I refuse to let articles appear in movie magazines signed ‘By Marilyn Monroe.’ I might never see that article and it might be okayed by somebody in the studio. This is wrong because when I was a little girl I read signed stories in fan magazines and I believed every word the stars said in them. Then I’d try to model my life after the lives of the stars I read about. If I’m going to have that kind of influence, I want to be sure it’s because of something I’ve actually read or written.
I’m learning to live in all kinds of directions. I’m beginning to look at things—you know? Really look. To find the real, inside center of me, and then to look out at the world in a new way. People…things. It makes you more tolerant to look. Tolerance is one of the most important things in the world—you know? I’m learning so much. I’m, well, doing and thinking different things. For instance, I’m not afraid to be afraid anymore.
When my emotions kick me on the inside and the world kicks me on the outside, where do I go from there?
Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn and Me
I feel like I’m rejecting part of myself, that I’m letting part of me die, like a dead branch that gets no chance to grow and develop.
Marilyn Monroe, Conversations With Marilyn
Did your amaryllis bloom this year? Mine didn’t—it’s a little like me. But maybe there’s still hope. How late do they bloom?
Marilyn Monroe in a letter to a friend, 1960
I don’t think people will turn against me, at least not by themselves. I like people. The “public” scares me, but people I trust. Maybe they can be impressed by the press or when a studio starts sending out all kinds of stories. But I think when people go to see a movie, they judge for themselves. We human beings are strange creatures and still reserve the right to think for ourselves.
- Marilyn Monroe during her last interview with Richard Meryman, 1962
Marilyn was so good hearted she always picked up people that nobody else liked. That was her modus operandi. She was perverse: If you didn’t like that statue, she liked the poor statue because nobody else did. She was really a nice human being.
Amy Greene, friend
Look, I’m a woman. Sex is part of nature, and I’m part of nature. I don’t understand all the whispers about the subject. I don’t do anything that’s wrong—I just behave as a female. What’s wrong with that?