Marilyn Monroe was an iconic American actress, who sadly committed suicide in 1962, at just 36 years old.

Monroe became one of the most iconic sex symbols of the 1950’s, and her quotes are highly aimed at females and relationships.

Here’s our collection of 35 inspiring Marilyn Monroe quotes and sayings:

35 Marilyn Monroe Quotes

1. “Sometimes you just have to throw on a crown and remind them who they’re dealing with.” – Marilyn Monroe

2. “Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

3. “We should all start to live before we get old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” – Marilyn Monroe

4. “Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

5. “A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.” – Marilyn Monroe

6. “You better believe when the conversation is getting shorter with you… it’s getting longer with someone else.” – Marilyn Monroe

7. “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times tough to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe

8. “A girl knows her limits but a wise girl knows she has none.” – Marilyn Monroe

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9. “If I worry about other bitches, I’d be just like them… another worried b***h.” – Marilyn Monroe

10. “When it comes down to it, let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them anyway.” – Marilyn Monroe

11. “I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil, and I am just a small girl in a big world. Trying to find someone to love.” – Marilyn Monroe

12. “I think that love and work are the only things that really happen to us.” – Marilyn Monroe

13. “Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

14. “A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.” – Marilyn Monroe

15. “Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that?” – Marilyn Monroe

16. “Sweetie, if you’re going to be two-faced, at least make one of them pretty.” – Marilyn Monroe

17. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” – Marilyn Monroe

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18. “Always, always, always believe in yourself. Because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?” – Marilyn Monroe

19. “To all the girls who think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero. You’re the beautiful one. It’s society who’s ugly.” – Marilyn Monroe

20. “Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.” – Marilyn Monroe

21. “She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s sad.” – Marilyn Monroe

22. “I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.” – Marilyn Monroe

23. “It’s better to be unhappy alone, then to be unhappy with someone else.” – Marilyn Monroe

24. “They think I’m crazy, but trust me… I’m 100% there.” – Marilyn Monroe

25. “I think there’s two things in human beings… that they want to be alone, but they also want to be together.” – Marilyn Monroe

26. “A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear.” – Marilyn Monroe

27. “I’m the type of person that tries to fall back asleep in the morning just to finish a dream.” – Marilyn Monroe

28. “Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.” – Marilyn Monroe

29. “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

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30. “A man has a tendency to accept you the way you are, while most women immediately start to pick flaws and want to change you.” – Marilyn Monroe

31. “Sometimes I’ve been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character.” – Marilyn Monroe

32. “I think one of the basic reasons men make good friends is that they can make up their minds quickly.” – Marilyn Monroe

33. “Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has its compensations but it also has its drawbacks, and I’ve experienced them both.” – Marilyn Monroe

34. “Naturally, there are times when every woman likes to be flattered… to feel she is the most important thing in someone’s world. Only a man can paint this picture.” – Marilyn Monroe

35. “No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.” – Marilyn Monroe

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These Marilyn Monroe quotes provide a glimpse into the fast and furious life she led that was cut short far too soon. They show that she had a thing or two to say about life, love, and how to be happy, and she had a lot of credibility due to the life she led. Here are our selected quotes that give the best insight into what she was thinking during her time here.


“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”

This is one of the most beautiful quotes ever uttered by Miss Monroe, and it’s especially touching because it comes from someone that spend much of their adult life as a star in the form of a celebrity. We all deserve to have our time to shine, and it’s a matter of taking the opportunities that are granted to us to show what we can do.

It speaks to the imbalance of attention given to only the best and brightest among us, even though we all have something to say, a talent to behold, and a spotlight that we deserve.

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

This quote sums up life in a very optimistic way, and even though Monroe had many challenges and plenty of reasons not to smile, it shows she was always looking for the beautiful things in the world, and choosing happiness over sadness.

Whenever you’re feeling blue you can remember this quote and look around for things to smile about. According to her there’s plenty to smile about, as long as you’re looking for them.

Look around you today for something to smile about. Tomorrow it might be something different, but there will always be many things available to put your attention on.

“Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.”

This puts a very good spin on those times when it appears that things aren’t going as planned, or after a bad break-up, or other low times in life.

It would be arrogant to think that we know what’s best for us, and often the universe has other plans and is putting them into motion even if it means we have to go through some trying times or say goodbye to the people that once loved us. As long as you keep hope and optimism alive and keep the door open for something better to come along, it often will.

“If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.”

Here’s a cheeky quote that suggests it’s OK to break the rules now and then in the name of progress and success. Most of us know that rules are made to bed, and some might even need to be broken when going after the things that you want. It’s not a matter of breaking the law or showing a disrespect for authority, but rather confirming that you won’t let anything stop you from reaching your desired destination. Monroe wasn’t encouraging a state of lawlessness, but just giving a nod to the bendability of the established rules that govern our lives.

