Marilyn? Marilyn wasn’t put on. That’s why she was so good. Her femininity was real, and there are very few who are really women on screen—I like to think I was. But I never met Marilyn, so I don’t really know…Sure, they gave it to her, just like they gave it to me, honey, just because she posed in the nude! What is that?! Like all those American church magazines yellin’ at me because I married a Moslem! Sometimes I wonder why I ever came back.

Happy Birthday Rita Hayworth ♡ (October 17, 1918 ~ May 14, 1987)

What’s over is over, why torment yourself with hellos?

Marilyn Monroe
Thu, 29th May   104
In a way I’m a very unfortunate woman. All this nonsense about being a legend, all this glamour and publicity. Somehow I’m always a disappointment to people.

Marilyn Monroe
Tue, 22nd April   262
You know, for the first time in a long time I feel that something good is going to come out of my life…and I’m beginning to think that the something good is me.

Marilyn Monroe
Mon, 24th March   595

Even Arthur used to go over the pictures, helping me spot the bad ones. Of course, the bad ones were those that didn’t make me seem beautiful. I felt occasionally that I was killing the truth when I killed the ones that were bad for my public image. Here is Marilyn Monroe with an egg on her face. I used to feel as tied to the beauty business as an addict to his drugs. It’s a relief to get in sloppy clothes and not worry about the impression you’re making—about any of it. But it’s part of my career—my life!—and I accept it. When my looks start to go, so will most of the fans. So long, it’s been nice knowing you. But I won’t care. I’ll be ready. There’s other kinds of beauty, other ways of impressing people and getting over. I hope to do it by sheer acting, I do.

Mon, 03rd March   173
I think you’ve got to love people, all kinds of people, to be able to have an opinion about them that’s worth anything. The whole idea of judging people is crazy. We do what we have to do, and we pay for it. We’re no better than we have to be. We can try to be better, and part of trying is not to condemn other people.

Marilyn Monroe
Sun, 02nd March   302
Sometimes I think I was more in control of my life years and years ago, and yet one should make progress; one should learn more every year and become…well, if not happier, then calmer and more able to handle your problems. But I’m not. Sometimes I just seem to make more problems for myself. I do. It makes me feel I haven’t grown up as much as I should have by now.

Marilyn Monroe
Sat, 01st March   534

You know, I like playing around in the garden. It’s sort of fun. All there is is work, and there’s love.

Forgive me for being sentimental. I’m so glad you were born and that I’m living at the same time as you.

Marilyn Monroe, Fragments
I can and will help
myself and work on
things analytically no
matter how painful—if I
forget things (the unconscious
wants to
forget—I will only try to remember)
my body is my body
every part of it.

Marilyn Monroe, Fragments