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  • “I wanted to be a sex goddess. And you can laugh all you want to. The joke is on me, whether you laugh or not. I wanted to be one -- one of them. They used to laugh at Marilyn when she said she didn't want to be a sex-goddess, she wanted to be a human being. And now they laugh at me when I say, "I don't want to be a human being; I want to be a sex-goddess." That shows you right there that something has changed, doesn't it? Rita, Ava, Lana, Marlene, Marilyn -- I wanted to be one of them. I remember the morning my friend came in and told us that Marilyn had died. And all the boys were stunned, rigid, literally, as they realized what had left us. I mean, if the world couldn't support Marilyn Monroe, then wasn't something desperately wrong? And we spent the rest of the goddamned sixties finding out what it was. We were all living together, me and these three gay boys that adopted me when I ran away, in this loft on East Fifth Street, before it became dropout heaven -- before anyone ever said "dropout" -- way back when "commune" was still a verb? We were all -- old-movie buffs, sex-mad -- you know, the early sixties. And then my friend, this sweet little queen, he came in and he passed out tranquilizers to everyone, and told us all to sit down, and we thought he was just going to tell us there was a Mae West double feature on somewhere -- and he said -- he said -- "Marilyn Monroe died last" -- and all the boys were stunned -- but I -- I felt something sudden and cold in my solar plexus, and I knew then what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be the next one. I wanted to be the next one to stand radiant and perfected before the race of man, to shed the luminosity of my beloved countenance over the struggles and aspirations of my pitiful subjects. I wanted to give meaning to my own time, to be the unattainable luring love that drives men on, the angle of light, the golden flower, the best of the universe made womankind, the living sacrifice, the end! Shit!” ― Robert Patrick, Kennedy's Children
  • “If they tell you that she died of sleeping pills you must know that she died of a wasting grief, of a slow bleeding at the soul.” ― Clifford Odets
  • 1951 Henrietta Awards: The Best Young Box Office Personality Soldiers posted to the Aleutians: The Girl Most Likely to Thaw Alaska The 7th Division Medical Corps: The Girl Most Wanted to Examine Stars and Strips: Miss Cheesecake of the Year The All Weather Fighter Squadron 3, San Diego: The Girl They Would Most Like to Intercept The Present All GIs Would Like To Find in Their Christmas Stocking 1952 Detroit Free Press: New Faces Award Look Magazine: Look Award Stars and Strips: Cheesecake Queen of 1952 Look Magazine Achievement Awards: Most Promising Female Newcomer 1953 Photoplay Magazine Awards: Fastest Rising Star of 1952 Independent Theatre Owners of Arkansas: The State’s Most Popular Movie Actress (Selected by a poll of 109,248 Arkansas theatre patrons) Redbook Magazine: Best Young Box Office Personality The Jewelry Academy: The Best Friend a Diamond Ever Had Golden Globe Award: Female World Film Favorite Advertising Association of the West: The Most Advertised Girl in the World 1954 Photoplay Magazine Awards: Best Actress – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire VFW Post 398, Inglewood, CA: Recognition in Commemoration of Her Unselfish Service Rendered to the Armed Forces in Korea, Presented June, 19, 1954 1956 British Academy Awards: Nomination: Best Foreign Actress – The Seven Year Itch 1958 David di Donatello Prize (Italian equivalent of the Oscar): Best Foreign Actress of 1958 – The Prince and the Showgirl British Academy Awards: Nomination: Best Foreign Actress – The Prince and the Showgirl Harvard Lampoon: The Thank-God Award: To Marilyn Monroe, who in a sweeping public service has made no movies this year 1959 Crystal Star Award (French equivalent of the Oscar): Best Foreign Actress – The Prince and the Showgirl 1960 Golden Globe Award: Best Actress in a Comedy – Some Like It Hot 1962 Golden Globe Award: Female World Film Favorite Other: Some Like It Hot and All About Eve scored positions fourteen and sixteen respectively in the American Film Institute’s 1998 list of America’s Greatest 100 Movies. In June 1999 Marilyn came sixth in the American Film Institute’s list of the top twenty-five female stars of all time.
