Did Marilyn Monroe really say all those philosophical quotes?
I notice that the must fucked up of my female friends absolutely worship Marilyn Monroe, and are forever quoting her. What's up with that, and are all those quotes real??
What philosophical quotes? We all don't live in your mind and know what you're talking about.
One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him.
- Marilyn Monroe
"What philosophical quotes?"
She made a lot of comments on fame and being a star, but I don't consider them particularly "philosophical." She really was quite pretentious. She was uneducated but wanted people to think she was "smart", so she'd do things like be photographed reading books with the titles prominently displayed. In reality she was no reader. She really was a very shallow, uninteresting person. But her physical attributes generally bowled people over so much that they forgot about that and were dazzled by her.
"Insane sects grow with the same rhythm as big organizations. It is the rhythm of total destruction."
- Marilyn Monroe
"One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him."
That's a "quote" from Marilyn Monroe?! If she actually said that, and I doubt that she did, then somebody must have written it for her to say when she wanted to make people think she was "profound." If she actually said that to someone I should think the listener would have had trouble keeping a straight face.
"Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck."
- Marilyn Monroe
There was a whole lot of laughable revisionist history going on regarding Monroe's intellect in the years following her tragic death. The woman may have tried to learn and expand her horizons, but to suddenly pretend she was some great, deep and insightful thinker is simply ludicrous. She was obviously gifted on the physical level, but she was no Jeopardy winner, or Wheel of Fortune for that matter.
the bitch at r1 didn't get the op reference!! How awful.
"36D or not 36D. That is the question."
-- Marilyn Monroe
She was smarter and more interesting than you think, R3.
A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.
The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the ''outlaw,'' the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order.”
- Marilyn Monroe
Well, the quote at R2 is just a gussied-up Golden Rule.
I hope she didn't write that.
What I do like are her witty quips during her photo ops:
"Miss Monroe, what were you wearing during the (notorious Playboy calendar) photo shoot?"
"Chanel No. 5."
"No, I mean what did you have on?"
[quote]she'd do things like be photographed reading books with the titles prominently displayed
Er, no. It was a '50s-style joke, to photograph the dumb busty blonde reading Tolstoy or whatever. At photo shoots they'd hand her a copy of "Ulysses" or some other time.
The irony was that she was actually intellectually curious and did read contemporary and classic lit.
"I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle."
(Telegram from Marilyn Monroe declining a party invitation from Bobby and Ethel Kennedy. June 13, 1962.)
Oh god, I love you guys.
"What is frightening is the conjunction of massive technical power and the spiritual surrender to nihilism. A panic-stricken refusal to glance, even furtively, in the only direction where meaning could still be found dominates our intellectual life.”
- Marilyn Monroe
Those quotes are baloney. She wasn't terribly bright, but to her credit she was attracted to people who were. Unfortunately she was used a lot.
PR folks probably made up those quotes. Or the company that owns the rights to her likeness.
Please, God, don't let her have written that deep-dish tripe.
It is certainly true that the particle and its fields are very useful mathematical concepts, unfortunately, they also cause many problems and paradoxes because they are approximations to reality and do not physically exist.
Were I to pursue physics instead of my first love, acting, I would attempt to solve these problems by understanding the reason for these discrete energy states, which are probably due to the fact that standing waves only exist at discrete frequencies. My theory would predict that energy exchanges will be discrete, as observed; the continuous e-m wave does not anticipate this.
But as I said, I want to be an actress.
- excerpt from a letter to Albert Einstein, 1945
R17-That is a quote from Rene Girard, I believe
Is the endless parade of Marilyn Monroe licensed memorabilia ever going to end? I still see cheaply-made purses with her image on them, posters, etc at lots of stores. I wonder who's getting rich off them.
R-4 Quote from Theodor Adorno not MM.
Yeah, well, maybe this "Rene Girard" person is a fan of Marilyn Monroe.
What did one tampon say to the other tampon?
Nothing, they were both stuck up bitches.
What do you call a blonde with two brain cells?
R-25 Not likely.
Did you hear about the gay security guard who got fired from his job at the sperm bank?
He got caught drinking on the job.
The height of Marilyn Monroe's intellectual curiosity was marrying Arthur Miller, obviously.
Intelligence manifests in many different ways. You don't have to be an astro-physicist or have a degree from Harvard to be intelligent.
MM was no dope. And if she appeared to be foolish at times, it was as much a result of other people's expectations of her as anything she did of her own volition.
The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
this is a fun thread
Man what a bunch of assholes, mocking a much-maligned woman. Mysoginists, the lot of you.
"War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.
Also: do you think the president will ever divorce Jackie and marry me?"
--Marilyn Monroe, 1961, to Dag Hammerskjold
"Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus: one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him. And what do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course!”
--Marilyn Monroe, to an interviewer for Photoplay magazine, 1955
Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.
- Marilyn Monroe
All thought must, directly or indirectly, by way of certain characters, relate ultimately to intuitions, and therefore, with us, to sensibility, because in no other way can an object be given to us.
- Marilyn Monroe
I like blue.
It's amazing to me that Marilyn Monroe found the time to write THE ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM between the filming of "Some Like It Hot" and "Let's Make Love," but somehow she did.
LMAO you people crack me up!
I meant stuff like this, which was posted by a facebook friend today:
“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.”
Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.
MM on the set of GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES in conversation with Jane Russell on embryological parallelism.
Jane's reply: I was about to say the same thing.
I so did not see this coming, but I love you all, dearly. I had a really rough day and revisited this thread I created and you guys are the best. Not even remotely helpful, but, the best nonetheless. I love you bitches.
According to Eli Wallach, she could go through/re-write a contract, like nobody's business.
What a dumb bitch!
"Does this dress make my butt look enormous? It does? GOOD!!!"
"I love blinking"
Why don't blondes use vibrators?
They chip their teeth.
- Marilyn Monroe
A lot of the quotes posted aren't from MM. It's just posters having a good time posting random quotes and attributing them to her. But R41's is an actual MM quote. Also:
“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.”
