroe

Creativity starts with humanity when were being human we feel -- joys, sadness, when we're sick, when we're nervous.

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I believe in everything -- a little bit.

--Marilyn Monroe

My heart belongs to daddy.

--Marilyn Monroe

I defy gravity.

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I don't stop when I'm tired. I only stop when I'm done .

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I'm going to be a great movie star some day.

--Marilyn Monroe

People respect you because they feel you've survived hard times and endured, and although you've become famous, you haven't become phony.

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I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep.

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I've given pure sex appeal very little thought. If I had to think about it I'm sure it would frighten me.

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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

How do I know about a man's needs for a sex symbol? I'm a girl.

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A sex symbol becomes a thing. I hate being a thing.

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Longer Version:

A sex symbol becomes a thing, I just hate being a thing. But if I'm going to be a symbol of something I'd rather have it sex than some other things we've got symbols of.


A sweater is like life, you get nothing out of it that you don't put into it!

--Marilyn Monroe

Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don't expect me to be serious about my work.

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I feel that beauty and femininity are ageless.

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I have always felt comfortable in blue jeans. I have found it interesting, however, that people also whistle at blue jeans. I have to admit that I like mine to fit. There's nothing I hate worse than baggy blue jeans.

--Marilyn Monroe

You're always running into people's unconscious.

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Next to my husband and along with Marlon Brando, Yves Montand is the most attractive man I've ever met.

--Marilyn Monroe

I could have loved you once And said it But then you went away And when you came back Love was a forgotten word, Remember?

--Marilyn Monroe

Do people ever get over being shy? I think it's with you for life-like the color of your eyes.

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You can't sleep your way into being a star. It takes much, much more. But it helps a lot of actresses get their first chance that way.

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My marriage didn't make me sad, but it didn't make me happy either. My husband and I hardly spoke to each other. This wasn't because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom.

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I want to be an artist, not an erotic freak. I don't want to be sold to the public as a celluloid aphrodisiac.

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When you're a failure in Hollywood, that's like starving to death outside a banquet hall, with smells of filet mignon driving you crazy.

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Don't let your fear of failing triumph over the joy of participating.

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I'm the type of person that tries to fall back asleep in the morning just to finish a dream.

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The more I think of it, the more I realize there are no answers. Life is to be lived.

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Promises are worse than lies. You don't just make them believe, you also make them hope.

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Love and work are the only two real things in our lives. They belong together, otherwise it is off. Work is in itself a form of love.

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It is better to be happy alone than to be miserable with someone else.

--Marilyn Monroe

Maybe I'll never be able to do what I hope to, but at least I have hope.

--Marilyn Monroe

If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell shouldn't schedule a meeting with me before 10am.

--Marilyn Monroe

But chiefly, no lies! No lies about there being a Santa Claus or about the world being full of noble and honorable people all eager to help each other and do good to each other. I'll tell her there are honor and goodness in the world, the same as there are diamonds and radium.

--Marilyn Monroe

I think every human being knows how to hate. Because if they didn't know how to hate how to hate they wouldn't know how to love.

--Marilyn Monroe

I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am pretty, but not beautiful. I have friends, but I am not the peacemaker.

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Love is rare,love is strange,nothing lasts and people change.

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There's no such thing as chance, it's all preordained. Like kismet.

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Let yourself go, the pleasure of physical movement is so important. If that's a problem, you say to yourself, what is there that I am afraid of, or hiding? Maybe your libido!

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I finally made up my mind I wanted to be an actress and I was not going to let my lack of confidence ruin my chances.

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As of today, I have absolutely no regrets. I think I am a mature person who can take things in stride. I'm grateful for people in my past. They helped me get to where I am, wherever that is. But now, I am thinking for myself and sitting in on all the business transactions.

--Marilyn Monroe

I think cheesecake helps call attention to you. Then you can follow through and prove yourself.

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Ever since I became a movie star,I've been really weird.

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Too often they don't realize what they have until it's gone. ...they're too stubborn to say, 'Sorry, I was wrong' they hurt the ones closest to their hearts, and we let the most foolish things tear us apart.

--Marilyn Monroe

As far as I can make out, women's friendships with each other are based on a gush of lies and pretty speeches that mean nothing. You'd think they were all wolves trying to seduce each other the way they flatter and flirt when they're together.

--Marilyn Monroe

I'm thirty-six years old. I'm just getting started!

--Marilyn Monroe

I don't forgive people because I'm weak, I forgive them because I am strong enough to know people make mistakes.

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An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument.

--Marilyn Monroe

Longer Version:

An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument..


That's the story of my life; I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.

--Marilyn Monroe

I was never used to being happy, so that wasn't something I ever took for granted.

--Marilyn Monroe

In life, we weep at the thought of death. In death, perhaps we weep at the thought of life.

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I had to use my wits or else I'd have been sunk -- and nothings going to sink me. Everyone was always pulling at me, tugging at me, as if they wanted a piece of me. It was always, 'do this, do that,' and not just on the job but off, too. God, I've tried to stay intact, whole.

--Marilyn Monroe

I keep my undies in the icebox!

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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.

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In spite of everything life is not without hope.

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A friend tells you what you want to hear;a best friend tells you the truth.

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Wise girls kiss but never love,
Listen but never believe,
And leave before they are left.

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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

I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.

--Marilyn Monroe

If you don't love me at my worst, then you don't deserve me at my best.

--Marilyn Monroe

Ever notice how 'What the hell' is always the right answer?

--Marilyn Monroe

It's a terrible thing to be lonesome, especially in the middle of a crowd.

--Marilyn Monroe

A kiss on the hand might feel very good, but a diamond tiara is forever.

--Marilyn Monroe

I have never cared especially for outdoor sports and have no desire to excel at tennis, swimming, or golf. I'll leave those things to the men.

--Marilyn Monroe

The outside world wants me to have glamour; my fans want me glamorous. I won't let them down.

--Marilyn Monroe

The worst thing that happens to people when they dress up and go to a party is that they leave their real selves at home.

--Marilyn Monroe

I don't want you to feel depressed, honey. We've had a temporary setback.

--Marilyn Monroe

I do sin, but I am not the devil.

--Marilyn Monroe

I would have told her then she was the only thing that I could love in this dying world but the simple word love itself already died and went away.

--Marilyn Monroe

Squeezing yourself to ooze out the last ounce of sex allure is terribly hard. I'd like to do roles like Julie in Bury the Dead, Gretchen in Faust and Teresa in Cradle Song.

--Marilyn Monroe

They will only care when you're gone.

--Marilyn Monroe

The chief drawback with men is that they are too talkative.

--Marilyn Monroe

The happiest time of my life is now.

--Marilyn Monroe

I said pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.

--Marilyn Monroe

Always remember to smile and look up at what you got in life.

--Marilyn Monroe

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.

--Marilyn Monroe

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

--Marilyn Monroe

We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.

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You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.

--Marilyn Monroe

I'm pretty, but I'm not beautiful. I sin but I'm not the devil. I'm good, but I'm not an angel.

--Marilyn Monroe

For those who are poor in happiness, each time is a first time; happiness never becomes a habit.

--Marilyn Monroe

That's the way you feel when you're beaten inside. You don't feel angry at those who've beaten you. You just feel ashamed.

--Marilyn Monroe

I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.

--Marilyn Monroe

It's better for the whole world to know you, even as a sex star, than never to be known at all.

--Marilyn Monroe

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