Marilyn Monroe Quotes (70 quotes)
“That's the trouble, a sex symbol becomes a thing. But if I'm going to be a symbol of something, I'd rather it be sex than some of the things we've got symbols of... I just hate to be a thing.”
Comment on her sex symbol status, quoted in Ms. magazine (August 1972) p. 40
“The studio people want me to do Good-bye Charlie for the movies, but I'm not going to do it. I don't like the idea of playing a man in a woman's body — you know? It just doesn't seem feminine.”
On turning down a role, eventually played by Debbie Reynolds, as quoted in Ms. magazine (August 1972) p. 41
“My work is the only ground I've ever had to stand on. I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation — but I'm working on the foundation.”
As quoted in Marilyn Monroe : In Her Own Words (1983), edited by Roger Taylor
On Being Blonde (2004)
“People feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, of any kind of nature—and it won't hurt your feelings—like it's happening to your clothing.”
As quoted in: Ms., August 1972
As quoted in: New York Times, 27 June 1965
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Born: June 1, 1926
Died: August 5, 1962 (aged 36)
Occupation: Actress, model, singer
Bio: Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.