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Marilyn Monroe

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Icon and sex sign who have starred in the basic comedy Some ENJOY IT Hot and became the most well-known female in the globe through the 1950s. Her additional memorable films consist of 1955’s The Seven Yr Itch and 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Personal challenges took your hands on her past due in her profession and she passed away of the overdose of barbiturates in the early age of 36. She modeled for Blue Publication before changing her name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe. Her last film appearance arrived in the 1961 theatre The Misfits, that was co-written by her spouse at that time, Arthur Miller. She wedded Joe DiMaggio in 1954; the relationship finished in divorce nine a few months later. Her initial relationship was to Adam Dougherty from 1942 to 1946. Her third and last relationship to Arthur Miller spanned from 1956 to 1961. Tony Curtis and Jack port Lemmon co-starred with her in the 1959 film Some Enjoy it Hot.

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Full Name Marilyn Monroe
Date Of Birth June 1, 1926
Died August 5, 1962, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 1.66 m
Weight 53.5 kilograms
Profession Movie Actress
Education University of California, Los Angeles, Van Nuys High School, Actors Studio
Nationality American
Spouse Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio, James Dougherty
Parents Gladys Pearl Baker
Siblings Berniece Baker Miracle, Robert Kermitt Baker
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites, David di Donatello Golden Plate Award
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Movies Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bus Stop, Niagara, The Misfits, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, The Prince and the Showgirl, All About Eve, There's No Business Like Show Business, Don't Bother to Knock, Monkey Business, Let's Make Love, Something's Got to Give, The Asphalt Jungle, We're Not Married!, Love Nest, Clash by Night, As Young as You Feel, Love Happy, Ladies of the Chorus, Let's Make It Legal, O. Henry's Full House, Home Town Story, The Fireball, You Were Meant for Me, Love, Marilyn
TV Shows Premier Khrushchev in the USA, President Kennedy Birthday's salute
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1Mentioned in Billy Joel's "We didn't start the fire".
2One of Hajime Sorayama's "Gynoids" is based on her iconic pose from "The Seven Year Itch".
3Egypt banned all her films after her conversion to Judaism in 1956.
4She is one of the Hollywood actors mentioned in The Kinks song "Celluloid Heroes".
5Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Some Like It Hot (1959). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
6Richard Widmark on co-starring with Monroe in "Don't Bother to Knock": "She was a vulnerable kid. Murder to work with because she was scared to death of acting - even when she became a big movie actress. We had a hell of a time getting her out of the dressing room. When it was five o'clock , it got irritating: 'C'mon, Marilyn, we want to go home!' She was a movie animal. Something happened between the lens and the film. Nobody knew what the hell it was. On the set, you'd think: 'Oh, this is impossible; you can't print this.' You'd see it, and she's got everyone backed off the screen. Olivier said the same thing. She had that phenomenal something! Nobody knows what it is, but she had it. She certainly was never a professional actress. She always had a coach with her, lurking in the background, giving her signals. And she could never remember three words in a row - so it was all piece-work. Beyond all the technical deficiencies, she was a nice girl. We got along fine.".
7Played by Mary Hanson in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014). The director of that film, Jordan Mohr, had portrayed Marilyn's rival Simone Signoret in the stage play "Two Simones: de Beauvoir and Signoret in Hollywood".
8Was good friends with Judy Garland.
9Director Billy Wilder was quoted as saying, "The great success of Monroe... was that she did not infuriate the female.".
10"Goodbye, Charlie" with Debbie Reynolds and "The Stripper" with Joanne Woodward were originally slated by Fox as Monroe projects.
11According to the book "Flesh and Fantasy" Monroe perfected a Vaseline-based lip gloss.
12She campaigned to play the Maria Schell role in "The Brothers Karamazov," but she was never seriously considered.
13Among roles that Monroe turned down under her Fox contract: "Pink Tights," "How To Be Very, Very Popular," "The Revolt of Mamie Stover," "The Girl in the Red velvet Swing,' "The Jean Harlow Story," "The Blue Angel," and "Can-Can.".
14After working with Monroe in As Young as You Feel (1951) jealous co-star Constance Bennett wisecracked, "Now there's a broad with a future behind her!".
15Although Monroe's famous nude calender grossed $750,000, the actress only got $50 and a bad cold out of it.
16Ayn Rand wrote a powerful tribute to her, compiled in "The Voice of Reason".
17Mentioned in the song "Tell me it's not true" from the musical "Blood Brothers".
18According to Adam Curtis' "The Century of Self", Monroe was in the later years subjected to an experimental kind of therapy where she was forced to attend the rituals of an average family and then expected to model her self upon the experience. Arthur Miller commented in the same documentary "I don't think suffering is always a mistake".
19She was scheduled for The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), but she was thought too old at 30 when the character was supposed to be 17 so she was replaced with Joan Collins.
20Film editor Dann Cahn recommended a young woman he was dating for the part of a beautiful young woman in Your Show Time (1949). Producer Stanley Rubin auditioned her and turned her down because she did not have enough experience. The young woman's name was Marilyn Monroe.
21She had the same birthday (June 1) as her former sister-in-law Joan Copeland, the younger sister of her third husband Arthur Miller.
22Learned to play the guitar for her role in River of No Return (1954) and the ukulele for her role in Some Like It Hot (1959).
23Monroe was a stutterer, a little known fact that was easily covered thanks to studio vocal coaches who provided her with dictation lessons.
24Was close friends with singer Ella Fitzgerald and helped her rise in her musical career by arranging for her to sing in many upscale nightclubs some of which were segregated during the time of their friendship.
25Was a lifelong liberal Democrat.
26Good friends with Milton H. Greene.
27Ranked #3 in Men's Health 100 Hottest Women of all Time (2011).
28Read and wrote poetry. Her favorite poets were Walt Whitman and John Keats.
29Although she was an avid buyer of books and owned over 400 of them at her death, third husband Arthur Miller said, "Aside from Colette's Cheri and a few short stories, I had never known her to read anything all the way through. She felt she could get the idea of a book, and often did, in just a few pages.".
30Became pregnant twice (in July 1957 and November 1958) during her marriage to Arthur Miller; on both occasions she suffered miscarriages.
31Half-sister of Berniece and Robert Kermitt Baker (but she never knew him, because he died at 14) by her mother's side. Sister-in-law of Paris Miracle, aunt of Mona Rae Miracle.
32Former stepmother of Robert A. Miller.
33Although she was perhaps the most famous actress of the 1950s decade, she never made more than $100,000 per picture upfront. Actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck were earning significantly more.
34Was in consideration for the part of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (1955), but Vivian Blaine was cast instead.
35Her last film Something's Got to Give (1962), was finally released in 2003. In the swimming pool scene, Marilyn reveals much more to the camera than she did in her then controversial calendar photo from the early 1950s.
36Featured in "Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 1998).
37In 1961, after her divorce from Arthur Miller, she purchased a 2900 square foot hacienda style house in Brentwood, for $77,500.
38"Time Magazine" reported in 1973 that Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi, the doctor who performed Monroe's autopsy, said that contrary to rumors, Monroe's stomach was never pumped after her death. The level of Nembutal in her bloodstream was 4.5 milligrams per 100, which is the equivalent of 40 or 50 capsules indicating suicide.
39Nearly 11 years after her death, she appeared on the cover of the Tuesday, July 17th, 1973 edition of "Time Magazine" in a full-color portrait taken by Bert Stern, from the last photographic sitting before her death. The cover-story heralds the publication of "Marilyn," the biography of her by Norman Mailer. On the cover, her image dwarfs a black & white photo of Mailer. Mailer reportedly was displeased that "Time" chose to play up Monroe and diminish him, visually on the cover. The publication of the coffee table biography, which contained many photographs including several by Stern, was a major event of that publishing season. The book retailed for $19.95, which is approximately $100 in 2008 money, when factored for inflation.
40There are over 600 books written about her.
41Her personal library contained over 400 books on topics ranging from art to history, psychology, philosophy, literature, religion, poetry, and gardening. Many of the volumes, auctioned in 1999, bore her pencil notations in the margins.
42She tried 9 different shades of blonde hair color before settling on platinum blonde.
43When she married Joe DiMaggio, the couple moved into a home at 508 N. Palm Drive in Beverly Hills, that was next door to Jean Harlow's last home.
44Producer Keya Morgan owns her Bible.
45Spent most of her early childhood in foster homes and orphanages because her mother was committed to a mental institution. Later, she lived with her mother's best friend, Grace McKee, and her family. McKee, a big fan of Jean Harlow, allowed her to wear make-up and curl her hair and, when she was 15, it was McKee who pierced her ears for her using a sewing needle. At 16, when McKee could no longer take care of her, she got married to avoid returning to the orphanage.
46In 1946, she signed her first studio contract with 20th Century Fox and dyed her hair.
47Her classic shape, according to her dressmaker, is actually measured at 37-23-36.
48She left Hollywood to pursue serious acting by studying under Lee Strasberg at his Actors' Studio in New York City.
49Her "Happy Birthday Mr. President" dress sold for $1,267,500.00, a world record for the most expensive piece of clothing ever sold, and is in the Guinness Book of World Records.
50She resided at the Hollywood Roosevelt while she was breaking into the acting business.
51What a Way to Go! (1964) initially intended as a vehicle for her, Shirley MacLaine played Louisa May Foster instead. Producer Arthur P. Jacobs was her publicist and J. Lee Thompson was on her list of approved directors.
52Was originally set to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), but Audrey Hepburn played the role instead.
53Her lifelong bouts with depression and self-destruction took their toll during filming The Seven Year Itch (1955). She frequently muffed scenes and forgot her lines, leading to sometimes as many as 40 takes of a scene before a satisfactory result was produced. Her constant tardiness and behavioral problems made the budget of the film swell to $1.8 million, a high price for the time. The film still managed to make a nice profit. The classic shot of her dress blowing up around her legs as she stands over a subway grating in this film was originally shot on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue at 52nd St., On Wednesday, September 15th, 1954, at 1:00 a.m. Five thousand onlookers whistled and cheered through take after take as Marilyn repeatedly missed her lines. This occurred in presence of an increasingly embarrassed and angry Joe DiMaggio (her husband at the time; the nine-month-old marriage officially ended during the shooting of this film). The original footage shot on that night in New York never made it to the screen; the noise of the crowd had made it unusable. Director Billy Wilder re-shot the scene on the 20th Century-Fox lot, on a set replicating Lexington Avenue, and got a more satisfactory result. However, it took another 40 takes for Marilyn to achieve the famous scene. Amazingly, her very narrow spike heels don't get stuck or break in the subway grating, although this was a universal problem at the time for the countless women wearing that very popular style heel in New York City in that era. An important promotional campaign was released for this mainstream motion picture, including a 52-foot-high cutout of Marilyn (from the blowing dress scene) erected in front of Loews State Theater, in New York City's Times Square. The movie premiere was on June 1, 1955, which was also her 29th birthday.
54In Italy, her films were dubbed at the beginning of her career by Miranda Bonansea. As she matured she was dubbed by the marvellous and prolific Rosetta Calavetta with immense success, particularly in Some Like It Hot (1959). Zoe Incrocci lent her voice to Monroe once: in All About Eve (1950).