“You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.”

Here’s a simply stated way of saying that unless you get out and live your life you won’t really know what life is like. It’s almost as if she is saying some people live and die without really knowing what life is like. It’s a call to get out and do the things you’ve been wanting to do, to tell the people the things you’ve been wanting to say, and to feel the feelings that come with living a life that is meaningful and interesting. You don’t have to live to anyone else’s standards, as each of us has our own idea of what it means to live life to the fullest.

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”

At first glance this quote seems like it might be a step back for equality for women, but when you consider that both genders can use it as advice it seems more sound. While chasing a career and money many men also give up relationships because they see the two as mutually exclusive. Only later when they realize the emptiness of having success and no one to share it with do they regret their decision to pursue the almighty dollar at all costs. Find a balance between your career and your love life so that you don’t end up old, bitter, and alone, is what she seems to be saying.

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.”

Marilyn Monroe had a strong desire to be seen as being more than just an actress, celebrity, and sex symbol. Many of her quotes attempt to shed light on who she was a person, and to remind her spectators that there was more to her than just a pretty face in designer clothing. It’s true that behind all of the glitz and glamor there was just a girl that started off simple enough married to a policeman. Who would have thought she’d eventually be married to Joe DiMaggio and have an alleged affair with JFK?

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”

We’ve all had the feeling of wishing we were someone else, no matter how brief it lasted. Sometimes it can be easy to get fixated on someone else, whether it be a celebrity or someone you know personally. But it’s a huge oversight because it negates what a wonderful person you yourself are. It’s fine to admire the traits of someone else, and make it a point to have those same traits, but there’s no reason to wish you were them, especially since you don’t know exactly what it’s like to be them. If you were given the chance to be them you may realize it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

“I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.”

This is an interesting saying from Monroe, and it can be seen in the way she lived her life that she didn’t just say it but lived it. She was discovered after doing a magazine shoot and never looked back. She starred in dozens of movies and now has a star on the Walk of Fame because she didn’t live wondering what others were thinking about her, or trying to bend over backwards to make other people happy. Success was important to her, and by mapping the course of her life you can see that she was driven to succeed without second guessing herself based on opinions of others.

“A girl doesn’t need anyone that doesn’t need her.”

The same could be said for men as well, and it’s a good saying to keep in mind when you are in a lopsided relationship, or hooked on someone that is only lukewarm towards you. Why keep people in your life that don’t find you a valuable piece to their own life? In the world of celebrity this quote must ring doubly true. With so many people out to use you for their own ends and drop you as soon as your value is used up, it must have been from personal experience that she was able to deliver this line.

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.”

How true! But most times it’s so easy to forget this and feel like failure is just going to follow you all your days. It’s true that you can be a whopping failure at one thing but a raging success at another. Few are good at everything they try, and for many it’s a matter of finding what you’re good at and then getting better and better at that. It would be sad indeed if we failed in one area of our lives and then projected that failure to another area. Cast those memories of failure aside as you try your next endeavor.

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“If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”

This is a cute phrase that points out that while many people are two-faced, there are some that have ugly faces for both. Many times two-faced people are nice to your face but then go around behind your back being ugly. What Monroe is saying here is that she’s run into people that are ugly to your face as well as behind your back. She may also be admitting that she’s a bit two-faced as well, since one of her faces was so pretty. It could have been her way of revealing that she might have had an ugly side as well. Only Marilyn knows for sure.

“It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Here’s words to live by if you’re ever caught between being ridiculous or boring. At the very least you don’t want to be absolutely ridiculously boring! She must have been making mention to the different people she’d met during her life, which must have been filled with the bizarre and the mundane. She’s saying that if you have to choose, go for being the oddball, the one that confuses everyone, instead of being the wallflower that doesn’t take a chance or speak up. Only one way ensures that you’ll live a life filled with no regrets and a lot fewer what ifs.

“In spite of everything life is not without hope.”

It’s easy to see that Monroe lived a life of some hardship, trials, and tribulations, but she never gave up hope that things would turn out alright. Here she’s saying that even with all of the things that happened to her, she still holds onto that feeling of hope, which surely lead to better days for her right up until the end. Several reports from those that knew Monroe well say that she was usually in good spirits, despite what was said about her in the aftermath of her death. It seems that Monroe may have led a troubled childhood and had a whirlwind of a life but always maintained her spirits with hope.

“All a girl really wants from a guy is for him to prove to her that they are not all the same.”

