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 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.

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.