55Don't Bother to Knock (1952) (her 18th film) was an attempt to prove to critics that she could act successfully. Because some earlier films took numerous takes and much longer time to complete. Especially, The Seven Year Itch (1955) which took numerous extra takes, for her character role, alone.
56Friend of James Haspiel.
57In How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), her character Pola is reading a book called "Murder By Strangulation" on the plane. Coincidentally, this is how her character was murdered in Niagara (1953).
58Her real father was Charles Stanley Gifford. From his side, she was descended from the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and religious leader Anne Marbury-Hutchinson, from whom she is related to Lucretia Rudolph (wife of President James A. Garfield), Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, and George W. Bush.
59When budding actresses Shelley Winters and Marilyn were roommates in the late 1940s in Hollywood, Shelley said that one day she had to step out and asked Marilyn to "wash the lettuce" for a salad they were to share for dinner. When Shelley got back to the apartment, (Marilyn was apparently new to the art of cooking) had the leaves of lettuce in a small tub of soapy water and was scrubbing them clean. She had not heard of the phrase before either, or did not know it's true meaning.
60Was good friends with Dorothy Dandridge and Ava Gardner when they were all young, struggling actresses in Hollywood.
61In 1972, actress Veronica Hamel and her husband became the new owners of Marilyn's Brentwood home. They hired a contractor to replace the roof and remodel the house, and the contractor discovered a sophisticated eavesdropping and telephone tapping system that covered every room in the house. The components were not commercially available in 1962, but were in the words of a retired Justice Department official, "standard FBI issue." This discovery lent further support to claims of conspiracy theorists that Marilyn had been under surveillance by the Kennedys and the Mafia. The new owners spent $100,000 to remove the bugging devices from the house.
62The ADR stage at Twentieth Century Fox is named after her.
63A 1982 review into the original inquest of Marilyn's death, conducted on its 20-year anniversary, concluded that the actress committed suicide or accidentally overdosed, and was not murdered--rumors that were fueled by the sloppy handling of evidence, the delay in securing the scene and the disappearance of tissue samples.
64Sergei Parajanov made collages of Monroe, Charles Chaplin, Mona Lisa, and other famous personages and many were featured in Mikhail Vartanov's Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992).
65She took acting lessons from Michael Chekhov.
66Aside from her birth name of Norma Jeane Mortenson, she was baptized and mainly known throughout her life as Norma Jeane Baker. During her modeling days she was also known as Norma Jeane Dougherty (her first marriage name), and also as Jean Norman. When she signed with 20th Century-Fox, studio casting executive Ben Lyon had first chosen the name Carol Lind as her stage name, although she disliked that. Eventually she chose her mother's maiden name of Monroe. Three names were drawn up as possible stage names. The first was Norma Jeane Monroe, although that sounded awkward; the second was Jean Monroe, and the third was Marilyn Monroe, the latter first name being chosen by Lyon who thought Norma Jeane resembled famed stage actress Marilyn Miller. Norma Jeane liked Jean Monroe, for it preserved some of her name, but Lyon convinced her that Marilyn Monroe sounded more alliterative and so it was chosen.
67One of the first Los Angeles natives to become a major movie star.
68In 1999, a make-up kit that she personally owned, sold for $266,500.
69The dress Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade John F. Kennedy, on May 19, 1962 at his birthday celebration was so tight, that it had to be sewn onto her. She had to sit still for approximately an hour.
70Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue".
71Was named #6 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends.
72After discovering her dress was torn, at the 1950 Academy Awards, she burst into tears.
73Ten days in advance, on Saturday, May 19th, 1962, she performed for U.S. President John F. Kennedy at his 45th birthday tribute in his honor at Madison Square Garden. She sang "Happy Birthday". (Kennedy's real birthday was May 29th).
74The very popular version of "Santa Baby" (also found in the film, Party Monster (2003)) thought to be sung by her was instead recorded by Cynthia Basinet for Jack Nicholson as a Christmas gift.
75Featured on a 1.11 euro postage stamp issued by French Post Office on Saturday, November 8th, 2003.
76The punk band The Misfits recorded a song called "Who Killed Marilyn?" inspired by lead singer Glenn Danzig's belief that she had been murdered.
77The punk band The Misfits created or picked their name from the last movie title she acted in, The Misfits (1961).
78Named 2nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premier Magazine, behind #1 Cary Grant and before #3 Tom Cruise.
79"Candle in the Wind", Elton John's song, was originally written about her, and was lyrically re-changed to fit Princess Diana upon her death, in 1997. Coincidentally, both legends died at age 36.
80Def Leppard's 1983 #1 hit single "Photograph" from their "Pyromania" album was written about her.
81When she wasn't acting, she preferred to wear nothing but a bathrobe and occasionally a bikini.
82The first Playboy magazine cover, featuring her, is pictured on one of six stamps issued in a souvenir sheet, issued by Grenada & the Grenadines on Saturday, December 1st, 2003 to celebrate Playboy's 50th and golden anniversary.
83The Emily Ann Faulkner/Rita Shawn character (played by Kim Stanley) in the John Cromwell film The Goddess (1958) was based on her.
84Was referenced in the dialogue of La Dolce Vita (1960), in the context of dieting.
85She was "discovered" by press photographers during a World War II photo shoot at the Radioplane plant in California owned by actor Reginald Denny. She was one of the plant's employees. She left her job and signed with Emmeline Snively's modeling agency.
86Her USO Entertainer Identification Card (#129778) listed her name as "Norma Jeane DiMaggio".
87She is mentioned in the song "Lady Nina" by rock band Marillion.
88Batman writer/artist Bob Kane used Marilyn's likeness as a reference when he drew Vicki Vale.
89Appears on sleeve of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.
90Formed her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, with Milton H. Greene, on December 31, 1955.
91The famous nude photo of her by Tom Kelley originally appeared as anonymous on a calendar entitled "Miss Golden Dreams." In 1952, a blackmailer threatened to identify the model as Marilyn, but she shrewdly thwarted the scheme by announcing the fact herself. Hugh M. Hefner then bought the rights to use the photo for $500. She became "The Sweetheart of the Month" in the first issue of Hefner's magazine, Playboy. Neither Kelley or Monroe ever saw a dime of the millions the calendar made for its publisher.
92When she was told that she was not the star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) she verbally said "Well whatever I am, I'm still the blonde.".
93Her behavior on the unfinished Something's Got to Give (1962) dimmed her reputation in the industry, but she was still big box office at the time of her death. What a Way to Go! (1964) and The Stripper (1963) were being developed for her.
94Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote a tribute to her entitled "Candle in the Wind". In 1997, it was re-recorded with updated lyrics in memory of Princess Diana.
95Went to Van Nuys High School (Los Angeles) in the early 1940s but never graduated.
96The first stamp released in the USPS's Legends of Hollywood series, issued on Friday, June 1st, 1995.
97Although it's believed that her mother, Gladys Baker, named her after Norma Talmadge, Gladys reportedly told her daughter, Bernice (Marilyn's half-sister), that she named Marilyn after Norma Jeane Cohen, a child she was Nanny to while living in Louisville, KY. while her son Robert Kermit Baker (Marilyn's half brother) was in Hospital, and estranged from the father Jasper Baker. The boy died, and Gladys returned to California.
98Offered to convert to Catholism in order to marry Joe DiMaggio in a Church ceremony, but she was turned down because she was divorced. Subsequently, when the divorced DiMaggio married Marilyn in a civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, he was automatically excommunicated by the Church; this edict was struck down by Pope John XXIII's Ecumenical Council (Vatican II) in 1962.
99Won an interlocutory decree from Joe DiMaggio on Wednesday, October 27th, 1954, but, under California law, the divorce was not finalized until exactly one year later.
100Married Arthur Miller twice: the 1st time in a civil ceremony, then in a Jewish (to which she had converted) ceremony two days later.
101On Thursday, February 23rd, 1956, she obtained order from the City Court of the State of New York to legally change her name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe.
102Wore glasses.
103Divorced last husband, Arthur Miller, in Juarez, Mexico.
104Divorced first husband, James Dougherty, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
105Suffered from endometriosis, a condition in which tissues of the uterus lining (endometrium) leave the uterus, attach themselves to other areas of the body, and grow, causing pain, irregular bleeding, and, in severe cases, infertility.
106Born on Tuesday at 9:30 AM, Pacific Standard Time, which is Los Angeles, California's time zone.
107The first time she signed an autograph as Marilyn Monroe, she had to ask how to spell it. She didn't know where to put the "i" in "Marilyn".
108Thought the right side of her face was her "best" side.
109She was suggested as a possible wife for Prince Rainier of Monaco. But he picked actress, Grace Kelly, to be his wife.
110Fearing blemishes and sweat, she washed her face fifteen times a day.
111Because the bathing suit she wore in the movie Love Nest (1951) was so risque (for the time period) and caused such a commotion on the set, director Joseph M. Newman had to make it a closed set when she was filming.
112Was an outstanding player on the Hollygrove Orphanage softball team.
113Often carried around the book, "The Biography of Abraham Lincoln."
114During the filming of Niagara (1953), she was still under contract as a stock actor, thus, she received less salary than her make-up man. This was also the only film in which her character died. The film was reworked to highlight her after Anne Bancroft withdrew.
115Frequently used Nivea moisturizer.
116Her first modeling job paid only five dollars.
117Redheaded actress Tina Louise played the character role of Ginger Grant on the television series Gilligan's Island (1964), was loosely based on her personality, but a different hair color.
118When putting her imprints at Grauman's she joked that Jane Russell was best known for her large front-side and she was known for her wiggly walk, so Jane could lean over, and she could sit in it. It was only a joke, but she dotted the "I" in her name with a rhinestone, which was stolen within days.
119Ex-husband Joe DiMaggio put fresh roses at her memorial site, for numerous years after her death.
120She was discovered dead at her home at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, California. She had a phone in one of her hands, her body was completely nude and face down, on her bed.
121Hugh M. Hefner owns the closest burial vault next to hers.
122Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#2).
123Hundreds of items of memorabilia auctioned off in late October 1999 by Christie's, with her infamous 'JFK' birthday-gown fetching over $1 million.
124Interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Corridor of Memories, crypt #24.
125Given a dog she named Tippy by foster father Albert Bolender. In her final, unfinished film Something's Got to Give (1962), the dog was also named Tippy.
126Appeared on the first cover of Playboy in 1953.
127Started using the name Marilyn Monroe in 1946, but did not legally change it until 1956.
128Was named the Number One Sex Star of the 20th Century by Playboy magazine in 1999.
129The licensing of Marilyn's name and likeness, handled world-wide by Curtis Management Group, reportedly nets the Monroe estate about $2 million a year.
130When she died in 1962 at age 36, she left an estate valued at $1.6 million. In her will, Monroe bequeathed 75% of that estate to Lee Strasberg, her acting coach, and 25% to Dr. Marianne Kris, her psychoanalyst. A trust fund provided her mother, Gladys Baker Eley, with $5,000 a year. When Dr. Kris died in 1980, she passed her 25% on to the Anna Freud Centre, a children's psychiatric institute in London. Since Strasberg's death in 1982, his 75% has been administered by his widow, Anna, and her lawyer, Irving Seidman.