You can tell that Marilyn must have gone through her fair share of guys that ended up all turning out the same. Three divorces might do the trick, as well as a blur of Hollywood’s elite all vying for a chance to be with her. She gets down to the heart of what every girl really wants, a guy to show her that she’s special and that he’s special too and not exactly like all of the other guys out there with all of the stereotypical male behavior. Deep down, even with all the fame, she saw herself as an ordinary girl looking for an ordinary guy next door type.

“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.”

Here’s advice for the guys out there, it’s not about the money you make or the car you drive but rather it’s your personality that will really win a girl over. Maybe not every girl, but the right girl. Rather than focus on those things that can be taken away at any time, it’s best to invest in your personality and make sure that it is at the top of its game. Maybe instead of “make” it’s better to say get her to do anything, but those are the words she used back at the time she said it, and also it’s a play on words with “make” her laugh.

“Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”

In six words Monroe gives a smack to the face to both fear and regrets. One often leads to the other, so it’s good to give them both the same treatment, since they’re closely related. It’s often fear that gets us to do the things we regret. The chances missed by sitting on the sideline, benched by fear. Once you get disrespectful of fear you’ll find that you have fewer regrets about the life you’re leading. Just remember that fear is a natural emotion, so don’t get frustrated if you feel it, just remember that it’s stupid, so says Marilyn.

“It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”

Take it from a woman that was thrice divorced, she didn’t stay long in a relationship if she wasn’t happy with the way it was going. Notice how she didn’t say it’s better to be happy and alone than unhappy with someone, since that’s too easy of a thing to wrap your head around. She’s saying that it’s a better choice to be alone, even if you’re unhappy while you’re alone, than it is to be with someone and be unhappy just because you don’t want to be alone. This is for those that find themselves in a relationship because it’s preferable to being alone, even if it isn’t very good.

“I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

Marilyn Monroe embraced her femininity and had no qualms of using it to her advantage, both to get famous and to stay famous. After being recognized for her photogenic nature she would later grace Playboy magazine and spend much of her adult life as a sex symbol. Rather than lament being seen as a sex symbol she seemed to utterly enjoy it, and even in her private life would use it as a way to get what she wanted. Think of her birthday song to JFK, that was a woman that was enjoying being a woman and all of the things it enabled her to do.

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”

If it’s a man’s world she’s saying a woman can pretty much do whatever she’d like as long as she’s Marilyn Monroe. Many things that Monroe is famous for saying were said during a time of women’s liberation movements, and they flew in the face of popular opinion at the time. This quote is a cute way of saying that she can get along just fine in a man’s world because of the fact that she’s a woman, much to the chagrin of women’s rights supporters who want an even playing field. Today’s women might not agree with this quote, but it worked for Monroe.

“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil.”

This quote helped to put Monroe in the right light, and was likely meant to take away some of the bad girl image, but not erase it entirely. You’ve got to respect a woman that is confident enough to admit to her sins and also make a distinction that she’s not all bad. She’s also saying that she’s a good person, though not perfect. And in a few sentences she pretty much sums up all of us, as nobody is without sin, and few of us go to such extremes of being an angel or a devil.

“I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”

Here’s another example of Monroe viewing herself as a just an ordinary girl. Perhaps it was her way of digesting all of the fame and attention, and a way for her to make sense of it all and stay true to herself. Being the adoration of many men during her time and even having the sort of relationship she had with the president of the United States, she was anything but a small girl. But at the root of it all she held the belief that she just wanted to find love, and that’s what she set out to do, as is evidenced by the life she lived.

“Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting than being one.”

This quote brings up the idea that sometimes a dream is more exciting than living that dream. For years she must have dreamed of being an actress, married to policeman and waiting to be discovered. After seeing all that comes with the dream she remembers fondly what it was like to just dream of being an actress. It’s funny how a dream seems so perfect because you don’t dream of all that goes into it, you only dream of the best things about it. This is Monroe’s way of saying that sometimes it’s better to just dream.

“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.”

It’s interesting to think that Monroe didn’t care for money, seeing how she made plenty of it during her lifetime. But the fact that she was just focusing on her life, and being the best she could be, and the money was just a byproduct is in line with how things typically work out. If you focus on the money you rarely get it, but if you focus on what you do and do it exceptionally well the money usually follows. Perhaps she may have sung a different tune earlier in her life when she didn’t have a lot of money, but once she had enough she could focus on being wonderful.

“Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right.”

This is one more instance of Monroe putting a healthy spin on the way life is. Sometimes things go wrong, but rather than wallow in it she used it to better appreciate the times when things go right. To be sure, things are right more often than when they’re wrong, and if things never went wrong you wouldn’t know when they were right as you wouldn’t have anything to compare it to. The best way to deal with things when they go wrong is to notice how you’re feeling and compare that to how you feel when things are going right.

