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Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles, California on June 1 in 1926. Her given name was Norma Jeane Mortenson.
I never wanted to be Marilyn - it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.
In 1947, Monroe was named first Miss California Artichoke Queen.
Monroe’s first lead role was in a movie titled ‘Don’t Bother to Knock’ where she played the part of a babysitter.
As Marilyn Monroe entered her 30’s, she began to be seen as a sex symbol. She played parts in several movies as this.
A sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing.
A lot of Marilyn’s life was spent being in movies where she played the part of a wife, or a girlfriend. One thing I found exceedingly interesting was that Marilyn owned a maltese named Maf (short for Mafia) given to her by Frank Sinatra.
No one really knows what Monroe died of. Some suspect drugs. Some suspect suicide. Some suspect overdose. But it will always remain a mystery.
Here are some of my favorites of Marilyn Monroe’s quotes.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
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What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers.
Girdles and wire stays should have never been invented. No man wants to hug a padded bird cage.
Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.
After reading several of Marilyn Monroe’s quotes, I realize that she didn’t really like her movie life. She didn’t want to be treated as an actress, she wanted to be treated as a woman.