131She was Playboy's first "Sweetheart of the Month" in December 1953.
132Voted Empire's (UK) "sexiest female movie star of all time" in 1995.
133Ranked #8 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
134Was roommates with Shelley Winters when they were both starting out in Hollywood.
135In her autobiography, "My Story", she recounted her guardian told her she was a direct descendant of James Monroe. Her mother's maiden name was Monroe, but there is no evidence she was a descendant of the U.S. President.
136Was 1947's Miss California Artichoke Queen.
137Voted 'Sexiest Woman of the Century' by People Magazine.
138Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Some Like It Hot (1959). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Raquel Welch for The Three Musketeers (1973), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
139Richard Widmark on co-starring with Monroe in "Don't Bother to Knock": "She was a vulnerable kid. Murder to work with because she was scared to death of acting - even when she became a big movie actress. We had a hell of a time getting her out of the dressing room. When it was five o'clock , it got irritating: 'C'mon, Marilyn, we want to go home!' She was a movie animal. Something happened between the lens and the film. Nobody knew what the hell it was. On the set, you'd think: 'Oh, this is impossible; you can't print this.' You'd see it, and she's got everyone backed off the screen. Olivier said the same thing. She had that phenomenal something! Nobody knows what it is, but she had it. She certainly was never a professional actress. She always had a coach with her, lurking in the background, giving her signals. And she could never remember three words in a row - so it was all piece-work. Beyond all the technical deficiencies, she was a nice girl. We got along fine.".
140Played by Mary Hanson in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014). The director of that film, Jordan Mohr, had portrayed Marilyn's rival Simone Signoret in the stage play "Two Simones: de Beauvoir and Signoret in Hollywood".
141Was good friends with Judy Garland.
142Director Billy Wilder was quoted as saying, "The great success of Monroe... was that she did not infuriate the female.".
143"Goodbye, Charlie" with Debbie Reynolds and "The Stripper" with Joanne Woodward were originally slated by Fox as Monroe projects.
144According to the book "Flesh and Fantasy" Monroe perfected a Vaseline-based lip gloss.
145She campaigned to play the Maria Schell role in "The Brothers Karamazov," but she was never seriously considered.
146Among roles that Monroe turned down under her Fox contract: "Pink Tights," "How To Be Very, Very Popular," "The Revolt of Mamie Stover," "The Girl in the Red velvet Swing,' "The Jean Harlow Story," "The Blue Angel," and "Can-Can.".
147After working with Monroe in As Young as You Feel (1951) jealous co-star Constance Bennett wisecracked, "Now there's a broad with a future behind her!".
148Although Monroe's famous nude calender grossed $750,000, the actress only got $50 and a bad cold out of it.
149Ayn Rand wrote a powerful tribute to her, compiled in "The Voice of Reason".
150Mentioned in the song "Tell me it's not true" from the musical "Blood Brothers".
151According to Adam Curtis' "The Century of Self", Monroe was in the later years subjected to an experimental kind of therapy where she was forced to attend the rituals of an average family and then expected to model her self upon the experience. Arthur Miller commented in the same documentary "I don't think suffering is always a mistake".
152She was scheduled for The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), but she was thought too old at 30 when the character was supposed to be 17 so she was replaced with Joan Collins.
153Film editor Dann Cahn recommended a young woman he was dating for the part of a beautiful young woman in Your Show Time (1949). Producer Stanley Rubin auditioned her and turned her down because she did not have enough experience. The young woman's name was Marilyn Monroe.
154She had the same birthday (June 1) as her former sister-in-law Joan Copeland, the younger sister of her third husband Arthur Miller.
155Learned to play the guitar for her role in River of No Return (1954) and the ukulele for her role in Some Like It Hot (1959).
156Monroe was a stutterer, a little known fact that was easily covered thanks to studio vocal coaches who provided her with dictation lessons.
157Was close friends with singer Ella Fitzgerald and helped her rise in her musical career by arranging for her to sing in many upscale nightclubs some of which were segregated during the time of their friendship.
158Was a lifelong liberal Democrat.
159Good friends with Milton H. Greene.
160Ranked #3 in Men's Health 100 Hottest Women of all Time (2011).
161Read and wrote poetry. Her favorite poets were Walt Whitman and John Keats.
162Although she was an avid buyer of books and owned over 400 of them at her death, third husband Arthur Miller said, "Aside from Colette's Cheri and a few short stories, I had never known her to read anything all the way through. She felt she could get the idea of a book, and often did, in just a few pages.".
163Became pregnant twice (in July 1957 and November 1958) during her marriage to Arthur Miller; on both occasions she suffered miscarriages.
164Half-sister of Berniece and Robert Kermitt Baker (but she never knew him, because he died at 14) by her mother's side. Sister-in-law of Paris Miracle, aunt of Mona Rae Miracle.
165Former stepmother of Robert A. Miller.
166Although she was perhaps the most famous actress of the 1950s decade, she never made more than $100,000 per picture upfront. Actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck were earning significantly more.
167Was in consideration for the part of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (1955), but Vivian Blaine was cast instead.
168Her last film Something's Got to Give (1962), was finally released in 2003. In the swimming pool scene, Marilyn reveals much more to the camera than she did in her then controversial calendar photo from the early 1950s.
169Featured in "Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 1998).
170In 1961, after her divorce from Arthur Miller, she purchased a 2900 square foot hacienda style house in Brentwood, for $77,500.
171"Time Magazine" reported in 1973 that Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi, the doctor who performed Monroe's autopsy, said that contrary to rumors, Monroe's stomach was never pumped after her death. The level of Nembutal in her bloodstream was 4.5 milligrams per 100, which is the equivalent of 40 or 50 capsules indicating suicide.
172Nearly 11 years after her death, she appeared on the cover of the Tuesday, July 17th, 1973 edition of "Time Magazine" in a full-color portrait taken by Bert Stern, from the last photographic sitting before her death. The cover-story heralds the publication of "Marilyn," the biography of her by Norman Mailer. On the cover, her image dwarfs a black & white photo of Mailer. Mailer reportedly was displeased that "Time" chose to play up Monroe and diminish him, visually on the cover. The publication of the coffee table biography, which contained many photographs including several by Stern, was a major event of that publishing season. The book retailed for $19.95, which is approximately $100 in 2008 money, when factored for inflation.
173There are over 600 books written about her.
174Her personal library contained over 400 books on topics ranging from art to history, psychology, philosophy, literature, religion, poetry, and gardening. Many of the volumes, auctioned in 1999, bore her pencil notations in the margins.
175She tried 9 different shades of blonde hair color before settling on platinum blonde.
176When she married Joe DiMaggio, the couple moved into a home at 508 N. Palm Drive in Beverly Hills, that was next door to Jean Harlow's last home.
177Producer Keya Morgan owns her Bible.
178Spent most of her early childhood in foster homes and orphanages because her mother was committed to a mental institution. Later, she lived with her mother's best friend, Grace McKee, and her family. McKee, a big fan of Jean Harlow, allowed her to wear make-up and curl her hair and, when she was 15, it was McKee who pierced her ears for her using a sewing needle. At 16, when McKee could no longer take care of her, she got married to avoid returning to the orphanage.
179In 1946, she signed her first studio contract with 20th Century Fox and dyed her hair.
180Her classic shape, according to her dressmaker, is actually measured at 37-23-36.
181She left Hollywood to pursue serious acting by studying under Lee Strasberg at his Actors' Studio in New York City.
182Her "Happy Birthday Mr. President" dress sold for $1,267,500.00, a world record for the most expensive piece of clothing ever sold, and is in the Guinness Book of World Records.
183She resided at the Hollywood Roosevelt while she was breaking into the acting business.
184What a Way to Go! (1964) initially intended as a vehicle for her, Shirley MacLaine played Louisa May Foster instead. Producer Arthur P. Jacobs was her publicist and J. Lee Thompson was on her list of approved directors.
185Was originally set to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), but Audrey Hepburn played the role instead.
186Her lifelong bouts with depression and self-destruction took their toll during filming The Seven Year Itch (1955). She frequently muffed scenes and forgot her lines, leading to sometimes as many as 40 takes of a scene before a satisfactory result was produced. Her constant tardiness and behavioral problems made the budget of the film swell to $1.8 million, a high price for the time. The film still managed to make a nice profit. The classic shot of her dress blowing up around her legs as she stands over a subway grating in this film was originally shot on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue at 52nd St., On Wednesday, September 15th, 1954, at 1:00 a.m. Five thousand onlookers whistled and cheered through take after take as Marilyn repeatedly missed her lines. This occurred in presence of an increasingly embarrassed and angry Joe DiMaggio (her husband at the time; the nine-month-old marriage officially ended during the shooting of this film). The original footage shot on that night in New York never made it to the screen; the noise of the crowd had made it unusable. Director Billy Wilder re-shot the scene on the 20th Century-Fox lot, on a set replicating Lexington Avenue, and got a more satisfactory result. However, it took another 40 takes for Marilyn to achieve the famous scene. Amazingly, her very narrow spike heels don't get stuck or break in the subway grating, although this was a universal problem at the time for the countless women wearing that very popular style heel in New York City in that era. An important promotional campaign was released for this mainstream motion picture, including a 52-foot-high cutout of Marilyn (from the blowing dress scene) erected in front of Loews State Theater, in New York City's Times Square. The movie premiere was on June 1, 1955, which was also her 29th birthday.
187In Italy, her films were dubbed at the beginning of her career by Miranda Bonansea. As she matured she was dubbed by the marvellous and prolific Rosetta Calavetta with immense success, particularly in Some Like It Hot (1959). Zoe Incrocci lent her voice to Monroe once: in All About Eve (1950).
188Don't Bother to Knock (1952) (her 18th film) was an attempt to prove to critics that she could act successfully. Because some earlier films took numerous takes and much longer time to complete. Especially, The Seven Year Itch (1955) which took numerous extra takes, for her character role, alone.
189Friend of James Haspiel.
190In How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), her character Pola is reading a book called "Murder By Strangulation" on the plane. Coincidentally, this is how her character was murdered in Niagara (1953).
191Her real father was Charles Stanley Gifford. From his side, she was descended from the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and religious leader Anne Marbury-Hutchinson, from whom she is related to Lucretia Rudolph (wife of President James A. Garfield), Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, and George W. Bush.
192When budding actresses Shelley Winters and Marilyn were roommates in the late 1940s in Hollywood, Shelley said that one day she had to step out and asked Marilyn to "wash the lettuce" for a salad they were to share for dinner. When Shelley got back to the apartment, (Marilyn was apparently new to the art of cooking) had the leaves of lettuce in a small tub of soapy water and was scrubbing them clean. She had not heard of the phrase before either, or did not know it's true meaning.
193Was good friends with Dorothy Dandridge and Ava Gardner when they were all young, struggling actresses in Hollywood.
194In 1972, actress Veronica Hamel and her husband became the new owners of Marilyn's Brentwood home. They hired a contractor to replace the roof and remodel the house, and the contractor discovered a sophisticated eavesdropping and telephone tapping system that covered every room in the house. The components were not commercially available in 1962, but were in the words of a retired Justice Department official, "standard FBI issue." This discovery lent further support to claims of conspiracy theorists that Marilyn had been under surveillance by the Kennedys and the Mafia. The new owners spent $100,000 to remove the bugging devices from the house.