“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I only stop when I’m done.”

This shows that Monroe had a work ethic and was not merely a celebrity for being a celebrity. Some might say that she was discovered by accident, that she used her sex appeal to get and stay famous, and got acting jobs because of the way she looked and who she slept with, but a quote like this tells a different story. She’s going to persist until she completes the task. This is one instance where she gives insight into the kind of drive she had and can be an inspiration to stick with things until fruition.

“I restore myself when I’m alone.”

A life filled with so much publicity and so few private moments must have been taxing to the system. Here she’s revealing that during the times she spent alone she would recharge her batteries and get ready for the next day or the next event. We all need a little “me time” and perhaps she never had enough of it. Being a celebrity has its disadvantages, and one of them is that you don’t’ know when a camera is on you. You always have to be “on” and that can be draining. We can take a page from her notebook and use alone time to recharge and refresh.

“All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.”

In the end, Monroe just wanted to be loved, and the same can be said for us all. She didn’t just want to be loved for the things she did, she wanted to be loved for the person she was. It must be hard for a celebrity and a sex symbol to find true love in the world, and maybe she lived and died without ever finding it. This quote resonates because it is something we can all relate to. You shouldn’t have to be a certain way or do a certain thing in order to be loved. You should be loved for who you are, and that’s all she wanted.

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15 inspirational quotes by Marilyn Monroe on life and love

Marilyn Monroe was an actor and icon, and beyond that stunning image of her in the “flying red dress” was a woman, extremely witty, sophisticated and intelligent.

Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson, and ‘Marilyn Monroe’ was a stage name created by Ben Lyon (the head of fresh talent) at Fox Studios, Los Angeles.

The name Marilyn was inspired by stage actress Marilyn Miller who starred in many Broadway musicals in the 20s and 30s, and whom Ben Lyon personally knew, while Monroe was Jeane’s grandmother’s last name.

Some of her famous films include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Misfits, Some Like It Hot, and The Prince and the Showgirl.

While some idolised Marilyn Monroe purely for her good looks, and glamorous lifestyle, she faced many ups and downs in her life. She struggled with alcoholism, substance abuse, anxiety and lack of self-esteem. However she managed to keep going, and strove to constantly better herself at her craft; acting.

Here are the top fifteen Marilyn Monroe Quotes about life and love that will inspire you, and leave you smiling.

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

“A wise girl knows her limits; a smart girl knows that she has none.”

“Boys think girls are like books, if the cover doesn’t catch their eye, they won’t bother to read what’s inside.”

“I’m selfish, impatient, and insecure. I make mistakes. I am out of control and at times hard to handle, but if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.”

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

“Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing, and there’s so much to smile about.”

“Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that?”

“A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.”

“You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.”

“A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.”

“I never wanted to be Marilyn – it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.”

(Edited by Rekha Balakrishnan)

21 Motivational Lessons from Marilyn Monroe

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Charming, captivating, alluring, mesmerizing, compelling, tempting, enthralling, beguiling, enchanting—if there is an adjective describing something that people can’t help but watch and appreciate, it has probably been used to describe Marilyn Monroe. She epitomized the American dream of rising from the ashes of defeat and into stardom and success. The country couldn’t help but watch her.

Born in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane Mortensen, Marilyn’s life was anything but idyllic. She struggled until she managed to land her first film, a B movie called Ladies of the Chorus in 1948. She became a cultural and pop icon and, despite how her life ended, the public admired her for her ability to go on after everything that her young life entailed.

Throughout her career and since her death in 1962, Marilyn’s quotes have been collected and read by many people as inspirations about living life, understanding beauty and finding love.

Quotes About Life

1. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

2. “I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”

3. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

4. “We are all of us stars and we deserve to twinkle.”

5. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

6. “Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will?”

7. “This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth.”

8. “She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad—and that’s important.”

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Quotes About Beauty

9. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

10. “All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren’t.”

11. “To all the girls who think you’re ugly because you’re not a size 0, you’re the beautiful one. It’s society who’s ugly.”

12. “Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman, but loose enough to show you’re a lady.”

Quotes About Love

13. “The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.”

14. “All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.”

15. “Boys think girls are like books, if the cover doesn’t catch their eye they won’t bother to read what’s inside.”

16. “It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”

17. “Sometimes you miss someone so much that you forget you are better without them.”

Quotes About Herself

18. “I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”

19. “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

20. “I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”

21. Even now, many years after her death, Marilyn’s legacy of funny, dry and outrageous quotes lives on with the many people who are inspired by her words.

