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Posted by: Robby Feb 22 2006, 06:53 PM

There isn't enough upper lip between the end of your nose and your mouth.
- Emmeline Sniveley to Norma Jeane Dougherty

I got a cold chill. This girl had something I hadn't seen since silent pictures.
She had a kind of fantastic beauty like Gloria Swanson, when a moviestar had to look beautiful,
and she got seks like Jean Harlow.
- Leon Shamroy, on MM's first screentest 1946

When you look at Marilyn on the screen, you don't want anything bad to happen
to her. You really care that she should be allright ... Happy.
- Natalie Wood

Marilyn's insecurities screamed out of her.
If she had a an eight o' clock date, I had to be there at noon to start on her.
If I was two minutes late she would be furious, though she thought nothing of
keeping others waiting for hours or days.
- George Masters

This is a little kid who wants to be with other little kids sucking lollipops
and watching rollercoaster, but she can't because they won't let her.
She's frightened to death of that the public which thinks she is so sexy.
My God, if they only knew!
- Allan 'Whitey' Snyder

She was not the usual movie idol. There was something democratic about her.
She was the type who would join in and wash up the supper dishes even if you
didn't asked her.
- Carl Sandburg

We were in mid-flight, and there was a nut on the plane.
- Billy Wilder on MM and the shooting of 'Some Like It Hot'

Posted by: Tara Feb 22 2006, 07:46 PM

"Nobody discovered her, she earned her own way to stardom."
-- Darryl Zanuck, president of 20th Century Fox

"She had a great natural dignity and was extremely intelligent. She was also exceedingly sensitive."
-- Edith Sitwell, poet

"Marilyn was an incredible person to act with...the most marvelous I ever worked with, and I have been working for 29 years."
Montgomery Clift

"The trouble with Marilyn was she didn't trust her own judgment, always had someone around to depend on. Coaches, so-called friends. Even me."
Allan 'Whitey' Snyder

"She's one of the few stars who don't act as if she's made it. She does not coast. She worked harder in Let's Make Love than she did in Clash by Night. She's still the same person."
Jerry Wald

"Do you remember when Marilyn Monroe died? Everybody stopped work, and you could see all that day the same expressions on their faces, the same thought: 'How can a girl with success, fame, youth, money, beauty . . . how could she kill herself?' Nobody could understand it because those are the things that everybody wants, and they can't believe that life wasn't important to Marilyn Monroe, or that her life was elsewhere."
Marlon Brando

Posted by: Robby Feb 22 2006, 08:54 PM

One of the most unappreciated people in the world.
- Joshua Logan

Marilyn is a dreamy girl. She's the kind who's liable to show up
with one white shoe and one black shoe.
- Jane Russell

When she's there, she's there. All of her is there! She's there to work.
- Clark Gable

There's a broad with a fututre behind her.
- Constance Bennet

I had always thought that all those amusing remarks she was supposed
to have made for the press had probably been manufactured
and mimeographed by her press agent, but they weren't.
She was a very bright person, an instinct type.
- Photographer Eliott Erwitt

She's worth all the trouble.
- Joshua Logan to Laurence Olivier

Posted by: Tara Feb 22 2006, 11:12 PM

"To have survived, she would have had to be either more cynical or even further from reality than she was. Instead, she was a poet on a street corner trying to recite to a crowd pulling at her clothes."
-Arthur Miller

"Marilyn is as near a genius as any actress I ever knew. She is an artist beyond artistry. She is the most completely realized and authentic film actress since Garbo. She has that same unfathomable mysteriousness. She is pure cinema."
-- Joshua Logan, director of Bus Stop

"She went right down into her own personal experience for everything, reached down and pulled something out of herself that was unique and extraordinary. She had no techniques. It was all the truth, it was only Marilyn. But it was Marilyn, plus. She found things, found things about womankind in herself."
-- John Huston, director of The Asphalt Jungle and The Misfits

Posted by: Charli Feb 23 2006, 11:26 PM

Still she hangs like a bat in the heads of the men who met her, and none of us will ever forget her.
-Sammy Davis, Jr.