195The ADR stage at Twentieth Century Fox is named after her.
196A 1982 review into the original inquest of Marilyn's death, conducted on its 20-year anniversary, concluded that the actress committed suicide or accidentally overdosed, and was not murdered--rumors that were fueled by the sloppy handling of evidence, the delay in securing the scene and the disappearance of tissue samples.
197Sergei Parajanov made collages of Monroe, Charles Chaplin, Mona Lisa, and other famous personages and many were featured in Mikhail Vartanov's Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992).
198She took acting lessons from Michael Chekhov.
199Aside from her birth name of Norma Jeane Mortenson, she was baptized and mainly known throughout her life as Norma Jeane Baker. During her modeling days she was also known as Norma Jeane Dougherty (her first marriage name), and also as Jean Norman. When she signed with 20th Century-Fox, studio casting executive Ben Lyon had first chosen the name Carol Lind as her stage name, although she disliked that. Eventually she chose her mother's maiden name of Monroe. Three names were drawn up as possible stage names. The first was Norma Jeane Monroe, although that sounded awkward; the second was Jean Monroe, and the third was Marilyn Monroe, the latter first name being chosen by Lyon who thought Norma Jeane resembled famed stage actress Marilyn Miller. Norma Jeane liked Jean Monroe, for it preserved some of her name, but Lyon convinced her that Marilyn Monroe sounded more alliterative and so it was chosen.
200One of the first Los Angeles natives to become a major movie star.
201In 1999, a make-up kit that she personally owned, sold for $266,500.
202The dress Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade John F. Kennedy, on May 19, 1962 at his birthday celebration was so tight, that it had to be sewn onto her. She had to sit still for approximately an hour.
203Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue".
204Was named #6 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends.
205After discovering her dress was torn, at the 1950 Academy Awards, she burst into tears.
206Ten days in advance, on Saturday, May 19th, 1962, she performed for U.S. President John F. Kennedy at his 45th birthday tribute in his honor at Madison Square Garden. She sang "Happy Birthday". (Kennedy's real birthday was May 29th).
207The very popular version of "Santa Baby" (also found in the film, Party Monster (2003)) thought to be sung by her was instead recorded by Cynthia Basinet for Jack Nicholson as a Christmas gift.
208Featured on a 1.11 euro postage stamp issued by French Post Office on Saturday, November 8th, 2003.
209The punk band The Misfits recorded a song called "Who Killed Marilyn?" inspired by lead singer Glenn Danzig's belief that she had been murdered.
210The punk band The Misfits created or picked their name from the last movie title she acted in, The Misfits (1961).
211Named 2nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premier Magazine, behind #1 Cary Grant and before #3 Tom Cruise.
212"Candle in the Wind", Elton John's song, was originally written about her, and was lyrically re-changed to fit Princess Diana upon her death, in 1997. Coincidentally, both legends died at age 36.
213Def Leppard's 1983 #1 hit single "Photograph" from their "Pyromania" album was written about her.
214When she wasn't acting, she preferred to wear nothing but a bathrobe and occasionally a bikini.
215The first Playboy magazine cover, featuring her, is pictured on one of six stamps issued in a souvenir sheet, issued by Grenada & the Grenadines on Saturday, December 1st, 2003 to celebrate Playboy's 50th and golden anniversary.
216The Emily Ann Faulkner/Rita Shawn character (played by Kim Stanley) in the John Cromwell film The Goddess (1958) was based on her.
217Was referenced in the dialogue of La Dolce Vita (1960), in the context of dieting.
218She was "discovered" by press photographers during a World War II photo shoot at the Radioplane plant in California owned by actor Reginald Denny. She was one of the plant's employees. She left her job and signed with Emmeline Snively's modeling agency.
219Her USO Entertainer Identification Card (#129778) listed her name as "Norma Jeane DiMaggio".
220She is mentioned in the song "Lady Nina" by rock band Marillion.
221Batman writer/artist Bob Kane used Marilyn's likeness as a reference when he drew Vicki Vale.
222Appears on sleeve of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.
223Formed her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, with Milton H. Greene, on December 31, 1955.
224The famous nude photo of her by Tom Kelley originally appeared as anonymous on a calendar entitled "Miss Golden Dreams." In 1952, a blackmailer threatened to identify the model as Marilyn, but she shrewdly thwarted the scheme by announcing the fact herself. Hugh M. Hefner then bought the rights to use the photo for $500. She became "The Sweetheart of the Month" in the first issue of Hefner's magazine, Playboy. Neither Kelley or Monroe ever saw a dime of the millions the calendar made for its publisher.
225When she was told that she was not the star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) she verbally said "Well whatever I am, I'm still the blonde.".
226Her behavior on the unfinished Something's Got to Give (1962) dimmed her reputation in the industry, but she was still big box office at the time of her death. What a Way to Go! (1964) and The Stripper (1963) were being developed for her.
227Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote a tribute to her entitled "Candle in the Wind". In 1997, it was re-recorded with updated lyrics in memory of Princess Diana.
228Went to Van Nuys High School (Los Angeles) in the early 1940s but never graduated.
229The first stamp released in the USPS's Legends of Hollywood series, issued on Friday, June 1st, 1995.
230Although it's believed that her mother, Gladys Baker, named her after Norma Talmadge, Gladys reportedly told her daughter, Bernice (Marilyn's half-sister), that she named Marilyn after Norma Jeane Cohen, a child she was Nanny to while living in Louisville, KY. while her son Robert Kermit Baker (Marilyn's half brother) was in Hospital, and estranged from the father Jasper Baker. The boy died, and Gladys returned to California.
231Offered to convert to Catholism in order to marry Joe DiMaggio in a Church ceremony, but she was turned down because she was divorced. Subsequently, when the divorced DiMaggio married Marilyn in a civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, he was automatically excommunicated by the Church; this edict was struck down by Pope John XXIII's Ecumenical Council (Vatican II) in 1962.
232Won an interlocutory decree from Joe DiMaggio on Wednesday, October 27th, 1954, but, under California law, the divorce was not finalized until exactly one year later.
233Married Arthur Miller twice: the 1st time in a civil ceremony, then in a Jewish (to which she had converted) ceremony two days later.
234On Thursday, February 23rd, 1956, she obtained order from the City Court of the State of New York to legally change her name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe.
235Wore glasses.
236Divorced last husband, Arthur Miller, in Juarez, Mexico.
237Divorced first husband, James Dougherty, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
238Suffered from endometriosis, a condition in which tissues of the uterus lining (endometrium) leave the uterus, attach themselves to other areas of the body, and grow, causing pain, irregular bleeding, and, in severe cases, infertility.
239Born on Tuesday at 9:30 AM, Pacific Standard Time, which is Los Angeles, California's time zone.
240The first time she signed an autograph as Marilyn Monroe, she had to ask how to spell it. She didn't know where to put the "i" in "Marilyn".
241Thought the right side of her face was her "best" side.
242She was suggested as a possible wife for Prince Rainier of Monaco. But he picked actress, Grace Kelly, to be his wife.
243Fearing blemishes and sweat, she washed her face fifteen times a day.
244Because the bathing suit she wore in the movie Love Nest (1951) was so risque (for the time period) and caused such a commotion on the set, director Joseph M. Newman had to make it a closed set when she was filming.
245Was an outstanding player on the Hollygrove Orphanage softball team.
246Often carried around the book, "The Biography of Abraham Lincoln."
247During the filming of Niagara (1953), she was still under contract as a stock actor, thus, she received less salary than her make-up man. This was also the only film in which her character died. The film was reworked to highlight her after Anne Bancroft withdrew.
248Frequently used Nivea moisturizer.
249Her first modeling job paid only five dollars.
250Redheaded actress Tina Louise played the character role of Ginger Grant on the television series Gilligan's Island (1964), was loosely based on her personality, but a different hair color.
251When putting her imprints at Grauman's she joked that Jane Russell was best known for her large front-side and she was known for her wiggly walk, so Jane could lean over, and she could sit in it. It was only a joke, but she dotted the "I" in her name with a rhinestone, which was stolen within days.
252Ex-husband Joe DiMaggio put fresh roses at her memorial site, for numerous years after her death.
253She was discovered dead at her home at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, California. She had a phone in one of her hands, her body was completely nude and face down, on her bed.
254Hugh M. Hefner owns the closest burial vault next to hers.
255Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#2).
256Hundreds of items of memorabilia auctioned off in late October 1999 by Christie's, with her infamous 'JFK' birthday-gown fetching over $1 million.
257Interred at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Corridor of Memories, crypt #24.
258Given a dog she named Tippy by foster father Albert Bolender. In her final, unfinished film Something's Got to Give (1962), the dog was also named Tippy.
259Appeared on the first cover of Playboy in 1953.
260Started using the name Marilyn Monroe in 1946, but did not legally change it until 1956.
261Was named the Number One Sex Star of the 20th Century by Playboy magazine in 1999.
262The licensing of Marilyn's name and likeness, handled world-wide by Curtis Management Group, reportedly nets the Monroe estate about $2 million a year.
263When she died in 1962 at age 36, she left an estate valued at $1.6 million. In her will, Monroe bequeathed 75% of that estate to Lee Strasberg, her acting coach, and 25% to Dr. Marianne Kris, her psychoanalyst. A trust fund provided her mother, Gladys Baker Eley, with $5,000 a year. When Dr. Kris died in 1980, she passed her 25% on to the Anna Freud Centre, a children's psychiatric institute in London. Since Strasberg's death in 1982, his 75% has been administered by his widow, Anna, and her lawyer, Irving Seidman.
264She was Playboy's first "Sweetheart of the Month" in December 1953.
265Voted Empire's (UK) "sexiest female movie star of all time" in 1995.
266Ranked #8 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
267Was roommates with Shelley Winters when they were both starting out in Hollywood.
268In her autobiography, "My Story", she recounted her guardian told her she was a direct descendant of James Monroe. Her mother's maiden name was Monroe, but there is no evidence she was a descendant of the U.S. President.
269Was 1947's Miss California Artichoke Queen.