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Wise Words From the Iconic Marilyn Monroe

A true Hollywood icon of femininity, Marilyn Monroe may be best known for her signature beauty mark and voluptuous curves, but we know her for something else: her confidence. After seeing a few of these never-been-released early photos of Monroe taken before she became a huge star, there’s no doubt that Monroe’s best beauty accessory of all was her attitude. Read on for her most inspiring girl-power quotes!

Best Marilyn Monroe Quotes That Are Inspirational

1. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” The lesson here? Be you, and be heard.

2. “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” She was talking about running shoes, right?

3. “Ever notice how ‘What the hell?’ is always the right answer?” Think of this one the next time a friend asks you to try a new group exercise class or sign up for a race with her.

4. “We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” Amen, Marilyn!

5. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Now that’s girl power!

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America during the 1950s held a promising and confident future filled with peace and prosperity. After World War II ended, America was surrounded by postwar booms that helped its people move past the war.

One of the things that helped the people recover was show business. At the time, the movie industry had just met its greatest foe – the television. However, crowd favorites, such as Marilyn Monroe, helped the movie industry take back its audience.

You might remember Marilyn Monroe best as an American actress with an iconic subway grate photo where her skirt fluttered in the wind, but people from the 1950s would beg to differ. Marilyn was the embodiment of femininity and sensuality. She had style and grace that inspired women of the 50s and the generations to come.

But while she captured the hearts of many, Marilyn Monroe had deep-seated emotions that eventually caused her downfall. She was a deeply unhappy actress who hid her monsters from her fans. Despite that, she always made sure to put on a charming smile in front of her fans.

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Struggles during Her Early Life

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926. She was a top-billed American actress during the 1950s, famous for portraying the role of a comically dumb blonde in movies. Marilyn tragically passed away due to barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962 at the age of 36.

You’ll find several articles about Marilyn Monroe and her struggle with depression. Even though she had several critics that attacked her career, she remained as a top-billed actress. This is because Marilyn, for several years, persevered and followed her dreams. She was an inspiration to everyone who strived to overcome personal obstacles in order to achieve their goals.

Marilyn Monroe grew up amidst a challenging situation and a troubled childhood. Her mother had psychiatric problems and was put into a mental institution. In fact, Marilyn suffered a troubling memory of her mother pushing a pillow into her face while she was young.

The problematic state of her mother’s mental health is the reason Marilyn moved from one orphanage to another. You might think her early personal struggles ended there, but Marilyn constantly had trouble with the foster families she ended up with. At one point, Marilyn was sexually assaulted by her foster father at the age of seven.

But she never would’ve thought that her love for film would stem from a terrible experience with one of her foster families. They would send her to the movies alone and let her sit the night away in theaters. That’s when Marilyn discovered her love for film.

Marilyn Monroe’s career started when a photographer featured her as a swimsuit model for his work. She started as a model before reaching stardom as an actress. Her fluctuating mental state may have made her feel she was alone, but she had a fighting spirit unlike any other.

Embracing Your Flaws

A lot of people misjudged Marilyn’s work because her fame revolved around her beauty. Others might even go as far as saying she’s the epitome of vanity, but they’re absolutely wrong. She was best known as a Hollywood sex symbol in the 50s, but she was so much more than that.

She was independent, open-minded, creative, and witty. She would go on to defy a lot of her own limitations and the belief of several critics. To date, there are over 600 books written about Marilyn Monroe, all because of her confidence and determination.

In fact, several critics said she never had the talent for acting. But Marilyn would go on to prove all of them wrong. She hired professional coaches to help her improve her acting. It was her eagerness to do her best that helped her blossom into a figure that would go on to inspire women all over the world.

You’ll probably find several movies where Marilyn Monroe would play the role of a comical blonde, but in truth, she embraced knowledge and was always eager to learn. In fact, Marilyn had a personal library that shelved over 400 books with a variety of topics from history to philosophy, art, literature, and poetry.

She made no effort in trying to change who people thought she was, because the only person she needed to believe in her was herself. She has gone down in history as an influential figure because that’s exactly who she was.

She embraced the flaws that critics made her believe she had, and went on to prove all of them wrong. Today, people continue to be inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her ability to aim for the sky.

So if you need a little inspiration as you face humongous challenges in your life right now, don’t fret. Here are 30 Marilyn Monroe quotes that can help you aim for the sky.