Look at that face-she could be five years old.
-Laurence Olivier

I did know her, and out of that sentiment for her, I could never talk about her for publication.
-Marlon Brando

It may sound peculiar to say so, because she is no longer with us, but we were very close. Once when we were doing that picture together, I got a call on the set: my younger daughter had had a fall. I ran home and the one person to call was Marilyn. She did an awful lot to boost things up for movies when everything was at a low state; there'll never be anyone like her for looks, for attitude, for all of it.
-Betty Grable

Posted by: Robby Feb 24 2006, 09:42 AM

It's not fun being married to an electric light.
- Joe DiMaggio

Marilyn wanted only herself to look like Marilyn Monroe. But is he'd lived,
I think she wanted no one else to look anything like her and nothing or nobody
to detract from her.
- George Masters

She'd come out of our apartment in a shleppy old coat, looking
like my maid, and all the people would push her aside to get my
autograph. She loved it.
- Shelley Winters

It is my feeling that Marilyn looked forward to her tomorrows.
- Eunice Murray

Blonde and beautiful Marilyn Monroe, a glamourous symbol of the
gay, exciting life of Hollywood, died tragically Sunday. Her body
was found nude in bed, a probably suicide. She was 36. The longtroubled
star clutched a telephone in one hand. An empty bottle of sleeping pills
was nearby.
- The Associated Press, August 6, 1962

She stood life. he radiated life. In her smile hope was always present.
She glorified in life, and her death did not mar this final image.
She had become a legend in her own time. And in her death, took her
place among the myths of our century.
- John Kobal

Posted by: Charli Feb 24 2006, 01:37 PM

"With all her radience, she was shrouded in darkness"
-Arthur Miller

Posted by: marilyn Feb 25 2006, 10:33 PM

"She seemed very shy, and I remember that when the studio workers would whistle at her, it seemed to embarrass her."
Cary Grant, co-star in Monkey Business

"I did Niagara with her. I found her marvelous to work with and terrifically ambitious to do better. And bright. She may not have had an education, but she was just naturally bright."
Henry Hathaway, director of the 1952 film

"She represents to man something we all want in our unfulfilled dreams. A man, he's got to be dead not to be excited by her."
Jean Negulesco, director of How to Marry a Millionaire

"She saw herself drowning in Hollywood in 1955 and told her studio, 'I'm not just wiggling my behind.' Marilyn is not any one thing; she's multidimensional. As an actress, she has lots of imitators- but only Marilyn survives."
Eli Wallach, Marilyn's co-star in The Misfits

"I love Marilyn Monroe. I think she was the coolest blonde. I think like me she just didn't care what anyone thinks. She's happy. She's smiling. I don't know, I just always thought she was so beautiful and she just seemed, like, magical."
Paris Hilton

Posted by: Tara Feb 28 2006, 12:45 PM

"I know people who say 'Hollywood broke her heart,' and all that, but I don't believe it. She was very observant and tough minded and appealing, but she adored and trusted the wrong people. She was very courageous-you know the book Twelve Against the Gods? Marilyn was like that, she had to challenge the gods at every turn."
--George Cukor, director

"Marilyn always dreamt of being an actress. She didn't, by the way, dream of being just a star. She dreamt of being an actress. And she had always lived somehow with that dream. And that is why, despite the fact that she became one of the most unusual and outstanding stars of all time, she herself was never satisfied. When she came to New York, she began to perceive the possibilities of really accomplishing her dream, of being an actress."
--Lee Strasberg

"They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original."
--Billy Wilder

Posted by: Charli Feb 28 2006, 12:55 PM

"I have never met anyone as mean...or as fabulous on screen!"-
Billy Wilder....(I agree with the second thing he said!) rolleyes1.gif throb.gif biggrin.gif

Posted by: Tara Mar 2 2006, 07:02 PM

I don't think I have ever seen anyone so beautiful; I was enchanted by her manner and her wit, at once so masked, so ingenuous and so penetrating. But one felt a terrible unreality about her-- as if talking to someone under water. Bobby (Kennedy) and I engaged in mock competition for her; she was most agreeable to him and pleasant to me- but then she receded into her own glittering mist.