270Voted 'Sexiest Woman of the Century' by People Magazine.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marilyn Monroe: Auction of a Lifetime2017Documentary performer: "Two Little Girls from Little Rock", "That Old Black Magic", "I'm Thru with Love" - uncredited
Good Morning Britain2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ochéntame... otra vez2015TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
My Granny the Escort2014TV Movie documentary performer: "I'm Thru with Love" - uncredited
Love, Marilyn2012Documentary performer: "I Wanna Be Loved by You", "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend", "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It", "I'm Gonna File My Claim"
Gent de paraula2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shooting the Hollywood Stars2011TV Movie documentary performer: "Some Like It Hot" - uncredited
Burlesque2010/Iperformer: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend Swing Cats Mix"
Willkommen Österreich2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dzi Croquettes2009Documentary performer: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"
Dancing with the StarsTV Series 2 episodes, 2005 - 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2009
Game Boys2008performer: "I Wanna Be Loved By You"
Mad Men2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vita da Star: Cristiano Malgioglio2008TV Movie documentary performer: "I Wanna Be Loved By You"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentary performer: "A Little Girl from Little Rock" - uncredited
Nip/Tuck2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hoge bomen: Pioniers2007TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
La imagen de tu vida2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Comeback2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Queer as Folk2002-2004TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast1999-2004TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Hårde drenge danser ikke2001Documentary performer: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days2001TV Movie documentary performer: "Happy Birthday to You"
Lukas2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Zwei Männer am Herd1999-2001TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Town & Country2001performer: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" 1953
Russian Doll2001performer: "Kiss"
Zwei Männer am Herd1999TV Movie performer: "I Wanna Be Loved By You" - uncredited
Little Voice1998performer: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy"
Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults1997TV Movie documentary performer: "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It", "Heat Wave" - uncredited
Florida Lady1994TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Kennedy Years: JFK Remembered1993Documentary short performer: "I Wanna Be Loved by You"
Aqui na Terra1993performer: "I WANT BE LOVED BY YOU"
Die Hausmeisterin1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Guilty by Suspicion1991performer: "BYE, BYE BABY", "DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND"
Heavy Petting1989Documentary performer: "Old Black Magic"
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987Documentary performer: "Happy Birthday to You" 1893, "Kiss" 1953, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" 1953, "The River of No Return" 1954, "That Old Black Magic" 1942 - uncredited
Der Andro-Jäger1983TV Series performer - 1 episode
Remember When...1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
Raging Bull1980performer: "Bye, Bye Baby" 1953
And Now My Love1974performer: "Bye Bye Baby"
Handicap1968Short performer: "I'm Just A Little Girl From Little Rock"
The Legend of Marilyn Monroe1966Documentary performer: "I Wanna Be Loved by You" 1928, "Happy Birthday", "Thanks for the Memory" - uncredited
The Love Goddesses1965Documentary performer: "I Wanna be Loved by You"
President Kennedy's Birthday Salute1962TV Movie performer: "Happy Birthday To You"
Let's Make Love1960"INCURABLY ROMANTIC" / performer: "LET'S MAKE LOVE", "SPECIALIZATION", "INCURABLY ROMANTIC", "MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY"
Some Like It Hot1959performer: "Runnin' Wild" 1922, "Sugar Blues" 1920, "I Wanna Be Loved by You" 1928, "I'm Thru with Love" 1931, "Some Like It Hot" 1958, "Sugar Blues - Runnin' Wild" - uncredited
The Prince and the Showgirl1957performer: "I Found a Dream" - uncredited
Bus Stop1956performer: "That Old Black Magic" 1942 - uncredited
The Seven Year Itch1955performer: "Chopsticks" 1877 - uncredited
There's No Business Like Show Business1954performer: "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It", "Heat Wave", "A Man Chases a Girl Until She Catches Him", "Lazy" - uncredited
River of No Return1954performer: "River of No Return", "I'm Gonna File My Claim", "One Silver Dollar", "Down in the Meadow" - uncredited
The Jack Benny Program1953TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes1953performer: "When Love Goes Wrong" 1953, "A Little Girl from Little Rock" 1949 uncredited, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" 1949 uncredited, "Bye Bye Baby" 1949 uncredited
Niagara1953performer: "Kiss" - uncredited
A Ticket to Tomahawk1950performer: "Oh, What a Forward Young Man You Are" - uncredited
Ladies of the Chorus1948performer: "Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy", "Anyone Can Tell I Love You", "The Ladies of the Chorus"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monkey Business1952Miss Lois Laurel
O. Henry's Full House1952Streetwalker (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Don't Bother to Knock1952Nell Forbes
We're Not Married!1952Annabel Jones Norris
Clash by Night1952Peggy
Let's Make It Legal1951Joyce Mannering
Love Nest1951Roberta 'Bobbie' Stevens
As Young as You Feel1951Harriet
Home Town Story1951Iris Martin
All About Eve1950Miss Casswell
The Fireball1950Polly
Right Cross1950Dusky Ledoux (uncredited)
The Asphalt Jungle1950Angela Phinlay
A Ticket to Tomahawk1950Clara (uncredited)
Love Happy1949Grunion's Client
Ladies of the Chorus1948Peggy Martin
Green Grass of Wyoming1948Extra at Square Dance (uncredited)
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!1948Betty (uncredited)
You Were Meant for Me1948Undetermined Minor Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Dangerous Years1947Evie - Waitress at the Gopher Hole
Something's Got to Give1962ShortEllen Arden
The Misfits1961Roslyn Taber
Let's Make Love1960Amanda Dell
Some Like It Hot1959Sugar Kane Kowalczyk
The Prince and the Showgirl1957Elsie
Bus Stop1956Chérie
The Seven Year Itch1955The Girl
There's No Business Like Show Business1954Vicky Parker
River of No Return1954Kay Weston
How to Marry a Millionaire1953Pola Debevoise
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes1953Lorelei Lee
Niagara1953Rose Loomis
The Jack Benny Program1952TV SeriesMarilyn Monroe

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bloodmoon2015Short excerpts from "Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters"
Love, Marilyn2012Documentary personal papers

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Prince and the Showgirl1957executive producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ryan & Ruby2014TV Series short thanks for the inspiration - 10 episodes
That's Life!! Kilorenzos Smith in Talks...2013TV Series documentary very special thanks - 1 episode
13 Steps2011Short in memory of
The Opening2009Short grateful acknowledgment
That Man: Peter Berlin2005Documentary heavenly thanks
S1m0ne2002Simone wishes to thank the following for their contribution to the making of Simone
Something's Got to Give1962Short dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
President Kennedy's Birthday Salute1962TV MovieHerself
Premier Khrushchev in the USA1959DocumentaryHerself
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHerself
The Bob Hope Show1954TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Benny Program1953TV SeriesHerself
Olympic Fund Telethon1952TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lykke og krone1962DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHerself / Narrator
The Ed Sullivan Show1954-1961TV SeriesHerself / Roslyn Taber
Zwischen Glück und Krone1959DocumentaryHerself
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHerself
What Ever Happened to Norma Jeane?2018Documentary filmingHerself
Marilyn Monroe: Murder on Fifth Helena Drive2017Documentary filmingHerself
The Fabulous Allan Carr2017DocumentaryHerself
Marilyn Monroe: Auction of a Lifetime2017DocumentaryHerself
The Craig Caddell Show2017TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Die Öscars2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Good Morning Britain2016TV SeriesHerself
Bailando por un sueño2016TV SeriesHerself
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone2016DocumentaryThe Girl
Before the Flood2016DocumentaryHerself
Dear Eleanor2016Herself
Yves Montand, l'ombre au tableau2016TV Movie documentaryHerself
Our Queen at Ninety2016TV Movie documentaryHerself
Enas Kouklos Den Fernei tin Anoixi!!2015ShortHerself - Various
Le Pan prima della Pan2015
Pinewood: 80 Years of Movie Magic2015TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Insider2015TV SeriesHerself
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of2015TV SeriesHerself
Le Fossoyeur de Films2015TV Mini-Series documentary
The Drunken Peasants2014TV SeriesHerself
2nd Indie Fest of YouTube Videos 20142014TV MovieHerself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014TV SeriesHerself
Troldspejlet2014TV SeriesHerself (segment "Legetøjszonen")
The O'Reilly Factor2008-2014TV SeriesHerself (segment "Watters' World") / Herself / Various Roles
From Gold to Containers, from Salt to Empires2014VideoHerself
That's Life!! Kilorenzos Smith in Talks...2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Khrushchev Does America2013DocumentaryHerself
#Yaprava2013TV SeriesHerself
Arena2012TV Series documentary
The Untold History of the United States2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Movie Star
Sendung ohne Namen2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Love, Marilyn2012DocumentaryHerself
Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars2012TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV SeriesSugar Kane / Herself
Smash2012TV SeriesHerself
Le secret de la Dernière Malle de Marilyn2012DocumentaryHerself
Marilyn Monroe: In the Movies2012Video documentary
Playboy Plus2012TV SeriesHerself
King Kennedy2011DocumentaryHerself
Marilyn Is Dead2011Short
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom2011DocumentaryHerself
Marlon Brando tuli Suomeen2011TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Ivo Livi, dit Yves Montand2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Un jour, un destin2008-2011TV Series documentaryHerself / Various roles
Bert Stern: Original Madman2011DocumentaryHerself
Love Lust2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Kennedys' Home Movies2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Shooting the Hollywood Stars2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
My Week with Marilyn: The Untold Story of an American Icon2011Video documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Stars of the Silver Screen2011TV SeriesMiss Casswell / Roslyn Taber / Herself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Kennedy Detail2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff2010DocumentaryHerself
Marilyn Monroe - Ich möchte geliebt werden2010DocumentaryHerself
Marilyn Monroe - Tod einer Ikone2010DocumentaryHerself
Burlesque Undressed2010DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Smash His Camera2010DocumentaryHerself
50 años de2009TV SeriesHerself
Mystères d'archives2009TV Series documentary shortHerself
Hannity2009TV SeriesHerself
20 to 12006-2009TV Series documentaryHerself / The Girl
WWE Tribute for the Troops2008TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence2008TV SeriesRoslyn Taber in 'The Misfits'
Biography1994-2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Marilyn, dernières séances2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
La rabbia di Pasolini2008DocumentaryHerself
Vita da Star: Cristiano Malgioglio2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Elvis: Return to Tupelo2008Video documentaryHerself
Il était une fois...2008TV Series documentaryHerself
The Jill & Tony Curtis Story2008DocumentaryRoslyn Taber
Spisok korabley2008DocumentaryKay Weston
Waiting for Hockney2008DocumentaryHerself
The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice2008DocumentaryHerself
Bigger Stronger Faster*2008DocumentaryHerself
20 heures le journal2007TV SeriesHerself
Man Made: Secret History of the Bra2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Crude: The Incredible Journey of Oil2007DocumentaryUnion Oil Commercial (uncredited)
Undercover History2007TV SeriesHerself
Switch: Reloaded2007TV SeriesHerself
Protagonistas del recuerdo2006-2007TV SeriesHerself
On n'est pas couché2006TV SeriesHerself
Revealed2006TV Series documentaryHerself
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHerself
University Challenge: The Story So Far2006TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story1998-2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHerself
American Masters2003-2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Billy Wilder Speaks2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Niagara Falls2006TV Movie documentaryRose Loomis
¿De qué te ríes?2006TV MovieThe Girl
The Early Show2006TV SeriesHerself
La mandrágora2006TV SeriesHerself
Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Elton John: The Red Piano2005TV Special documentaryFootage 'Candle in the Wind'
Private Screenings2005TV SeriesHerself
The World's Most Photographed2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Cuando España se desnudó2005TV Movie documentary
James Dean: Forever Young2005DocumentaryHerself
Bettie Page: The Girl in the Leopard Print Bikini2004Video documentaryHerself
Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates2004Video documentaryHerself
Marilyn's Man2004DocumentaryHerself
The Prince, the Showgirl and Me2004TV Movie documentary
Victoria Wood's Big Fat Documentary2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Naughty Bits2004TV SeriesHerself
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The People's Hollywood2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2003TV SeriesHerself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHerself
Save Our History2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The Greatest2003TV Series documentaryHerself
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Blond in Hollywood2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Ripley's Believe It or Not!2003TV SeriesHerself
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Larry King Live2002TV SeriesThe Girl / Pola Debevoise / Cherie
Great Performances2002TV SeriesHerself
The Biographer2002TV MovieHerself
Marilyn on Marilyn2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Modern Marvels1999-2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love2001TV Movie documentary
Legenden2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Memories from the Sweet Sue's2001Video shortSugar Kane
Backstory2000-2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryLorelei Lee
