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"Don't Make Me A Joke""Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe. I don't mind making jokes, but I don't want to look like one...I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity..."
This quote is from the final taped interview Marilyn Monroe did before her untimely death in 1962.
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"I Just Want to Be Wonderful""I don't want to make money, I just want to be wonderful."
And you were, Marilyn. You were in so many ways. And you still are...
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Marilyn on Motherhood"What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can't I just be an ordinary woman? A woman who can have a family ... I'd settle for just one baby. My own baby."
Marilyn Monroe achieved a level of success and fame that most will never reach, yet here she clearly says there were many things missing in her life, including a child.
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On Creativity"Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you're a human being, you feel, you suffer."
Marilyn Monroe clearly felt everything: The ups, the downs and the in-betweens. Unfortunately, this also meant she suffered, particularly in her personal life.
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Lorelei Leev"I always say a kiss on the hand feels very good, but a diamond tiara lasts forever."
As Lorelei Lee in 1953's 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,' Marilyn established herself as "the world's most fabulous gold-digging blonde."
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"Cheesecake Pinups""People ask me if I am going on making cheesecake pictures now that I'm a star. My answer is that as long as there is a boy in Korea who wants a pinup of me, I'll go on posing for them."
A very frank and honest answer: Marilyn knew her fans wanted sexy photos of her, and she continued to oblige throughout her too-short career.
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Monroe the Sex Symbol"That's the trouble, a sex symbol becomes 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."
Marilyn struggled during her career to be seen as something more than "just" a sex symbol. She wanted to be more than just a "thing." She definitely got her wish.
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"I Had the Radio On""It's not true I had nothing on. I had the radio on."
Marilyn certainly knew how to shock. In this 1952 interview with 'TIME' magazine, this was her quip when asked about nude photos she took for a pinup calendar.