Marilyn Monroe’s Last Interview

Marilyn Monroe Quotes

“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.” – Marilyn Monroe

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them.” – Marilyn Monroe

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Too often they don’t realize what they have until it’s gone…they’re too stubborn to say, ‘Sorry, I was wrong’ they hurt the ones closest to their hearts, and we let the most foolish things tear us apart” – Marilyn Monroe

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent. ” – Marilyn Monroe

“I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.” – Marilyn Monroe

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the 50 cents.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.” – Marilyn Monroe

“We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I don’t mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I’m not interested in money, I just want to be wonderful.” – Marilyn Monroe

“When you have a good friend that really cares for you and tries to stick in there with you, you treat them like nothing. Learn to be a good friend because one day you’re gonna look up and say I lost a good friend.” – Marilyn Monroe

“The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Learn to remember you got great friends, don’t forget that and they will always care for you no matter what. Always remember to smile and look up at what you got in life.” – Marilyn Monroe

“All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

“It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling…” – Marilyn Monroe

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

“When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.” – Marilyn Monroe

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70 Best Marilyn Monroe Quotes On Love And Life

Following are popular Marilyn Monroe quotes and sayings with images. If you’re looking for the best Marilyn quotes you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of 70 inspiring Marilyn Monroe quotes on life, love, happiness, success, work, dreams, character and more.

70 Inspiring Marilyn Monroe Quotes On Love And Life With Images

“I don’t forgive people because I’m weak, I forgive them because I am strong enough to know people make mistakes.”

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

“For those who are poor in happiness, each time is a first time; happiness never becomes a habit.”

“A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.”

“Always remember to smile and look up at what you got in life.”

“A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none.”

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.”

“That’s the way you feel when you’re beaten inside. You don’t feel angry at those who’ve beaten you. You just feel ashamed.”

“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I only stop when I’m done.”

“Boys think girls are like books, If the cover doesn’t catch their eye they won’t bother to read what’s inside.”

“A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.”

“When you’re young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you’re laughing again.”

“Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.”

“You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.”

“Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.”

“I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.”

“The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.”

“I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.”

“I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.”

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

“A friend tells you what you want to hear; a best friend tells you the truth.”

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them.”

“I don’t look at myself as a commodity, but I’m sure a lot of people have.”

“I only know I want to be wonderful.”

“Always, always, always believe in yourself. Because if you don’t then who will, sweetie?”

“I learned to walk as a baby and I haven’t had a lesson since.”

“It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone – so far.”

“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.”

“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”

“Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

“We are all stars but we must learn how to shine.”

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

“If I am a star, the people made me a star.”

“Men who think that a woman’s past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak.”

“I think that love and work are the only things that really happen to us.”

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.”

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

“I’m pretty but not beautiful. I sin but I’m not the devil. I’m good but I’m not an angel.”

“Always be yourself. Retain individuality; listen to the truest part of yourself.”

“To all the girls that think you’re fat – because you’re not a size zero you’re the beautiful one. It’s society who’s ugly.”

“I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human.”

“It’s nice to be included in people’s fantasies but you also like to be accepted for your own sake.”

“Sweetie, if you’re going to be two-faced, at least make one of them pretty.”

“Be real, be yourself, be unique, be true, be honest, be humble, be happy…”

“I’d like to show that I can get publicity without using my ass or getting fired from a picture.”

“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!”

“Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman but loose enough to show you’re a lady.”

“All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.”

“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.”

“If you can’t handle me at my worst you don’t deserve me at my best.”

“There isn’t anybody that looks like me without clothes on.”

“Everyone’s a star and deserves the right to twinkle.”

“I want to do the best that I can do in that moment, when the camera starts, until it stops.”

“I think there’s two things in human beings… that they want to be alone, but they also want to be together.”

“I dress for men. A woman looks at your clothes critically. A man appreciates them.”

“When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them anyway.”

“The way you carry yourself is influenced by the way you feel inside. You must feel attractive to be attractive.”

“She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.”

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.”

“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.”

“I don’t mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. But what goes with it can be a burden.”

“I restore myself when I’m alone.”

“I’m selfish, impatient, and insecure. I make mistakes. I am out of control and at times, hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.”

“Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.”

“I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

“I’ve spent most of my life running away from myself.”

“Fear is stupid, so are regrets.”

“First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.”

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”

“Frankly, I’ve never considered my own figure so exceptional; until quite recently, I seldom gave it any thought at all.”

Marilyn Monroe was one of the most famous names in Hollywood. Born on June 1, 1926, she was a model, actress, and singer. Her career was filled with speculations and controversies yet that didn’t stop her from becoming really famous. She started her own film production company, won several awards, and captured the hearts of many.

Although she met an unpredictable death at the age of 36 from a drug overdose, she’ll still be remembered well. With her platinum red hair, flirty smile, and makeup, Marilyn Monroe continues to fascinate her fans.