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis2000TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHerself
The Final Day2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
E! Mysteries & Scandals2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Joe DiMaggio: The Final Chapter2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy: The Complete Anna Nicole Smith2000Video documentaryHerself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Special documentaryHerself
Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl1999TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 11999TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 21999TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Rat Pack1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Fox Studios Australia: The Grand Opening1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
CNN NewsStand1999TV SeriesHerself
Pop 2000: 50 Jahre Popmusik und Jugendkultur in Deutschland1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Playboy: Playmate Pajama Party1999Video documentaryHerself
PBS NewsHour1999TV SeriesHerself
Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras1998TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Die kranken Schwestern1998TV SeriesHerself
Marilyn in Manhattan1998TV MovieHerself
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dangerous World: The Kennedy Years1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Fifties1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself (with GIs in Korea) (uncredited)
L.A. Confidential1997Herself (uncredited)
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life1997DocumentaryHerself - Visits Korea (uncredited)
Intimate Portrait1996TV Series documentaryHerself
The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful1996TV Special documentaryHerself
Legends of Entertainment Video1995Video documentaryHerself
Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie1995Video documentaryHerself
The Casting Couch1995Video documentary
Things That Aren't Here Anymore1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'The Asphalt Jungle' (uncredited)
Imágenes prohibidas1994TV Series documentaryAmanda Dell
Fame in the Twentieth Century1993TV Series documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Death Scenes 21992Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Playboy Playmates: The Early Years1992Video documentaryHerself
The Marilyn Files1992TV MovieHerself
Marilyn: The Last Interview1992TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hard Copy1992TV SeriesHerself
Gesichter Des Todes VII1992Video documentary short
Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star1991DocumentaryActress 'River of No Return' (uncredited)
Marilyn: Something's Got to Give1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Death in Hollywood1990Video documentaryHerself
Hotels1990TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths1990Video documentaryHerself
Phil Collins: I Wish It Would Rain Down1990Video shortHerself
11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried1989TV Movie documentaryHerself (in Korea) (uncredited)
Inside Edition1989TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Remembers Marilyn Monroe1989Video documentary shortHerself
Two Tragic Blondes1989Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Sex Symbols1988Video documentary short
The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones1988Video documentaryHerself
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick1988DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood Uncensored1987DocumentaryHerself
Remembering Marilyn1987DocumentaryHerself
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987DocumentaryHerself
Arsenal1987TV Series
The Family1987Herself (uncredited)
Women in Rock1986Video documentaryHerself
Baby Love1986TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
Volunteers1985Herself (uncredited)
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHerself
Say Goodbye to the President1985TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Moviemakers1985TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood's Private Home Movies1983TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActress - 'Some Like It Hot' (uncredited)
The Comoedia1981Herself
Sixty Years of Seduction1981TV Movie documentary
In Search of...1981TV Series documentaryHerself
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHerself
Arthur Miller on Home Ground1979TV Movie documentary
Ken Murray Shooting Stars1979DocumentaryHerself
Good Old Days Part II1978TV SpecialHerself
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1973TV SeriesEllen Arden from unfinished film SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE / Lorelei Lee from film GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
Marilyn Times Five1973ShortPerformer, bye bye baby
Hollywood Babylon1972Herself (uncredited)
Tatsachen über Legenden1971TV Series documentaryHerself
I due Kennedy1969DocumentaryHerself
ABC Stage 671966TV SeriesHerself
The Legend of Marilyn Monroe1966DocumentaryHerself
Film Preview1966TV SeriesChérie
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHerself
Marilyn1963DocumentaryHerself
La rabbia1963DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Die Reporter der Windrose berichten1963TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Fabulous Era1962TV Movie documentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1962Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Female
1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - Musical/ComedySome Like It Hot (1959)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6778 Hollywood Blvd.
1958Golden PlateDavid di Donatello AwardsThe Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
1954Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Female
1953Most Popular Female StarPhotoplay Awards
1952Special AwardPhotoplay Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star10th place.
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star10th place.
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star6th place.
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star6th place.
1958BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressThe Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star14th place.
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Comedy PerformanceThe Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - Comedy/MusicalBus Stop (1956)
1956BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressThe Seven Year Itch (1955)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Comedy PerformanceSome Like It Hot (1959)

TitleSalary
Something's Got to Give (1962)$100 -500K
The Misfits (1961)$300,000
Some Like It Hot (1959)$300,000 + 10% gross over $4,000,000
Bus Stop (1956)$100,000 +500/week expenses
Bus Stop (1956)$100,000 + $500/week expenses
The Seven Year Itch (1955)$1,500 /wk
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)$1,000 /wk
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)$1,250 /wk
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)$18,000
We're Not Married! (1952)$750 /wk
Clash by Night (1952)$500 /week
Clash by Night (1952)$500 / wk
All About Eve (1950)$500 /wk, 1-wk guarantee
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)$1,050
Love Happy (1949)$100
Ladies of the Chorus (1948)$125 /week
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)$75 /week
Dangerous Years (1947)$75 /week
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)$75 /week
Something's Got to Give (1962)$100 -500K
The Misfits (1961)$300,000
Some Like It Hot (1959)$300,000 + 10% gross over $4,000,000
Bus Stop (1956)$100,000 +500/week expenses
Bus Stop (1956)$100,000 + $500/week expenses
The Seven Year Itch (1955)$1,500 /wk
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)$1,000 /wk
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)$1,250 /wk
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)$18,000
We're Not Married! (1952)$750 /wk
Clash by Night (1952)$500 /week
Clash by Night (1952)$500 / wk
All About Eve (1950)$500 /wk, 1-wk guarantee
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)$1,050
Love Happy (1949)$100
Ladies of the Chorus (1948)$125 /week
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)$75 /week
Dangerous Years (1947)$75 /week
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)$75 /week

#Quote
1To everyone who thinks they're ugly because they're not a size 0, you're the beautiful one and it's society that's ugly.
2Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
3The public doesn't mind people living together without being married, providing they don't overdo it.
4Men who think that a woman's past love affairs lessen her love for them are stupid. A woman can bring a new love to each man that she loves, providing that there are not too many.
5I want the world to see my body.
6I have always felt comfortable in blue jeans. I have found it interesting, however, that people also whistle at blue jeans. I have to admit that I like mine to fit. There's nothing I hate worse than baggy blue jeans.
7Let yourself go, the pleasure of physical movement is so important. If that's a problem, you say to yourself, what is there that I am afraid of, or hiding? Maybe your libido!
8Fame is like caviar. It's good to have caviar, but not every damned day!
9Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you're a human being, you feel, you suffer.
10There is nothing positive about being fat. And there is nothing positive about loving yourself. We all need to conform to society's expectations of who we are and if we don't, who will? Life is more enjoyable when you are thin and pretty. I was never fat a day in my life and I never will.
11For the first family I lived with, to go to a movie was a sin. Every night I was told to pray that I would not wake up in hell.
12People had a habit of looking at me like I was some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn't see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.
13I'm for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It's really tragic.
14We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it's a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift.
15Who said nights were for sleep?
16I remember when I got the part in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Jane Russell, she was the brunette in it and I was the blonde. She got $200,000 for it, and I got my $500 a week, but that to me was, you know, considerable. She, by the way, was quite wonderful to me. The only thing was I couldn't get a dressing room. I said, finally, I really got to this kind of level, I said, "Look, after all, I am the blonde, and it is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes!" Because still they always kept saying, "Remember, you're not a star." I said, "Well, whatever I am, I am the blonde!"
17When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them.
18I sleep in the nude but I pull the sheets up.
19I think that sexuality is only attractive when it's natural and spontaneous.
20It might be kind of a relief to be finished. It's sort of like you don't know what kind of a yard dash you're running, but then you're at the finish line and you sort of sigh - you've made it! But you never have. You have to start all over again.
21[why she converted to Judaism] I believe in everything a little, and if I have kids, I think they should be Jewish. Anyway, I can identify with the Jews. Everybody's out to get them no matter what they do.
22Drugs pull you down and shut the lid on life. Pot opens everything up. All the anxieties, the creepy crawly blues, it all just drifts away and you can slowly remember what it feels like to be alive. Even more importantly, you can take a step back from the crap that's flying and see what really is important, which of the many things in your life really deserves worrying about. Not much!
23Nearly everyone I knew talked to me about God. They always warned me not to offend Him.
24I have favorite motion-picture stars, like everyone else. You know who mine are? My favorite is Marlon Brando. I mean, really, I believe we'd be an interesting combination. I've said that about Marlon for a long time, but we haven't found the right story. Can you imagine us on the big screen? I hope something happens soon. Greta Garbo, I've never met her. It really bugs me when I miss one of her films on TV. Oh, if you could only get me to meet her! I've also heard wonderful things about Jeanne Eagels and Laurette Taylor. And the one they called the Blond Bombshell: Jean Harlow. Kay Kendall was a great comedian. She was really talented. I would have loved working with Gerard Philipe, the handsome French star- his films I've been told were a huge success in France, as were his stage plays. I was told he wanted to make films with me. Oh, what a shame we never got the opportunity. We would have made an interesting team. What a shame. He was so young to die; he was thirty-six. He had been ill and apparently died of a heart attack.
25People always ask me if I believe diamonds are a girl's best friend. Frankly, I don't.
26What the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.
27As long as I can remember, I've always loved people.
28[on homosexuality] No sex is wrong if there's love involved.
29Executives can get colds and stay home and phone in - but the actor? How dare you get a cold or a virus! I wish they had to act a comedy with a temperature and a virus infection! I'm there to give a performance, not to be disciplined by a studio. This isn't supposed to be a military school, after all.
30How or why I can act - and I'm not sure I can - is the thing for me to understand. The torture, let alone the day to day happenings - the pain one cannot explain to another.
31The other girls rode to school in a bus. I had no nickel to pay for the ride. Rain or shine, I walked the two miles from my "aunt's" home to the school. I hated the walk, I hated the school. I had no friends. The pupils seldom talked to me and never wanted me in their games. Nobody ever walked home with me or invited me to visit their homes. This was partly because I came from the poor part of the district where all the Mexicans and Japanese lived. It was also because I couldn't smile at anyone.
32Suicide is a person's privilege. I don't believe it's a sin or a crime, it's your right if you do. Though it doesn't get you anywhere.
33When you're young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you're laughing again.
34I've often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.
35[on shooting the famous scene in The Seven Year Itch (1955) where wind from the subway beneath blows her skirt up] At first it was all innocent and fun, but when Billy Wilder kept shooting the scene over and over the crowd of men kept on applauding and shouting, 'More, more Marilyn - let's see more.' What was supposed to be a fun scene turned into a sex scene.
36Boys think girls are like books, If the cover doesn't catch their eye they won't bother to read what's inside.
37I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.
38I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.
39I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
40I love to do things that censors won't pass.
41The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.
