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.

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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"

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)