This particular quote has inspired Nicki Minaj's latest single. The first verse goes:
I can be selfish, get so impatient / Sometimes I feel like Marilyn Monroe / I'm insecure, yeah I make mistakes / Sometimes I feel like I'm at the end of the road / I can get low, I can get low / Don't know which way is up / I can get high, I can get high / Like I could never come down / Call it a curse or just call me blessed / If you can't handle my worst you ain't getting my best / Is this how Marilyn Monroe felt, felt, felt, felt? / Must be how Marilyn Monroe felt, felt, felt, felt
Arthur Miller said she was smart.
Oh god, is she the source of that quote at R49? ("If you can't handle me at my worst...") I see it get posted on Facebook walls all the time, and usually by people who seem to be trying to excuse their own awful crazy selfish behavior by talking about what a prize they are in reality or something...
E equals MC squared.
Or the letter between D and F."
- Marilyn Monroe
Ces grandes et éclatantes actions qui éblouissent les yeux sont représentées par les politiques comme les effets des grands desseins, au lieu que ce sont d'ordinaire les effets de l'humeur et des passions Ainsi la guerre d'Auguste et d'Antoine, qu'on rapporte à l'ambition qu'ils avaient de se rendre maîtres du monde, n'était peut-être qu'un effet de jalousie.
If I remember correctly, the Lee Strasberg family owns her image.
LOL! I love you all.
Bump it up
OP, unless she is a fan of classic films she likes MM because of her looks. Call her out and she'll shut it.
Marilyn was quite good at playing twisted characters, for instance, in Niagara and in Don't Bother to Knock.
To the person who claims Marilyn never read books... I don't believe it. She was married to Arthur Miller and had a book of her own poetry published after her death. I don't know about the quotes though... when I read those they seem like recent quotes made up by teenage girls. But I've read some decent, witty Marilyn poetry.
Marilyn Monroe did say all these things. She loved reading as strange it may seem to you!
As i found out she was an avid reader.
I've seen Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's quote ("Well behaved women seldom make history") attributed to Monroe several times.
* as strange as
The first quote was from Socrates. She may have been reading back one of his lines but she never came UP with those lines on her own.
In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.
“My illusions didn't have anything to do with being a fine actress, I knew how third rate I was. I could actually feel my lack of talent, as if it were cheap clothes I was wearing inside. But, my God, how I wanted to learn, to change, to improve!”
“I restore myself when I'm alone.”
― Marilyn Monroe
Subtle quotes of Marilyn~
[quote] The irony was that she was actually intellectually curious and did read contemporary and classic lit.
Oh honey, she couldn't even read her lines.
She was photographed reading books but not one person who knew her recalls discussing Ulysses or any other tome with her. No one recalls, "Marilyn and I were having a conversation about Sartre when she was called to the set."
I hate those snide comments some people made about Marilyn. You don't have to discuss a book you have read just for appearing to be clever or witty. Marilyn was shy, she was spiritual but shy and had a low self esteem despite the fact that she was a sex symbol.
You can be sexy and amorous and you can be shy in other aspects of your life. She was messed up, insecure and certainly she was not stupid just because she had issues with her lines in movies. Marilyn Monroe was a complicated human being.
Complicated, but no intellectual. Not a voracious reader of fine literature.
Sounds like she ripped the quote at R2 from Jesus.
Guys i beg you! Stop that!
She was more humble than you might think and you trash her because she received much publicity.
Press devoured Marilyn with praises and also by not so flattering comments. It wasn't her fault,
that she was and still is in the spotlight. People care about her.
She's dead, Jim
R75, sugar i'll pinch your nose, stop being so cynical!
I think it says a lot about young women that their hero is a woman that was famous for looking sexy, and made the barest of attempts at intellectualism.
All image, no substance.
I'm not going to be Miss Monroe's lawyer guys, no matter how hard you try to piss me off! Lol!
BUT i have to say that i'm convinced that she had substance. She was just unstable and desperate most of the time, but she had many glimpses of wisdom and not all people have them!
How can you say that she had no substance?
Haven't you seen her performance in
''The Misfits''? Are you blind?
Sorry, I have no idea how to properly direct a reply, but to [R77], her 'wisdom' that is so often repeated is essentially "Put up with me when I'm in a shitty mood". Not only is it about relationships (not exactly the most high-brow of philosophical inquiries), but it's actually quite a juvenile sentiment. Women only repost it because because it validates their shitty behaviour by redefining it as some sort of test of the sincerity of a man's affection for them.
Monroe is the most overrated, vapid celebrity of all time and that is saying something.....
R80 nails it!
Guys, i'll spank your asses. Fuck off!
I won't keep on answering back to all the crap you write about fragile Marilyn.
It always makes me sad when I hear gays being as hateful to women as most straight men are. The way Marilyn felt about herself and the level of insecurity she had are not uncommon in many women. Part of the reason is that it appears to be extremely difficult to get men to take them and their needs and thoughts and feelings seriously also the double standard is freely employed.
I do enjoy all the humor I find when I come here even the politically incorrect, but the way you guys jump on the predicable women bashing bandwagon is really fucked. It's shooting fish in a barrel. It's been done. Get better material.
I've read several biographies of her and this is what I found out. She worked on presenting herself as a sex goddess who had "depth" but it was mostly for show. She WANTED to be well-educated and informed but she wasn't.
She wasn't a reader but she had quite a few pictures taken of herself "reading" great books. She liked listening to records, talking on the telephone and going to parties. She hated television. She was average in intelligence. She didn't have a great mind. But she had that fantastic face and body that photographed so well and shone like a beacon on film. Those were her gifts.
Yes, R83 has the situation completely wrapped up.
Criticizing Monroe for only taking a superficial interest in higher cultural pursuits, and producing vapid, trite quotations, is criticizing all women everywhere.
It's hard being a woman. So hard, in fact, that they should be considered beyond reproach. So the next time some ditzy, empty-headed starlet makes a clumsy, image-oriented attempt to be showing reading a book, be convinced that what she is doing is the complete opposite of what it looks like to you. Because women deserve to be taken seriously, even when their actions clearly do not warrant it. To do otherwise is solely because you hate women.
"My cat's breath smells like cat food"- Marilyn Monroe
And did Mae West, Dotty Parker and Tallulah Bankhead really say everything attributed to them?