42I won't be satisfied until people want to hear me sing without looking at me.
43[on Arthur Miller's script for 'The Misfits'] Arthur did this to me. He could have written anything and he comes up with this. If that's what he thinks of me, well, then I'm not for him and he's not for me. Arthur says it's his movie. I don't think he even wants me in it.
44I did what they said and all it got me was a lot of abuse. Everyone's just laughing at me. I hate it. Big breasts, big ass, big deal.
45It was the creative part that kept me going, trying to be an actress. I enjoy acting when you really hit it right.
46It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.
47Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you $50,000 for a kiss and 50c for your soul.
48[on Peter Lawford] I have a need to be frightened and nothing really in my personal relationships and dealings lately have been frightening me, except for him. I felt very uneasy at different times with him, the real reason I was afraid of him is because I believe him to be homosexual...Peter wants to be a woman and would like to be me, I think.
49I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone's wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.
50Arthur Miller wouldn't have married me if I had been nothing but a dumb blonde.
51[on Marlon Brando] He's very sweet and tender, not at all the Stanley Kowalski rapist people think he is.
52[on Sunday being the loneliest day of the week for her] All the men I know are spending the day with their wives and families, and all the stores in Los Angeles are closed. You can't wander through looking at all the pretty clothes and pretending to buy something.
53[on John F. Kennedy] When he has finished his achievements, he will take his place with Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and [Franklin D. Roosevelt] as one of our greatest Presidents. I'm glad he has [Robert F. Kennedy]. It's like the Navy. The President is the Captain and Bobby is his Executive Officer. Bobby would do absolutely anything for his brother. And so would I. I'll never embarrass him. As long as I have memory, I have John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
54[on James Joyce and the character of Molly Bloom in Ulysses] Here is Joyce writing what a woman thinks to herself. Can he, does he really know her innermost thoughts? But after I read the whole book, I could better understand that Joyce is an artist who could penetrate the souls of people, male or female. It really doesn't matter that Joyce doesn't have...or never felt a menstrual cramp. To me Leopold Bloom is a central character. He is the despised Irish Jew, married to an Irish Catholic woman. It is through them Joyce develops much of what he wants to say. Do you agree that the scene where Bloom is looking at the little girl on the swing is the most erotic in the book?
55[on Sigmund Freud] I read his "Introductory Lectures," God, what a genius. He makes it so understandable. And he is so right. Didn't he say himself that [William Shakespeare] and [Fyodor Dostoevsky] had a better understanding of psychology than all the scientists put together? Damn it, they do.
56When Clark Gable died, I cried for 2 days straight. I couldn't eat or sleep.
57[on Laurence Olivier on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)] Olivier came into my dressing room to give me hell for screwing up. I soothed him by telling him I thought his Hamlet (1948) was one of the greatest films ever made. You know he won an Oscar for it.
58Speaking of Oscars, I would win overwhelmingly if the Academy gave an Oscar for faking orgasms. I have done some of my best acting convincing my partners I was in the throes of ecstasy.
59[on Mae West] A nice lady even though she turned down making a picture with me. That just shows how smart she is.
60[on Frank Sinatra] He is a man at the top of his profession and is a fine actor as well. You know, he got an Oscar for From Here to Eternity (1953). He has helped more people anonymously than anybody else. And the miserable press smears him with lies about his being involved with the Mafia and gangsters. And Frank just takes it.
61Personally, I react to Marlon Brando. He's a favorite of mine.
62[on Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift] Marlon's kinda hard to tie down, they say. He's never sure what he wants to do. He and Monty Clift have a lot in common, though they're totally different people, but they don't plan their careers too well and they're not ambitious enough for their talents.
63I've never liked the name Marilyn. I've often wished that I had held out that day for Jean Monroe. But I guess it's too late to do anything about it now.
64[about Montgomery Clift] He's the only person I know that is in worse shape than I am.
65I want to be an artist... not an erotic freak. I don't want to be sold to the public as a celluloid aphrodisiacal.
66Talent is developed in privacy... but everybody is always tugging at you. They'd all like sort of a chunk at you. They'd kind of like to take pieces out of you.
67I restore myself when I'm alone. A career is born in public -- talent in private.
68[on John F. Kennedy] It would be so nice to have a president who looks so young and good-looking.
69I've never dropped anyone I believed in.
70I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity.
71[Johann Wolfgang von Goethe] said, "Talent is developed in privacy", you know? And it's really true. There is a need for aloneness which I don't think most people realize for an actor. It's almost having certain kinds of secrets for yourself that you'll let the whole world in on only for a moment, when you're acting.
72[on stardom] It scares me. All those people I don't know, sometimes they're so emotional. I mean, if they love you that much without knowing you, they can also hate you the same way.
73I used to say to myself, "What the devil have you got to be proud about, Marilyn Monroe?" And I'd answer, "Everything, everything".
74The trouble with censors is they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn't any.
75I used to think as I looked at the Hollywood night, "There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest."
76Wouldn't it be nice to be like men and get notches in your belt and sleep with most attractive men and not get emotionally involved?
77You know, when you grow up you can get kind of sour, I mean, that's the way it can go.
78I was never used to being happy, so that wasn't something I ever took for granted. I did sort of think, you know, marriage did that. You see, I was brought up differently from the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy - that's it, successful, happy, and on time.
79Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don't expect me to be serious about my work.
80There was my name up in lights. I said, "God, somebody's made a mistake!" But there it was in lights. And I sat there and said, "Remember, you're not a star". Yet there it was up in lights.
81An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument. Isaac Stern takes good care of his violin. What if everyone jumped on his violin?
82[on her famous nude calendar pose in 1949] My sin has been no more than I have written, posing for the nude because I desperately needed 50 dollars to get my car out of hock.
83If I play a stupid girl, and ask a stupid question, I've got to follow it through. What am I supposed to do, look intelligent?
84My illusions didn't have anything to do with being a fine actress. I knew how third rate I was. I could actually feel my lack of talent, as if it were cheap clothes I was wearing inside. But my God, how I wanted to learn, to change, to improve!
85Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has it's compensations but it also has it's drawbacks, and I've experienced them both.
86It 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, you know, of any kind of nature - and it won't hurt your feelings.
87I'm a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me, because of the image they've made of me and that I've made of myself, as a sex symbol. Men expect so much, and I can't live up to it.
88It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone.
89I want to grow old without face-lifts... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face that I have made.
90If I had observed all the rules, I'd never have gotten anywhere.
91To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I'm working on the foundation.
92The truth is I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't. When they found this out, they would blame me for disillusioning them---and fooling them.
93A sex-symbol becomes a thing, I just hate being a thing. But if I'm going to be a symbol of something I'd rather have it sex than some other things we've got symbols of.
94People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn't see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.
95I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I never had belonged to anything or anyone else.
96Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, Fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle.
97Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.
98Dogs never bite me. Just humans.
99In Hollywood a girl's virtue is much less important than her hairdo. You're judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty.
100No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't.
101I've been on a calendar, but never on time.
102A dollar for your thoughts...
103Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die, young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know yourself...
104A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.
105I'm not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful.
106[on her early marriage to James Dougherty] Grace McKee arranged the marriage for me, I never had a choice. There's not much to say about it. They couldn't support me, and they had to work out something. And so I got married.
107[on drifting in and out of orphanages when she was little] The world around me then was kind of grim. I had to learn to pretend in order to - I don't know - block the grimness. The whole world seemed sort of closed to me . . . [I felt] on the outside of everything, and all I could do was to dream up any kind of pretend game.
108[on her favorite actress] Jean Harlow was my idol.
109I want to be a big star more than anything. It's something precious.
110[on why her marriage to Joe DiMaggio didn't work] I didn't want to give up my career, and that's what Joe wanted me to do most of all.
111[on why she divorced James Dougherty] My marriage didn't make me sad, but it didn't make me happy either. My husband and I hardly spoke to each other. This wasn't because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom.
112[on why Joe DiMaggio didn't accompany her on one of her USO tours] Joe hates crowds and glamor.
113[on meeting Joe DiMaggio for the first time] I was surprised to be so crazy about Joe. I expected a flashy New York sports type, and instead I met this reserved guy who didn't make a pass at me right away! He treated me like something special. Joe is a very decent man, and he makes other people feel decent, too.
114[on living with the Bolenders when she was a little girl] They were terribly strict. They didn't mean any harm . . . it was their religion. They brought me up harshly.
115My problem is that I drive myself... I'm trying to become an artist, and to be true, and sometimes I feel I'm on the verge of craziness, I'm just trying to get the truest part of myself out, and it's very hard. There are times when I think, 'All I have to be is true'. But sometimes it doesn't come out so easily. I always have this secret feeling that I'm really a fake or something, a phony.
116I love a natural look in pictures. I like people with a feeling one way or another - it shows an inner life. I like to see that there's something going on inside them.
117The public doesn't mind people living together without being married, providing they don't overdo it.
118Men who think that a woman's past love affairs lessen her love for them are stupid. A woman can bring a new love to each man that she loves, providing that there are not too many.
119I want the world to see my body.
120I have always felt comfortable in blue jeans. I have found it interesting, however, that people also whistle at blue jeans. I have to admit that I like mine to fit. There's nothing I hate worse than baggy blue jeans.
121Let yourself go, the pleasure of physical movement is so important. If that's a problem, you say to yourself, what is there that I am afraid of, or hiding? Maybe your libido!
122Fame is like caviar. It's good to have caviar, but not every damned day!
123Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you're a human being, you feel, you suffer.
124There is nothing positive about being fat. And there is nothing positive about loving yourself. We all need to conform to society's expectations of who we are and if we don't, who will? Life is more enjoyable when you are thin and pretty. I was never fat a day in my life and I never will.
125People had a habit of looking at me like I was some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn't see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.
126I'm for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It's really tragic.
127We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it's a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift.
128Who said nights were for sleep?
129I remember when I got the part in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Jane Russell, she was the brunette in it and I was the blonde. She got $200,000 for it, and I got my $500 a week, but that to me was, you know, considerable. She, by the way, was quite wonderful to me. The only thing was I couldn't get a dressing room. I said, finally, I really got to this kind of level, I said, "Look, after all, I am the blonde, and it is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes!" Because still they always kept saying, "Remember, you're not a star." I said, "Well, whatever I am, I am the blonde!"
130When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them.
131I sleep in the nude but I pull the sheets up.
132I think that sexuality is only attractive when it's natural and spontaneous.
133It might be kind of a relief to be finished. It's sort of like you don't know what kind of a yard dash you're running, but then you're at the finish line and you sort of sigh - you've made it! But you never have. You have to start all over again.
134[why she converted to Judaism] I believe in everything a little, and if I have kids, I think they should be Jewish. Anyway, I can identify with the Jews. Everybody's out to get them no matter what they do.
135Drugs pull you down and shut the lid on life. Pot opens everything up. All the anxieties, the creepy crawly blues, it all just drifts away and you can slowly remember what it feels like to be alive. Even more importantly, you can take a step back from the crap that's flying and see what really is important, which of the many things in your life really deserves worrying about. Not much!
136Nearly everyone I knew talked to me about God. They always warned me not to offend Him.