And as a way to pay tribute to her career and life on her birthday, here are some of the best Marilyn Monroe quotes that really left a mark on her fans’ hearts. Enjoy!

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

Fear is stupid. So are regrets.

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Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she’ll conquer the world.

Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.

I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.

I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful.

The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

When it comes down to it. I let people think what they want. And if they care enough to bother with what I do, I already know I’m better than them.

If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.

I am trying to find myself. Sometimes that’s not easy.

I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.

When it comes to gossip, I have to readily admit men are as guilty as women.

Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

We human beings are strange creatures and still reserve the right to think for ourselves.

I restore myself when I’m alone.

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The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.

I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.

A smart girl leaves before she is left.

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.

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Fame doesn’t fulfill you. It warms you a bit, but that warmth is temporary.

It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone – so far.

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Dogs never bite me – just humans.

I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.

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Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.

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I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important.

A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.

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All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.

Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.

Just because you fail once, it doesn’t mean you’re going to fail at everything.

We should all start to live before we get too old.

No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.

Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.

The truth is, I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let men sometimes fool themselves.

One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel.

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.

I’ve found men are less likely to let petty things annoy them.

I am alone; I am always alone no matter what.

Fame is like caviar, you know – it’s good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal.

I read poetry to save time.

Always, always, always believe in yourself. Because if you don’t then who will, sweetie?

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. And sometimes, good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.

Which are your favorite quotes of Marilyn Monroe? Don’t forget to share them on social media!

Confession: growing up, I wasn’t a big Marilyn Monroe fan. In a world where everyone seems to be Team Marilyn or Team Audrey, I chose not to emotionally invest in either, deciding instead to collect magnets, wear t-shirts, and buy posters of Bettie Page. She also starred in movies, albeit ones involving softcore bondage.

Anyway, my opinion has since changed, largely in favor of Audrey, but also for Miss Norma Jeane. All it took was a rainy day and a Netflix account with a handful of Marilyn’s films on instant play to win me over. I came to appreciate her coquettish charm, and moreover embrace her witticisms.

Naturally, the vast farm of misinformation that is the internet manufactures a gazillion false quotes attributed to Marilyn. And the madness must stop. Please remember these next time you have the urge to reblog it on Tumblr, tweet it on Twitter, or include it in an Instagram of your caramel ribbon frappucino.

Exhibit A: “A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.”

I’ve actually seen this quote in a few different forms on a handful of social media outlets. It’s a good place to start, because like many quotes to follow, it’s a quick, snappy line about love that’s completely and utterly unsourced. In these scenarios, there’s the slightest possibility that she may have said that, but there’s nothing out there to confirm she did.

Exhibit B: “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

Truthfully when I first saw this quote, I loved it so hard. It’s like one of those things you rely on when you feel particularly undateable, right after crying into a tub of cookie dough and watching that Sex and the City episode where Carrie finds out Big’s engaged. It’s an ode to a complicated woman. On a base level, I get that.

But again, there’s absolutely nothing out there that attributes this to Marilyn Monroe, and having seen it mass produced so many times, I’m entirely disenchanted. As far as I know, this was someone’s sassy OkCupid bio from 5 years ago and now it’s just spread across the internet like wildfire.

Exhibit C: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Another fav quote that sounds witty for a moment before you realize it’s just a weird string of contradictions with no source. Beyond that, Marilyn was noted for being a perfectionist; she agonized over applying her makeup impeccably and she would re-do every take until she felt it was up to her standards, so it’s not only nonsensical, it’s completely out of character.

Exhibit D: “Give a girl the right shoes and she will conquer the world.”

This one’s a little tricky. Most likely, it’s a weird re-working of a 1985 Bette Midler quote, which goes, “Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world.” But even the original source for that is really hard to find. It turns up as the lead in a blurb for The Strait Times, but I don’t even know the context for the original publication it turned up in (allegedly, the Houston Chronicle). It’s quite enigmatic.

It’s also really big on Etsy.

Exhibit E: “Well behaved women seldom make history.”

This one is a legitimate quote…by someone who is not Marilyn. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a historian and Harvard professor, used this line in a paper on Puritan funeral practices (how that line exploded into modern culture I can’t even imagine). In 2007 she even published a book with the same name. I wonder if she knows that Marilyn’s image has been co-opting this quote for years, because if I were her I would be miffed.

Exhibit F: Oh my god, it’s “No, I am your father,” why doesn’t anyone get it right?!

You get the point.