  • "There's no need now to argue her quality as an actress, or the degree to which she was a victim of a cruel system or her own worst enemy. What was clear, immediately, on hearing of her death, was the way in which this lovely girl had meant something, anything, to everyone- whether she liked it or not; whether she had the faintest idea of how to control the wild circus... People blamed Twentieth Century-Fox for Monroe's death, the studio that had at last run out of patience with her. And over the years, nearly every other segment of our society, from the federal government to the Mafia, has been listed among the suspects. But maybe that says more about the breadth of her appeal than actual lethal intent." Film Critic David Thomson
  • I had always thought that all those amusing remarks she was supposed to have made for the press had probably been manufactured and mimeographed by her press agent, but they weren't. She was a very bright person, an instinct type. - Photographer Eliott Erwitt
  • "Do you remember when Marilyn Monroe died? Everybody stopped work, and you could see all that day the same expressions on their faces, the same thought: 'How can a girl with success, fame, youth, money, beauty . . . how could she kill herself?' Nobody could understand it because those are the things that everybody wants, and they can't believe that life wasn't important to Marilyn Monroe, or that her life was elsewhere." Marlon Brando
  • There isn't enough upper lip between the end of your nose and your mouth. - Emmeline Sniveley to Norma Jeane Dougherty I got a cold chill. This girl had something I hadn't seen since silent pictures. She had a kind of fantastic beauty like Gloria Swanson, when a moviestar had to look beautiful, and she got seks like Jean Harlow. - Leon Shamroy, on MM's first screentest 1946 When you look at Marilyn on the screen, you don't want anything bad to happen to her. You really care that she should be allright ... Happy. - Natalie Wood Marilyn's insecurities screamed out of her. If she had a an eight o' clock date, I had to be there at noon to start on her. If I was two minutes late she would be furious, though she thought nothing of keeping others waiting for hours or days. - George Masters This is a little kid who wants to be with other little kids sucking lollipops and watching rollercoaster, but she can't because they won't let her. She's frightened to death of that the public which thinks she is so sexy. My God, if they only knew! - Allan 'Whitey' Snyder She was not the usual movie idol. There was something democratic about her. She was the type who would join in and wash up the supper dishes even if you didn't asked her. - Carl Sandburg We were in mid-flight, and there was a nut on the plane. - Billy Wilder on MM and the shooting of 'Some Like It Hot'
  • Although firmly established in legend the figure of Tinker Bell is not based on Marilyn Monroe. Tinker Bell owes her shapely form to the "Pin-Up Girls" of World War II, Betty Grable among them, but Monroe was still a supporting actor and relative unknown at the time Tinker Bell was developed. Margaret Kerry was Tinker Bell's live-action reference model. By the time of its 1953 release, Peter Pan had been in development at Disney for 14 years. Disney had purchased the film rights to the story in 1939. Even the book, "The Marilyn Encyclopedia" (1999) still perpetuates this myth.
  • Marilyn's favourites- ACTORS: John Barrymore, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland, Marie Dressler, Clark Gable, Great Garbo, Cary Grant, Jean Harlow, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Ginger Rodgers, Will Rogers, and Richard Widmark. ARTISTS: Botticelli, El Greco, Goya, Michelangelo and Picasso. BOOK: How Stanislavsky Directs by Michael Gorchakov CANDY: Tootsie Rolls COLORS: beige, black, red and white. DRINK: Dom Perignon 1953 FILM PERFORMANCE: The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Don't Bother to Knock (the breakdown scene) (1952) MUSICIANS: Louis Armstrong, Earl Bostick, Ludwig von Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart PHOTOGRAPH: Cecil Beaton's photo of her in white dress PLAYS: A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman PLAYWRIGHTS: Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams PERFUME: Chanel No. 5 POETS: John Keats, Walt Whitman REMEMBERACE: Korea RESTAURANT: Romanoff's SINGERS: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra STORE: Bloomingdale's WRITERS: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, J.D Salinger, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Wolfe
  • Marilyn's Poems- Life - I am of both your directions Existing more with the cold frost Strong as a cobweb in the wind Hanging downward the most Somehow remaining Those beaded rays have the colors I've seen in paintings - ah life they have cheated you... thinner than a cobweb's thread sheerer than any- but it did attach itself and held fast in strong winds and sindged by leaping hot fires life - of which at singular times I am of both your directions - somehow I remain hanging downward the most as both of your directions pull me. Life - I am of both your directions Existing more with the cold frost Strong as a cobweb in the wind Hanging downward the most Somehow remaining Those beaded rays have the colors I've seen in paintings - ah life they have cheated you... thinner than a cobweb's thread sheerer than any- but it did attach itself and held fast in strong winds and sindged by leaping hot fires life - of which at singular times I am of both your directions - somehow I remain hanging downward the most as both of your directions pull me. I I left my home of green rough wood, A blue velvet couch. I dream till now A shiny dark bush Just left of the door. Down the walk Clickity clack As my doll in her carriage Went over the cracks- "We'll go far away." II Don't cry my doll Don't cry I hold you and rock you to sleep Hush hush I'm pretending now I'm not your mother who died. III Help Help Help I feel life coming closer When all I want is to die From time to time I make it rhyme but don't hold that kind of thing against me- Oh well what the hell so it won't sell what I want to tell- is what's on my mind taint Dishes taint Wishes it's thoughts flinging by before I die and to think in ink I stood beneath your limbs and you flowered and finally clung to me and when the wind struck with ... the earth and sand- you clung to me.