Tallulah was quite witty R87. I especially love her comment to the priest. It was something like "love the dress but your bag's on fire" talking about that incense thingie they carry up the aisle.
Did she even finish high school? Perhaps if she said anything profound Arthur Miller may have said it first. I think her most intelligent line was from The 7 Year Itch--"I keep my undies in the icebox!" I will say this though, since I live in southern California I resolved one day to find her grave in Los Angeles--people still leave flowers there to this day. If she were alive today she would be 86. John Kennedy would be 95.
[R80] You must be kidding, in the era of the Kardashians?? Or any so-called celebrities from "reality" television shows.
I blame that lachrymose old queen Elton John for alot of this "Marilyn as saint" stuff mainly with that icky, syrupy, maudlin song he wrote about her (so much for British "restraint"). She had a few talents, mostly physical and largely made up by the studio; luck was with her for a while. Joan Crawford is supposed to have said (about Marilyn) that she (Joan) had nice tits too but she didn't go around throwing them in everyone's face.
Marilyn was obviously attractive, but troubled.
I think her look as sexpot, and the whole sexpot bimbo dumb blonde etc idea was pushed as a societal backlash against stronger women both in the cinema and society.
“If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question, I've got to follow it through, what am I supposed to do, look intelligent?”
― Marilyn Monroe
“If you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”
― Marilyn Monroe
r85 your rant kind of makes a case for my point.
And yours proves mine
What point is that you wonder? How does it do that? Who knows. See, I too can use meaningless statements in place of actual reasoned-out arguments.
I think you are onto something r93, because many women during World War II started working in jobs that were traditionally thought of as male mainly due to the fact that so many men of working age were in the military. By the 1950s many (in corporations, government, the whole Hollywood propaganda machine) thought it was time for women to "step aside" or "go back to the home and hearth" so that the returning men could fill those jobs they had. In a sense the dumb blond image being projected as the ideal for women was supposed to help that along. In a sense it was an effort to dumb down women then later the dumbing down of America was broadened to the point at which we see it today. Homophobia has long been used as a kind of dumbing down of any given population at various points in history (part of the "us against them" mentality perhaps).
R83, Marilyn grew up in foster care and had been raped and molested as a child. There was mental illness in her family. She very dysfunctional and was damned lucky to have had the career she did.
Marilyn was not a deep person, and saying she wasn't is not dissing her. SO many people project so much shit on to this woman. Your fantasy is okay, but it's not mine.
"The sky was so blue that day"
-- Marylin Monroe
As it seems R83 hit a nerve guys and now you feel the urge to spill all your gall.
R84 you said ''Marilyn was not a deep person''.
How do you know it for sure where in fact there are many quotes of her that imply the opposite?
What if Marilyn got affected by other people's opinion? Was it a crime? No, on the contrary, she seemed to care and wanted to improve herself despite her profound unhappiness.
Guys, stop being so possessive about who told what and who is quoting who. We all affect each other, there is not exclusiveness in opinions and in points of view, if you think that, that's a fantasy. Nothing belongs to no one, not really...all is sharing.
"We all affect each other, there is not exclusiveness in opinions and in points of view, if you think that, that's a fantasy. Nothing belongs to no one, not really...all is sharing."
-- Marilyn Monroe
"Did she even finish high school?"
No, she didn't. She was married off at 16 to James Dougherty, in order to prevent her from going back to foster care.
Robert Mitchum said that she wasn't dumb, just uneducated. And that was probably the truth.
July 8, 1962
I've sucked a lot of dick to prevent a missile crises. I pray my cock gobbling skills have improved U.S./Soviet relations.
Oh, and if a little bald closet queen from the UK ever writes a bullshit song about me, I hope somebody has the sense to punch him in the dick.
I'll stop replying to this particular thread.
You can't persuade deaf people to listen to you.
After all, when you are already preoccupied, you speak or write without really giving a damn to hold in a positive light a person who really shined...
When you shine, it's something both physical and spiritual but what do you know really?
"I'm giving up philosophizing to act my way out of a whirlpool bra."
MM on the set of The Brothers Karamazov
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. - Marilyn Monroe, 1961
op is right. you'll often find these quotes of hers posted on Pinterest by mentally ill women. they relate to her unstable character and need for drama.
She was a great big fat person.
Was it William Goldman who wrote something to the effect that no one who makes it to the top of the heap in Hollywood and stays there is stupid.
Part one of Monroe's personal library sold at Christie's in 1999.
1) Let’s Make Love by Matthew Andrews (novelisation of the movie)
2) How To Travel Incognito by Ludwig Bemelmans
3) To The One I Love Best by Ludwig Bemelmans
4) Thurber Country by James Thurber
5) The Fall by Albert Camus
6) Marilyn Monroe by George Carpozi
7) Camille by Alexander Dumas
8 ) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
9) The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt-Farmer
10) The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
11) From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
12) The Art Of Loving by Erich Fromm
13) The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran
14) Ulysses by James Joyce
15) Stoned Like A Statue: A Complete Survey Of Drinking Cliches, Primitive, Classical & Modern by Howard Kandel & Don Safran, with an intro by Dean Martin (a man who knew how to drink!)
16) The Last Temptation Of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
17) On The Road by Jack Kerouac
18) Selected Poems by DH Lawrence
19 and 20) Sons And Lovers by DH Lawrence (2 editions)
21) The Portable DH Lawrence
22) Etruscan Places (DH Lawrence?)
23) DH Lawrence: A Basic Study Of His Ideas by Mary Freeman
24) The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
25) The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud
26) Death In Venice & Seven Other Stories by Thomas Mann
27) Last Essays by Thomas Mann
28) The Thomas Mann Reader
29) Hawaii by James Michener
30) Red Roses For Me by Sean O’Casey
31) I Knock At The Door by Sean O’Casey
32) Selected Plays by Sean O’Casey
33) The Green Crow by Sean O’Casey
34) Golden Boy by Clifford Odets
35) Clash By Night by Clifford Odets
36) The Country Girl by Clifford Odets
37) 6 Plays Of Clifford Odets
38) The Cat With 2 Faces by Gordon Young
39) Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
40) Part Of A Long Story: Eugene O’Neill As A Young Man In Love by Agnes Boulton
41) The Little Engine That Could by Piper Watty (pencil scrawls at end, possibly MM’s)
42) The New Joy Of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer & Marion Rombauer-Becker (with some cut recipes, page markers, a typed diet sheet and manuscript shopping list, apparently in MM’s hand, laid in)
43) Selected Plays Of George Bernard Shaw
44) Ellen Terry And Bernard Shaw – A Correspondence
45) Bernard Shaw & Mrs Patrick Campbell – Their Correspondence
46) The Short Reigh Of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck
47) Once There Was A War by John Steinbeck
48) Set This House On Fire by William Styron
49) Lie Down In Darkness (William Styron?)