137I have favorite motion-picture stars, like everyone else. You know who mine are? My favorite is Marlon Brando. I mean, really, I believe we'd be an interesting combination. I've said that about Marlon for a long time, but we haven't found the right story. Can you imagine us on the big screen? I hope something happens soon. Greta Garbo, I've never met her. It really bugs me when I miss one of her films on TV. Oh, if you could only get me to meet her! I've also heard wonderful things about Jeanne Eagels and Laurette Taylor. And the one they called the Blond Bombshell: Jean Harlow. Kay Kendall was a great comedian. She was really talented. I would have loved working with Gerard Philipe, the handsome French star- his films I've been told were a huge success in France, as were his stage plays. I was told he wanted to make films with me. Oh, what a shame we never got the opportunity. We would have made an interesting team. What a shame. He was so young to die; he was thirty-six. He had been ill and apparently died of a heart attack.
138People always ask me if I believe diamonds are a girl's best friend. Frankly, I don't.
139What the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.
140As long as I can remember, I've always loved people.
141[on homosexuality] No sex is wrong if there's love involved.
142Executives can get colds and stay home and phone in - but the actor? How dare you get a cold or a virus! I wish they had to act a comedy with a temperature and a virus infection! I'm there to give a performance, not to be disciplined by a studio. This isn't supposed to be a military school, after all.
143How or why I can act - and I'm not sure I can - is the thing for me to understand. The torture, let alone the day to day happenings - the pain one cannot explain to another.
144The other girls rode to school in a bus. I had no nickel to pay for the ride. Rain or shine, I walked the two miles from my "aunt's" home to the school. I hated the walk, I hated the school. I had no friends. The pupils seldom talked to me and never wanted me in their games. Nobody ever walked home with me or invited me to visit their homes. This was partly because I came from the poor part of the district where all the Mexicans and Japanese lived. It was also because I couldn't smile at anyone.
145Suicide is a person's privilege. I don't believe it's a sin or a crime, it's your right if you do. Though it doesn't get you anywhere.
146When you're young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you're laughing again.
147I've often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.
148[on shooting the famous scene in The Seven Year Itch (1955) where wind from the subway beneath blows her skirt up] At first it was all innocent and fun, but when Billy Wilder kept shooting the scene over and over the crowd of men kept on applauding and shouting, 'More, more Marilyn - let's see more.' What was supposed to be a fun scene turned into a sex scene.
149Boys think girls are like books, If the cover doesn't catch their eye they won't bother to read what's inside.
150I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.
151I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.
152I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
153I love to do things that censors won't pass.
154The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.
155I won't be satisfied until people want to hear me sing without looking at me.
156[on Arthur Miller's script for 'The Misfits'] Arthur did this to me. He could have written anything and he comes up with this. If that's what he thinks of me, well, then I'm not for him and he's not for me. Arthur says it's his movie. I don't think he even wants me in it.
157I did what they said and all it got me was a lot of abuse. Everyone's just laughing at me. I hate it. Big breasts, big ass, big deal.
158It was the creative part that kept me going, trying to be an actress. I enjoy acting when you really hit it right.
159It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.
160Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you $50,000 for a kiss and 50c for your soul.
161[on Peter Lawford] I have a need to be frightened and nothing really in my personal relationships and dealings lately have been frightening me, except for him. I felt very uneasy at different times with him, the real reason I was afraid of him is because I believe him to be homosexual...Peter wants to be a woman and would like to be me, I think.
162I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone's wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.
163Arthur Miller wouldn't have married me if I had been nothing but a dumb blonde.
164[on Marlon Brando] He's very sweet and tender, not at all the Stanley Kowalski rapist people think he is.
165[on Sunday being the loneliest day of the week for her] All the men I know are spending the day with their wives and families, and all the stores in Los Angeles are closed. You can't wander through looking at all the pretty clothes and pretending to buy something.
166[on John F. Kennedy] When he has finished his achievements, he will take his place with Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and [Franklin D. Roosevelt] as one of our greatest Presidents. I'm glad he has [Robert F. Kennedy]. It's like the Navy. The President is the Captain and Bobby is his Executive Officer. Bobby would do absolutely anything for his brother. And so would I. I'll never embarrass him. As long as I have memory, I have John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
167[on James Joyce and the character of Molly Bloom in Ulysses] Here is Joyce writing what a woman thinks to herself. Can he, does he really know her innermost thoughts? But after I read the whole book, I could better understand that Joyce is an artist who could penetrate the souls of people, male or female. It really doesn't matter that Joyce doesn't have...or never felt a menstrual cramp. To me Leopold Bloom is a central character. He is the despised Irish Jew, married to an Irish Catholic woman. It is through them Joyce develops much of what he wants to say. Do you agree that the scene where Bloom is looking at the little girl on the swing is the most erotic in the book?
168[on Sigmund Freud] I read his "Introductory Lectures," God, what a genius. He makes it so understandable. And he is so right. Didn't he say himself that [William Shakespeare] and [Fyodor Dostoevsky] had a better understanding of psychology than all the scientists put together? Damn it, they do.
169When Clark Gable died, I cried for 2 days straight. I couldn't eat or sleep.
170[on Laurence Olivier on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)] Olivier came into my dressing room to give me hell for screwing up. I soothed him by telling him I thought his Hamlet (1948) was one of the greatest films ever made. You know he won an Oscar for it.
171Speaking of Oscars, I would win overwhelmingly if the Academy gave an Oscar for faking orgasms. I have done some of my best acting convincing my partners I was in the throes of ecstasy.
172[on Mae West] A nice lady even though she turned down making a picture with me. That just shows how smart she is.
173[on Frank Sinatra] He is a man at the top of his profession and is a fine actor as well. You know, he got an Oscar for From Here to Eternity (1953). He has helped more people anonymously than anybody else. And the miserable press smears him with lies about his being involved with the Mafia and gangsters. And Frank just takes it.
174Personally, I react to Marlon Brando. He's a favorite of mine.
175[on Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift] Marlon's kinda hard to tie down, they say. He's never sure what he wants to do. He and Monty Clift have a lot in common, though they're totally different people, but they don't plan their careers too well and they're not ambitious enough for their talents.
176I've never liked the name Marilyn. I've often wished that I had held out that day for Jean Monroe. But I guess it's too late to do anything about it now.
177[about Montgomery Clift] He's the only person I know that is in worse shape than I am.
178I want to be an artist... not an erotic freak. I don't want to be sold to the public as a celluloid aphrodisiacal.
179Talent is developed in privacy... but everybody is always tugging at you. They'd all like sort of a chunk at you. They'd kind of like to take pieces out of you.
180I restore myself when I'm alone. A career is born in public -- talent in private.
181[on John F. Kennedy] It would be so nice to have a president who looks so young and good-looking.
182I've never dropped anyone I believed in.
183I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity.
184[Johann Wolfgang Goethe] said, "Talent is developed in privacy", you know? And it's really true. There is a need for aloneness which I don't think most people realize for an actor. It's almost having certain kinds of secrets for yourself that you'll let the whole world in on only for a moment, when you're acting.
185[on stardom] It scares me. All those people I don't know, sometimes they're so emotional. I mean, if they love you that much without knowing you, they can also hate you the same way.
186I used to say to myself, "What the devil have you got to be proud about, Marilyn Monroe?" And I'd answer, "Everything, everything".
187The trouble with censors is they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn't any.
188I used to think as I looked at the Hollywood night, "There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest."
189Wouldn't it be nice to be like men and get notches in your belt and sleep with most attractive men and not get emotionally involved?
190You know, when you grow up you can get kind of sour, I mean, that's the way it can go.
191I was never used to being happy, so that wasn't something I ever took for granted. I did sort of think, you know, marriage did that. You see, I was brought up differently from the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy - that's it, successful, happy, and on time.
192Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don't expect me to be serious about my work.
193There was my name up in lights. I said, "God, somebody's made a mistake!" But there it was in lights. And I sat there and said, "Remember, you're not a star". Yet there it was up in lights.
194An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument. Isaac Stern takes good care of his violin. What if everyone jumped on his violin?
195[on her famous nude calendar pose in 1949] My sin has been no more than I have written, posing for the nude because I desperately needed 50 dollars to get my car out of hock.
196If I play a stupid girl, and ask a stupid question, I've got to follow it through. What am I supposed to do, look intelligent?
197My illusions didn't have anything to do with being a fine actress. I knew how third rate I was. I could actually feel my lack of talent, as if it were cheap clothes I was wearing inside. But my God, how I wanted to learn, to change, to improve!
198Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has it's compensations but it also has it's drawbacks, and I've experienced them both.
199It 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, you know, of any kind of nature - and it won't hurt your feelings.
200I'm a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me, because of the image they've made of me and that I've made of myself, as a sex symbol. Men expect so much, and I can't live up to it.
201It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone.
202I want to grow old without face-lifts... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face that I have made.
203If I had observed all the rules, I'd never have gotten anywhere.
204To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I'm working on the foundation.
205The truth is I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't. When they found this out, they would blame me for disillusioning them---and fooling them.
206A sex-symbol becomes a thing, I just hate being a thing. But if I'm going to be a symbol of something I'd rather have it sex than some other things we've got symbols of.
207People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn't see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.
208I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I never had belonged to anything or anyone else.
209Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, Fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle.
210Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.
211Dogs never bite me. Just humans.
212In Hollywood a girl's virtue is much less important than her hairdo. You're judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty.
213No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't.
214I've been on a calendar, but never on time.
215A dollar for your thoughts...
216Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die, young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know yourself...
217A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night.
218I'm not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful.
219[on her early marriage to James Dougherty] Grace McKee arranged the marriage for me, I never had a choice. There's not much to say about it. They couldn't support me, and they had to work out something. And so I got married.
220[on drifting in and out of orphanages when she was little] The world around me then was kind of grim. I had to learn to pretend in order to - I don't know - block the grimness. The whole world seemed sort of closed to me . . . [I felt] on the outside of everything, and all I could do was to dream up any kind of pretend game.
221[on her favorite actress] Jean Harlow was my idol.
222I want to be a big star more than anything. It's something precious.
223[on why her marriage to Joe DiMaggio didn't work] I didn't want to give up my career, and that's what Joe wanted me to do most of all.
224[on why she divorced James Dougherty] My marriage didn't make me sad, but it didn't make me happy either. My husband and I hardly spoke to each other. This wasn't because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom.
225[on why Joe DiMaggio didn't accompany her on one of her USO tours] Joe hates crowds and glamor.
226[on meeting Joe DiMaggio for the first time] I was surprised to be so crazy about Joe. I expected a flashy New York sports type, and instead I met this reserved guy who didn't make a pass at me right away! He treated me like something special. Joe is a very decent man, and he makes other people feel decent, too.
227[on living with the Bolenders when she was a little girl] They were terribly strict. They didn't mean any harm . . . it was their religion. They brought me up harshly.
228My problem is that I drive myself... I'm trying to become an artist, and to be true, and sometimes I feel I'm on the verge of craziness, I'm just trying to get the truest part of myself out, and it's very hard. There are times when I think, 'All I have to be is true'. But sometimes it doesn't come out so easily. I always have this secret feeling that I'm really a fake or something, a phony.
229I love a natural look in pictures. I like people with a feeling one way or another - it shows an inner life. I like to see that there's something going on inside them.

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