  • Through her childhood of shifting adult influences and instability, Norma Jeane was a very quiet and shy girl. In her own words, she "figured early in life that if I didn't talk I couldn't be blamed for anything." Norma Jeane suffered from low self-esteem, and developed a stammer. Marilyn recalled that at junior high school she was class secretary, and would open class meetings by saying, "M-m-mintues of the last m-m-meeting." She was still battling this problem during her early years as an actress. It has been suggested that the frustration of stammering was one of the reasons why Marilyn was so nervous about learning and delivering her lines. At times like this, her voice was described by drama coach Natasha Lytess as a "tight squeak". During her years as an aspiring actress, one of the many pieces of advice she received, useful or spurious, was to "lower her tone." This she duly did. She also studied singing, quickly developing her distinctive style. Phil Moore, who coached Marilyn for Gentlemem Prefer Blondes (1953), pinpointed Marilyn's special appeal in song: "She always sounds as if she's just waking up. You'd be surprised what kind of effect that has on male listeners." To a large extent, the Marilyn voice of the first half of her career, with its exaggerated clarity and staccato stressing of "d" and "t", was the result of tutoring from Lytess. Marilyn was, more than once, lampooned by her directors for what Otto Preminger (director of River of No Return) described as her "grave ar-tic-yew-lay-shun." Stylized as this may have been, it finally helped Marilyn overcome her tendency to stutter. It is this breathy whisper which generations of later actresses have employed as a surefire signifier of sexual attraction and availability. Only on very few occasions did Marilyn publicly use her real voice: in a few press conferences, press announcements, and in interviews with journalists, recordings of which have found their way into collectors' hands. However, in her last, unfinished movie, Something's Got to Give, Marilyn took a new direction and spoke in her normal voice.
  • Available documentation verifies Marilyn’s height and weight at several different times during her life, and her first modeling contract verifies her measurements: August 2, 1945 Blue Book Modeling Agency 5’ 6”, 120lbs 36-24-34 “Size 12” February 8, 1954 DOD ID Card 5’ 5 1/2”, 118lbs August 5, 1962 LA Coroner Medical Report 5’ 5 1/25”, 117lbs
  • -Voted the ‘Sexiest Woman of the Century’ by People Magazine in 1999
  • -Measurements: -37-23-36 (Studio’s Claim) -35-22-35 (Dressmaker’s Claim)
  • “She was pure of heart. She was free of guile. She never understood either the adoration or the antagonism which she awakened.” ~Edward Wagenknecht
  • “She had such a magnetism that if 15 men were in a room with her, each man would be convinced he was the one she’d be waiting for after the others left.” ~Publicist Roy Craft
  • “She’s scared and unsure of herself. I found myself wishing that I were a psychoanalyst and she were my patient. It might be that I couldn’t have helped her, but she would have looked lovely on a couch.” ~Billy Wilder
  • “Marilyn played the best game with the worst hand of anybody I know.” ~Edward Wagenknecht, author
  • “When you speak of the American way of life, everybody thinks of chewing gum, coca-cola, and Marilyn Monroe.” ~The Russian magazine Nedvela
  • “When you look at Marilyn on the screen, you don’t want anything bad to happen to her. You really care that she should be all right...happy.” ~Natalie Wood “When you speak of the
  • “It’s my feeling that Marilyn looked forward to her tomorrows.” ~Eunice Murray, Marilyn’s housekeeper
  • “She was beautiful and untouched, it was as though she were just beginning.” ~Bert Stern, photographer
  • “Marilyn Monroe...the most fragile and loveable legend of all.” ~Look magazine
  • “Her death has diminished the loveliness of the world in which we live.” ~Life magazine
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