50) The Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone by Tennessee Williams
51) Camino Real by Tennessee Williams
52) A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (with notes by MM)
53) The Flower In Drama And Glamour by Stark Young (inscribed to MM by Lee Strasberg, Christmas 1955)
54) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
55) The Story Of A Novel by Thomas Wolfe
56) Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe
57) A Stone, A Leaf, A Door (Thomas Wolfe?)
58) Thomas Wolfe’s Letters To His Mother, ed. John Skally Terry
59) A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
60) The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
61) Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
62) Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
63) Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
64) The American Claimant & Other Stories & Sketches by Mark Twain
65) In Defense of Harriet Shelley & Other Essays (Mark Twain?)
66) The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
67) Roughing It (Mark Twain?)
68) The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
69) A Death In The Family by James Agee
70) The War Lover by John Hersey
71) Don’t Call Me By My Right Name & Other Stories by James Purdy
72) Malcolm by James Purdy
73) The Portable Irish Reader (pub. Viking)
74) The Portable Poe – Edgar Allen Poe
75) The Portable Walt Whitman
76) This Week’s Short Stories (New York, 1953)
77) Bedside Book Of Famous Short Stories
78) Short Novels Of Colette
79) Short Story Masterpieces (New York, 1960)
80) The Passionate Playgoer by George Oppenheimer
81) Fancies And Goodnights by John Collier
82) Evergreen Review, Vol 2, No. 6
83) The Medal & Other Stories by Luigi Pirandello
84) Max Weber (art book – inscribed to MM by ‘Sam’ – Shaw?)
85) Renoir by Albert Skira
86) Max by Giovannetti Pericle
87) The Family Of Man by Carl Sandburg
88-90) Horizon, A Magazine Of The Arts (Nov 1959, Jan 1960, Mar 1960.)
91) Jean Dubuffet by Daniel Cordier
92) The Summing Up by W. Somerset Maugham
93) Close To Colette by Maurice Goudeket
94) This Demi-Paradise by Margaret Halsey
95) God Protect Me From My Friends by Gavin Maxwell
96) Minister Of Death: The Adolf Eichmann Story by Quentin Reynolds, Ephraim Katz and Zwy Aldouby
97) Dance To The Piper by Agnes DeMille
98) Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It by Mae West
99) Act One by Moss Hart
100) Science And Health With Key To The Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
101) Poems, Including Christ And Christmas by Mary Baker Eddy
102) 2 Plays: Peace And Lysistrata by Aristophanes
103) Of The Nature Of Things by Lucretius
104) The Philosophy Of Plato
105) Mythology by Edith Hamilton
106) Theory Of Poetry And Fine Art by Aristotle
107) Metaphysics by Aristotle
108-111) Plutarch’s Lives, Vols 3-6 only (of 6) by William and John Langhorne
112) Bound For Glory by Woody Guthrie
113) The Support Of The Mysteries by Paul Breslow
114) Paris Blues by Harold Flender
115) The Shook-Up Generation by Harrison E. Salisbury
Foreign-Language Texts And Translations
116) An Mands Ansigt by Arthur Miller
117) Independent People by Halldor Laxness
118) Mujer by Lina Rolan (inscribed to MM by author)
119) The Havamal, ed. D.E. Martin Clarke
120) Yuan Mei: 18th Century Chinese Poet by Arthur Waley
121) Almanach: Das 73 Jahr by S. Fischer Verlag
122) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
123) The Works Of Rabelais
124) The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust
125) Cities Of The Plain by Marcel Proust
126) Within A Budding Grove by Marcel Proust
127) The Sweet Cheat Gone by Marcel Proust
128) The Captive by Marcel Proust
129) Nana by Emile Zola
130) Plays by Moliere
131) The Life And Work of Sigmund Freud by Ernest Jones
132) Letters Of Sigmund Freud, ed. Ernest L. Freud
133) Glory Reflected by Martin Freud
134) Moses And Monotheism by Sigmund Freud
135) Conditioned Reflex Therapy by Andrew Salter
Gardening & Pets
136-137) The Wise Garden Encyclopedia, ed. E.L.D. Seymour (2 editions)
138) Landscaping Your Own Home by Alice Dustan
139) Outpost Nurseries – publicity brochure
140) The Forest And The Sea by Marston Bates
141) Pet Turtles by Julien Bronson
142) A Book About Bees by Edwin Way Teale
143) Codfish, Cats & Civilisation by Gary Webster
144) How To Do It, Or, The Art Of Lively Entertaining by Elsa Maxwell
145) Wake Up, Stupid by Mark Harris
146) Merry Christmas, Happy New Year by Phyllis McGinley
147) The Hero Maker by Akbar Del Piombo & Norman Rubington
148) How To Talk At Gin by Ernie Kovacs
149) VIP Tosses A Party, by Virgil Partch
150) Who Blowed Up The House & Other Ozark Folk Tales, ed. Randolph Vance
151) Snobs by Russell Lynes
152) The Form of Daily Prayers
153) Sephath Emeth (Speech Of Truth): Order Of Prayers For The Wholes Year In Jewish and English
154) The Holy Scriptures According To The Masoretic Text (inscribed to MM by Paula Strasberg, July 1, 1956)
155) The Law by Roger Vailland
156) The Building by Peter Martin
157) The Mermaids by Boros
158) They Came To Cordura by Glendon Swarthout
159) The 7th Cross by Anna Seghers
160) A European Education by Romain Gary
161) Strike For A Kingdom by Menna Gallie
162) The Slide Area by Gavin Lambert
163) The Woman Who Was Poor by Leon Bloy
164) Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson
165) The Contenders by John Wain
166) The Best Of All Worlds, Or, What Voltaire Never Knew by Hans Jorgen Lembourn (is this the same guy who later wrote a book about Marilyn?)
