Marilyn Monroe

Quotations

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.

Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.

Marilyn Monroe In Her Own Words, "Weddings & Divorces"

It’s not true I had nothing on. I had the radio on.

On reports of her nude photographs for a calendar, as quoted in TIME magazine (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.

As quoted in Marilyn Monroe : In Her Own Words (1983)

When you’re famous you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They 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 clothes not you.

quoted in Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress (1993) by Carl E. Rollyson

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

Quoted in Ms. magazine

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.

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.

Telegram, June 13, 1962, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennedy, turning down a party invitation.

I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.

I restore myself when I’m alone. A career is born in public-talent in privacy.

First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.

Please don’t make me a joke.