In all seriousness, during my search I came across an interesting response to a journalist about whether she had writers prepare material for her interviews. In this 1956 article from the Saturday Evening Post, Marilyn vehemently asserted that she refused to sign her name to that kind of falseness. In her own words: “This is wrong, because when I was a little girl I read signed stories in fan magazines and I believed every word of them. Then I tried to model my life after the lives of the stars I read about. If I’m going to have that kind of influence, I want to be sure it’s because of something I’ve actually said or written.”

I still don’t 100% get the Marilyn Monroe thing, but I can admire that she was a glamorous, titantic force, with undeniable charisma and a slew of memorable lines. She used her power to support the civil rights movement, which was huge at the time. She fiercely stuck to her brand, even while it probably ate away at her soul. And I think it’s only fair that we pause before trying to attach that brand to something she probably never said, especially knowing how her icon status makes her a huge role model for so many people.

Bold statement from someone who just photoshopped Monroe with M.I.A. lyrics, but take it with a grain of salt. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to Netflix How to Marry a Millionaire.

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Mary Grace Garis Marygrace Taylor is a health and wellness writer for Prevention, Parade, Women’s Health, Redbook, and others.

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Despite popular belief, Marilyn was not a size 12/14/16. Back when she was alive she was classed as (about) a size 12, but sizes have changed over the decades. Size 0 was not around in Marilyn/Audrey’s time, so that just shows the extent to which sizes have changed. Marilyn was in fact not as big as people make her out to be, her weight for the majority of her life was around 8.2-8.7 stone (115 – 121 pounds) and at her highest she was only 140 pounds (where she was pregnant for the most part). Nowadays she would be classed as a size 6/8 and at her largest she would be classed as a size 10. She was pregnant in the 1957 Sam Shaw photoshoot, so her weight was fluctuating around that time period (this is the picture that everyone puts meme’s about her weight and stuff on). I believe that if you just watch her films or – more simple – see her pictures, especially the Something’s Got To Give costume test shots (1962), you would realize she was certainly not a size 16.

Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops, or some liver

If you’ve ever wondered how women stayed in such great shape before the days of juice cleanses, gluten free everything, and training programs fit for Victoria Secret angels, Marilyn Monroe may be able to give you some insight into that. In the September 1952 edition of Pageant Magazine, the late star revealed her extremely strange diet to the world in a feature that was titled “How I Stay in Shape.”

In her own words, she outlines her not-so rigorous workout routine and her liquid breakfast consisting of two raw eggs poured into a glass of warm milk. This became her morning routine even when traveling. For dinner, she never dined out. Instead of opting for the best restaurant in town, she’d stop at a market near her hotel for steak, liver, or lamb chops, which she’d broil herself using an electric oven. On the side, she’d eat raw carrots. And when she wanted to treat herself, it was all about an ice cream sundae. “It’s a good thing, I suppose, that I eat simply during the day, for in recent months I have developed the habit of stopping off at Will Wright’s ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae on my way home from my evening drama classes. I’m sure that I couldn’t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods.”

Read her best quotes from the interview, and if you’re tired of chia seeds and spin class, staying in shape ala Marilyn might be worth trying out for yourself.

A Light Workout

“Exercise. Each morning after I brush my teeth, wash my face and shake off the first deep layer of sleep, I lie down on the floor beside my bed and begin my first exercise. It is a simple bust-firming routine which consists of lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head. I do this 15 times, slowly. I repeat the exercise another 15 times from a position with my arms above my head. Then, with my arms at a 45-degree angle from the floor, I move my weights in circles until I’m tired. I don’t count rhythmically like the exercise people on the radio; I couldn’t stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it.”

Frankly, I’ve never considered my own figure so exceptional; until quite recently, I seldom gave it any thought at all. My biggest single concern used to be getting enough to eat. Now I have to worry about eating too much. I never used to bother with exercises. Now I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”

Better than SPF

“Sports. I have never cared especially for outdoor sports, and have no desire to excel at tennis, swimming, or golf. I’ll leave those things to the men. Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think sun-tanned skin is any more attractive than white skin, or any healthier, for that matter. I’m personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blond all over.”

By nature, I suppose I have a languorous disposition. I hate to do things in a hurried, tense atmosphere, and it is virtually impossible for me to spring out of bed in the morning. On Sunday, which is my one day of total leisure, I sometimes take two hours to wake up, luxuriating in every last moment of drowsiness. Depending upon my activities, I sleep between five and ten hours every night. I sleep in an extra-wide single bed, and I use only one heavy down comforter over me, summer or winter. I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep.”

Monroe’s Take on Paleo

“Breakfast. I’ve been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre, but I don’t think so. Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room. When it’s hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I’m dressing. I supplement this with a multi-vitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.

Dinner. My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.”

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