167) The Story Of Esther Costello by Nicholas Montsarrat
168) Oh Careless Love by Maurice Zolotow (MM biographer)
169) Add A Dash Of Pity by Peter Ustinov
170) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (filmed as A Place In The Sun)
171) The Mark Of The Warrior by Paul Scott
172) The Dancing Bear by Edzard Schaper
173) Miracle In The Rain by Ben Hecht (co-author of MM’s autobiography)
174) The Guide by R.K. Narayan
175) Blow Up A Storm by Garson Kanin (screenwriter on Let’s Make Love)
176) Jonathan by Russell O’Neill
177) Fowlers End by Gerald Kersh
178) Hurricane Season by Ralph Winnett
179) The un-Americans by Alvah Bessie (later wrote The Symbol, a novel loosely based on MM’s life)
180) The Devil’s Advocate by Morris L. West
181) On Such A Night by Anthony Quayle
182) Say You Never Saw Me by Arthur Nesbitt
183) All The Naked Heroes by Alan Kapener
184) Jeremy Todd by Hamilton Maule
185) Miss America by Daniel Stren
186) Fever In The Blood by William Pearson
187) Spartacus by Howard Fast
188) Venetian Red by L.M. Pasinetti
189) A Cup Of Tea For Mr Thorgill by Storm Jameson
190) Six O’Clock Casual by Henry W. Cune
191) Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong (the MM movie Don’t Bother To Knock was based on this novel)
192) The Gingko Tree by Sheelagh Burns
193) The Mountain Road by Theodore H. White
194) Three Circles Of Light by Pietro Di Donato
195) The Day The Money Stopped by Brendan Gill
196) The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins (Hollywood-set bestseller, featuring a Jean Harlow-based character, Rina Marlowe. Marilyn’s secretary, Margerie Stengel, recalls that Marilyn was reading a Robbins novel in her New York apartment in 1961.)
197-198) Justine by Lawrence Durrell (2 editions, possibly read during filming of The Misfits)
199) Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell
200) Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
201) The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
202) The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
203) Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dog by Dylan Thomas (Marilyn met Thomas in Shelley Winters’ apartment circa 1951)
204) Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place, by Malcolm Lowry
205) The Sound And The Fury/As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
206) God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
207) Anna Christie/The Emperor Jones/The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill (Marilyn played Anna in a scene performed at the Actor’s Studio in 1956)
208) The Philosophy Of Schopenhauer by Irwin Edman
209) The Philosophy Of Spinoza by Joseph Ratner
210) The Dubliners by James Joyce
211) Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
212) The Collected Short Stories by Dorothy Parker (Friend of Marilyn’s, lived nearby her Doheny Drive apartment in 1961)
213) Selected Works by Alexander Pope
214) The Red And The Black by Stendhal
215) The Life Of Michelangelo by John Addington
216) Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham (Niagara director Henry Hathaway wanted to f
257 and 258) Collected Sonnets by Edna St Vincent Millay (2 editions)
259) Robert Frost’s Poems by Louis Untermeyer (Marilyn befriended Untermeyer during her marriage to Arthur)
260) Poe: Complete Poems by Richard Wilbur (a 2nd copy?)
261) The Life And Times Of Archy And Mehitabel by Don Marquis
262) The Pocketbook Of Modern Verse by Oscar Williams
263) Poems by John Tagliabue
264) Selected Poems by Rafael Alberti
265) Selected Poetry by Robinson Jeffers
266) The American Puritans: Their Prose & Poetry, by Perry Miller
267) Selected Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke
268) Poet In New York by Federico Garcia Lorca
269) The Vapor Trail by Ivan Lawrence Becker (inscribed to Arthur by the author, there is also a note to MM)
270) Love Poems & Love Letters For All The Year
271) 100 Modern Poems, ed. Selden Rodman
272) The Sweeniad, by Myra Buttle
273) Poetry: A Magazine Of Verse, Vol.70, no. 6
274) The Wall Between by Anne Braden
275) The Roots Of American Communism by Theodore Draper
276) A View Of The Nation – An Anthology : 1955-1959, ed. Henry Christian
277) A Socialist’s Faith by Norman Thomas
278-279) Rededication To Freedom by Benjamin Ginzburg (2 copies)
280) The Ignorant Armies by E.M. Halliday
281) Commonwealth Vs Sacco & Vanzetti, by Robert P. Weeks
282) Journey To The Beginning by Edgar Snow
283) Das Kapital by Karl Marx
284) Lidice by Eleanor Wheeler
285) The Study Of History by Arnold Toynbee
286) America The Invincible by Emmet John Hughes
287) The Unfinished Country by Max Lerner
288) Red Mirage by John O’Kearney
289) Background & Foreground – The New York Times Magazine: An Anthology, ed. Lester Markel (a friend of MM)
290) The Failure Of Success by Esther Milner
291) A Piece Of My Mind by Edmund Wilson
292) The Truth About The Munich Crisis by Viscount Maugham
293) The Alienation Of Modern Man by Fritz Pappenheim
294) A Train Of Powder by Rebecca West
295) Report From Palermo by Danilo Dolci
296) The Devil In Massachusetts by Marion Starkey
297) American Rights: The Constitution In Action, by Walter Gellhorn
298) Night by Francis Pollini
299) The Right Of The People by William Douglas
300) The Jury Is Still Out by Irwin Davidson and Richard Gehman
301) First Degree by William Kunstler
302) Democracy In America by Alexis De Tocqueville
303) World Underworld by Andrew Varna
304) Catechism For Young Children (1936, so may be from Norma Jeane’s childhood)
305) Prayer Changes Things (1952, inscribed to MM – perhaps from Jane Russell?)
306) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (a second copy?)
307) The Magic Word L.I.D.G.T.T.F.T.A.T.I.M. by Robert Collier
308) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (a third copy?)
