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)
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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.

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"