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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
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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)
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.