309) His Brother’s Keeper by Milton Gross (3-page extract from Readers’ Digest, Dec 1961)
310) Christliches ergissmeinnicht by K. Ehmann
311) And It Was Told Of A Certain Potter by Walter C. Lanyon (1922, a gift from Ana Lower. Several newspaper poems and prayers tipped in.)
312) Bahai Prayers (inscribed to MM, ‘Marilyn Monroe Maybeline. A gift for my darling Maybeline, with all my love, Charlzetta’ – dated 1961.)
313) Man Against Himself by Karl A. Menninger
314) The Tower And The Abyss by Erich Kahler
315) Something To Live By, by Dorothea S. Kopplin
316) Man’s Supreme Inheritance by Alexander F. Matthias
317) The Miracles Of Your Mind by Joseph Murphy
318) The Wisdom Of The Sands by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
319) A Prison, A Paradise by Loran Hurnscot
320) The Magic Of Believing by Claude M. Bristol
321) Peace Of Mind by Joshua Loth Liebman
322) The Use Of The Self by Alexander F. Matthias
323) The Power Within You by Claude M. Bristol
324) The Call Girl by Harold Greenwald
325) Troubled Women by Lucy Freeman (who later wrote Why Norma Jean Killed Marilyn Monroe)
326) Relax And Live by Joseph A. Kennedy
327) Forever Young, Forever Healthy by Indra Devi
328) The Open Self by Charles Morris
329) Hypnotism Today by Leslie Lecron & Jean Bordeaux
330) The Masks Of God: Primitive Mythology, by Joseph Campbell
331) Some Characteristics Of Today by Rudolph Steiner
332) Baby & Child Care by Dr Benjamin Spock (pub. 1958)
333) Flower Arranging For Fun by Hazel Peckinpaugh Dunlop
334) Hugo’s Pocket Dictionary: French-English And English-French
335) Spoken French For Travellers And Tourists, by Charles Kany & Mathurin Dondo
336) Roget’s Pocket Thesaurus, by C.O. Mawson & K.A. Whiting
337) What Is A Jew? by Morris Kertzer
338) A Partisan Guide To The Jewish Problem, by Milton Steinberg
339) The Tales Of Rabbi Nachman, by Martin Buber
340) The Saviours Of God: Spiritual Exercises, by Nikos Kazantzakis
341) The Prophet by Kahlil Gilbran (4th copy?)
342) The Dead Sea Scrolls by Millar Burrows
343) The Secret Books Of The Egyptian Gnostics, by Jean Doresse
344) Jesus by Kahlil Gilbran
345) Memories Of A Catholic Girlhood, by Mary McCarthy
346) Why I Am Not A Christian, by Bertrand Russell
347) Redemption & Other Plays by Leo Tolstoy
348) The Viking Library Portable Anton Chekhov
349) The House Of The Dead, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
350) Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
351) Best Russian Stories: An Anthology, ed. Thomas Seltzer
352) The Plays Of Anton Chekhov
353) Smoke by Ivan Turgenev
354) The Poems, Prose & Plays Of Alexander Pushkin
355) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (not in the Christies’ catalogue. But friends of MM recall her reading it as a young actress, and she had hopes of playing Grushenka. Her own remarks in interviews make it clear that she had read the novel.)
356) Our Knowledge Of The External World, by Bertrand Russell
357) Common Sense And Nuclear Warfare, by Bertrand Russell
358) Out Of My Later Years by Albert Einstein
359) Men And Atoms by William Laurence
360) Man Alive by Daniel Colin Munro (inscribed to Renna Campbell from Lorraine?)
361) Doctor Pygmalion by Maxwell Maltz
362) Panorama: A New Review, ed. R.F. Tannenbaum
363) Everyman’s Search by Rebecca Beard
364) Of Stars And Men by Harlow Shapley
365) From Hiroshima To The Moon, by Daniel Lang
366) The Open Mind by J. Robert Oppenheimer
367) Sexual Impotence In The Male, by Leonard Paul Wershub
Scripts And Readings
368) Medea by Jeffers Robinson
369) Antigone by Jean Anouilh
370) Bell, Book And Candle by John Van Druten
371) The Women by Clare Boothe
372) Jean Of Lorraine by Maxwell Anderson
373) The Sawbwa And His Secretary by C.Y. Lee
374) The Twain Shall Meet by Christopher Rand
375) Kingdom Of The Rocks by Consuelo De Saint-Exupery
376) The Heart Of India by Alexander Campbell
377) Man-Eaters Of India by Jim Corbett
378) Jungle Lore by Jim Corbett
379) My India by Jim Corbett
380) A Time In Rome by Elizabeth Bowen
381) London by Jacques Boussard
382) New York State Vacationlands
383) Russian Journey by William O. Douglas
384) The Golden Bough by James G. Frazer
385) The Portable Dorothy Parker
386) My Antonia by Willa Cather
387) Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather
388) The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers (befriended Marilyn when she first moved to New York)
389) The Short Novels Of Colette (A second copy?)
390) The Little Disturbances Of Man by Grace Paley
This is the end of the Christies’ list! Here are a few other books which weren’t included, but Marilyn was reported either to have read or owned them.
391) The Autobiography Of Lincoln Steffens (read during The Fireball)
392-403) Carl Sandburg’s 12-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln
404) The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery (Marilyn gave a copy to Joe after their wedding)
405) Poems Of W.B. Yeats (Marilyn read his poems aloud at Norman Rosten’s house)
406) Mr Roberts by Joyce Cary
407) The Thinking Body by Mabel Elsworth Todd
408) The Actor Prepares by Konstantin Stanislavsky
409) The Bible
410) The Biography Of Eleanora Duse, by William Weaver
411) De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Study Of Human Bone Structure) by Andreas Vesalius
412) Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
413) Gertrude Lawrence As Mrs A, by Richard Aldrich
414) Goodnight Sweet Prince by Gene Fowler
415) Greek Mythology by Edith Hamilton
416) How Stanislavsky Directs by Mikhail Gorchakov
417) I Married Adventure by Olso Johnson
418) The Importance Of Living by Lin Yutang
419) Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (read during All About Eve)
420) Psychology Of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud
421) The Rains Came by Louis Broomfield
422) The Rights Of Man by Thomas Paine (read during Some Like It Hot)
423) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
424) To The Actor by Michael Chekhov (Marilyn’s acting teacher from 1950-1955)
425) Dr Newman, M.D. by Leo Rosten (Novel based on Dr Ralph Greenson’s as an army doctor in Korea. Marilyn was said to be reading this on the week of her death. A film based on the book was released in 1963.)
