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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 Lee"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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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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"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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Dying Young"I want to grow old without facelifts... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I've made. Sometimes 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 you."
Marilyn Monroe's beauty was such that she likely would never have needed a facelift. Sadly, this quote proved prophetic: Monroe was just 36 years old when she died on August 5, 1962.