426) Songs For Patricia by Norman Rosten (posted by Paju)
427) A Lost Lady by Willa Cather (Marilyn hoped to film this with her production company. But an earlier adaptation was so disappointing to the author, that she withdrew the film rights.)
428) Lust For Life by Irving Stone
429) The Deer Park by Norman Mailer (Hollywood-based novel. Marilyn commented on the book, ‘He’s too impressed by power, in my opinion.’ Mailer tried unsuccessfully to meet Marilyn, and after her death wrote several books on her.)
431) Focus by Arthur Miller (A novel, Marilyn’s favourite work by him)
432) Plays by Arthur Miller
433) Poetry by e.e.cummings (Arthur bought Marilyn a copy when they first met in 1951)
434) Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman
435) Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas (When Marilyn was at Parkside she enjoyed listening to a radio broadcast of UMW with Richard Burton as the narrator. She told Jack Cardiff about and he bought her a copy)
436) ’The Collected Lakeland Poets’
"Dumb as a fox." as Shelley Winters would say about her former roommate and friend.
R110-R115, very kind and sweet of you that you took all this time and you post all this interesting info about Marilyn.
"It's just as easy to poop in a toilet as it is in a store."
- Marilyn Monroe
Monroe's "personal library" doesn't mean a thing. A lot of people OWN books, but don't actually read them. By all accounts, Marilyn Monroe was not a reader. She liked talking on the phone, listening to records, going out to clubs and parties. She hated television. But she wasn't intellectually inclined, not at all. She wanted people to believe she was more than a dumb blonde, but she didn't have much intellectual curiousity. All those pictures of her "reading" were just for show.
All you need to know about Marilyn Monroe is that SHE WAS A GEMINI
My sincere apologies about the length of the list of books, but I wanted to show that Marilyn was much smarter than most people like R119 give her credit for.
As for the book reading being show, I know several people who own some of those books and they were certainly well-read. Some had notations, insights and questions written by Marilyn in the margins.
I suggest people who are curious pick up a copy of "Fragments - Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe" Buchthal & Comment OR MM-Personal from the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner with photographs by Mark Anderson.
Both will help prove that "Marilyn Monroe" was the creation of a very smart, but emotionally troubled woman named Norma Jeane Baker.
[quote]De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Study Of Human Bone Structure) by Andreas Vesalius
I'm sure she read this very carefully.
To quote a song Monroe recorded for RCA-Victor, "You'd be Surprised" R122.
Marilyn had a great understanding of human nature. In her last interview with Life Magazine, as the reporter left her MM's house, she said "Please don't make me a joke". She knew that mean minded people like the posters on this site were only to happy to make her into the punchline of their unfunny jokes!
Look at the YOutube interview with Amy Greene whose house MM lived in with Greene and her husband Milton, with for a couple of years in the 50s and Ms Greene says that yes, MM did read those books, knew she was uneducated and wanted to learn, was a slow reader but absorbed what she was reading.
Oh GOD, when will this non-stop Marilyn Monroe veneration fucking stop? Every week a new TV show, movie, TV movie, book, and DVD retrospective comes out about this actress who's been dead for FIFTY YEARS.
Is it just because fat girls with no personality have a celebrity they can relate to?
Of course she didn't read all those books. It's ridiculous to think that she did. Monroe's life has been well-documented, and she was NOT a voracious reader. But she did attempt to make people think she was interested in art and literature and philosophy and "serious" subjects like that. She had photographs taken of her "reading." She married Arthur Miller and met literary figures through him. She was probably not as dumb as most people thought, but she sure wasn't as intellectual as she wanted to appear.
Well played, OP, well played.
Mind the shoes upon the table.
Often times, movie lines get mistaken for personal quotes.
Granted, delivery makes the line.
Jesus H. Christ, someone can read Joyce, Hemingway, and Steinbeck. It doesn't mean they're the next intellectual giant in waiting. Nor does it mean they're pretending to be something they're not.
Having an interest in literature used to be a baseline trait, like having an interest in movies or enjoying music. Only now do we analyze and disassemble someone's character because they've picked up a book.
It's easy to smile and wave to your adoring fans. But she treated many people in her life horribly. A real Jekyll & Hyde personality, and they never knew which one was going to emerge.
She had deep, hateful grudges against Hollywood and others she felt had done her wrong. Her chronic lateness and flubbing of lines were her revenge on Them. After all those movies, she died almost penniless.
R131, i don't think it's easy to smile and wave to fans for all stars. There are numerous famous people who hate it and show it!
'She treated many people in her life horribly'
Like who R131? Most of the time, they treated her horribly, wake up!
[quote]Her chronic lateness and flubbing of lines were her revenge on Them. After all those movies, she died almost penniless.
Her lateness was more from insecurities than revenge. The flubbing of lines was could have been several reasons. If she didn't believe in the words. If she felt the scene wasn't working to her best advantage. If she didn't like her leading man (Tony Curtis.) "The Misfits" was definitely over-medication due to her marriage to Arthur Miller falling apart. And "Something's Got to Give" was due to the constant rewriting of scenes, sometimes the night before shooting.
The reason she died "penniless" is because Marilyn spend money like water, but on services and staff rather than possessions. Also, her income from "Some Like it Hot" and "The Misfits" was paid to Marilyn Monroe Productions and she drew a salary. And she also supported Miller during their marriage and even renovated their home and GAVE it to him in the divorce. And with her resigning to finish "Something's Got to Give" in October of 62 with a $500,000 salary, she wouldn't have been "penniless" long.
"Like who R131?"
Um, read Arthur Miller's "After The Fall" for a thinly veiled look at how she treated men who failed to live up to her Mythical Daddy ideal.
And how about the people who generously took her in as her mother sank deeper into mental illness? In interview after interview she erased people who had offered their homes, money and guidance to the motherless child from birth to age 16. Many of them were hurt and bewildered by her efforts to gain a few pity points with the public, with her mostly fictional Horatio Alger stories.
Yes, she was in an orphanage for a while. But it was a clean, well-run place.
Joe tried to love her but she was unable to accept love and died alone. Marilyn only glommed onto chilly, user-types. 'Birds of a feather'...
Check the link to watch Marilyn explain the Theory of Relativity to Albert Einstein
[quote]In interview after interview she erased people who had offered their homes, money and guidance to the motherless child from birth to age 16. Many of them were hurt and bewildered by her efforts to gain a few pity points with the public, with her mostly fictional Horatio Alger stories.
I'd be very interested to know exactly who you are referring to R134 and from what sources.
Marilyn didn't erase anyone from her childhood out of resentment or anger, but to protect them from the prying media. She didn't name names or would fudge facts to protect these people. They had no inside gossip about her upbringing which is the only thing the press was trying to dig up.
The Bolender family with whom she lived from two weeks until seven years were a deeply religious and private family that took in foster children. Norma Jeane led a very comfortable and stable life with them and had her mother not objected, they would have adopted her and Marilyn Monroe never would have existed. She knew that they would be uncomfortable around the media which was quite evident in their one televised interview.
After leaving the Bolenders and her mother's 1934 commitment to a mental institution, the two main women in Norma Jeane's life were Grace Goddard, Gladys Baker's BFF, and Ana Lower, Goddard's aunt. While Norma Jeane did live with numerous families while growing up, they were either blood relatives (the Monroes), relatives of Goddard/Lower (the Atchinsons and Knebelcamps) or close family friends (the Giffins and Howells.) And two of those relocations were due to natural disasters. The 1933 LA earthquake and 1938 SFV flood.
And while in the orphanage for nine months (not two years), court documents show Goddard gave Norma Jeane clothes, toys, trips and anything else to make her as comfortable as possible. Lower died in 1948 and Goddard in 1953. Marilyn stayed very close with both women till their deaths and gifted Goddard's husband her bedroom suite and other furniture after marrying DiMaggio.
Monroe lost contact with most of these people after she moved to New York City in late 1954 and returned to LA only to film, except the last year of her life. By then, many of them were either elderly or deceased or scattered across the country.
R134 i find your critic rather cruel. How are you so sure about your point of view? You speak as everything you say is a fact. How can you discern truth from lies so easily? Marilyn could give love but Miller was not as good to her as you think that he was. I have read that he was ashamed of her when he was in company with his 'cultured friends' and she was around. Marilyn got that, got hurt by that and finally didn't like it. You blame her for that?
Arthur Miller was not perfect either. I find it very annoying that he blames Marilyn for his own incapability to love more his woman. I bet Marilyn gave him great sex, what a hypocrite he was! When a plain man like him can't satisfy a woman like Marilyn, so...Marilyn must be the problem eh? How convenient!
"Marilyn was academically smart"
No, she wasn't. She was a high school dropout. Robert Mitchum said this about her: "she wasn't dumb, she was uneducated." When she became famous for being a "dumb blonde (she was superlative at playing brainless blondes) she tried to make it seem like she was intellectually inclined, but that was far from the case. She wasn't a reader. She liked talking on the phone, going to parties and listening to records. She had a very ordinary intelligence. And what's the big deal about that? Hollywood stars don't tend to be the most educated, intellectual people in the world.
Sometimes, i mean very often in here people speak as if they are gigantic jerks. I'm tired, so fucking tired of giving my fucking right point of view to wrong people.
Marilyn Monroe meets British poet Dame Edith Sitwell, 1950s
It often amazes me how contemporary Marilyn's beauty/look is. I guess that's why she remains timeless. Take for example, twentysomething Liz Taylor. Her look was 1950s specific. A woman looking like her today would look like she was going to a retro '50s party or something, whereas someone like Marilyn could still pull it off today.
Marilyn, off the record, to a reporter friend as she was about to get married to Joltin' Joe:
"I've sucked my last cock!"
She got into UCLA and studied literature and art appreciation there. Who r u to judge someone u don't know well and call them not smart? I'm sure she was smarter than most of you here.
The gossip columnist Earl Wilson knew Marilyn Monroe, interviewed her quite a few times, socialized with her on occasion. He considered writing a book about her, but didn't want to get into certain unpleasant subjects like her mental instablity and her relationship with the Kennedys. He did write a chapter about her in one of his books. He said this about her:
"No other superstar was capable of arousing men and women to such anger and jealousy and exhilaration. Consider that literary genius Arthur Miller married a girl who said "antidotes" when she mean "anecdotes" and once asked a friend, while she was writing a letter, "How do you spell 'were'?" Her friends forgave her for having so little information because she had so many other things."
Truman Capote said Marilyn was one of the three best conversationalists he'd ever met.
I forget who the other two were. But they weren't dummies!
People project all sorts of things on to Monroe--she was barely educated and a severe neurotic cripple, but there are nevertheless a lot of people who want to pretend that she was the intellectual equal of a full professor at Yale.
It's not enough that she was wonderfully beautiful and charming beyond compare--she has to be all these other things as well.
152: I beg to disagree. I don't think Marilyn looks contemporary at all in that pic. She looks very 1950s in that a mask of heavily-applied makeup.
Her makeup may be heavy, but her mouth and eyes and bold open look was pretty unique and modern.
We all know she had a thousand "looks", she was probably the most expressive still photo model of all time.
R152 Liz Taylor's beauty seems so 50's specific because that is the only decade in which she was truly beautiful.
r157 I tend to agree with all you say, but neurotics can certainly be very observant and witty. Let's give her that, along with her other gifts.
I always thought Marilyn's look was specific to her time. She was usually VERY heavily made up with lots of lipstick and had that very unnatural looking blonde hair.
I really didn't like her "sixties" look, the way she looked shortly before she died. Think the Bert Stern pictures of her; the dry white hair, the white eye shadown, the heavy black eyeliner, the red lipstick. To me, she looked like she was made up by a mortician. Very unnatural-looking, very artificial.
Marilyn Monroe jogging in an alley in Hollywood, 1951.