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Diary entry dated May 19, 1962 (on the night of JFK's birthday gala)

He was really fascinated by her, but that's like saying about someone who is so fascinated by animals that they put them in a cage so they can study them. In that sense you could say he loved her. He did have this great generosity in his work, although usually he never considered the needs of anyone else before himself. His gift to Marilyn, his great gift, was that he took her seriously in her work, and even professionally, too, up to a point. Marilyn was there more than anyone before had been. Lee adored her; at least he seemed to do anything to please her. She loved champagne, he got champagne. He didn't react like that with other people. His relationship with her was more complex than with the others. And at least she didn't ignore me.

Johnny Strasberg on his father and Marilyn


When I first met her she overwhelmed me. I had never met anyone like her. She possessed a quality that I would call almost feline-like. She also seemed totally at home with her own body. She let her emotions come through her body. What made her different, I wondered? Why do we worship her? There was something quite unique about her that caused you to watch her carefully, as though she was one of a kind, very precious. I found it fascinating to walk and talk with her. It was exciting though at the same time it undid me. I was aware I was in the presence of a great star. I had met other movie people in our home but I never had this 'wow!' feeling about anyone.

Joan Greenson, daughter of Dr Ralph Greenson

Posted by: ellen Mar 2 2006, 07:27 PM

oooooh tara love arthur's comment about the glittering mist birthdaymmsing_190_146.gif

Posted by: Tara Mar 2 2006, 07:49 PM

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oooooh tara love arthur's comment about the glittering mist birthdaymmsing_190_146.gif


Yeah I love that phrase too, it always comes to mind when I think of Marilyn on that night.

Posted by: Tara Mar 3 2006, 03:19 PM

Damnit, this shouldn't have happened! Something should have been done! She was cheap, an exhibitionist. She was never a professional, and that irritated the hell out of people. But, for God's sake, she needed help. She had all these people on her payroll. Where the hell were they when she needed them? Why in the hell did she have to die alone?

Joan Crawford, speaking to George Cukor on the night after Marilyn's death


There's no need now to argue her quality as an actress, or the degree to which she was a victim of a cruel system or her own worst enemy. What was clear, immediately, on hearing of her death, was the way in which this lovely girl had meant something, anything, to everyone- whether she liked it or not; whether she had the faintest idea of how to control the wild circus... People blamed Twentieth Century-Fox for Monroe's death, the studio that had at last run out of patience with her. And over the years, nearly every other segment of our society, from the federal government to the Mafia, has been listed among the suspects. But maybe that says more about the breadth of her appeal than actual lethal intent.

Film Critic David Thomson

Posted by: Tara Mar 4 2006, 07:21 PM

There was no such person as Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe was an invention of hers. A genius invention that she created, like an author creates a character. So when Marilyn Monroe put on a sequin dress and danced in the studio—I mean for hours she danced and sang and flirted, and did this thing. There is no describing what she did, she did Marilyn Monroe . . . And then there was the inevitable drop because she was someone who went very high up and very way down. And when night was over, she sat in the corner like a child with everything gone. But I wouldn't photograph her without her knowledge of it. And as I came with the camera, I saw that she was not saying no.

Richard Avedon

Posted by: SusenSkellington Mar 5 2006, 09:11 AM

"She was beautiful and untouched, it was as though she were just beginning."
-- Bert Stern

Posted by: Charli Mar 5 2006, 01:01 PM

I have the same problem as Marilyn. We attract people the way honey does bees, but they're generally the wrong kind of people. People who want something from us - if only our energy. We need a period of being alone to become ourselves.
-Montgomery Clift

She seemed to have a kind of unconscious glow about her physical self that was innocent, like a child. When she posed nude, it was 'Gee, I arn kind of, you know, sort of dishy,' like she enjoyed it without being egotistical.
-Elizabeth Taylor

Posted by: SusenSkellington Mar 13 2006, 09:44 AM

She will go on eternally.
--Jackie Kennedy

She's one of the few stars who don't act as if she's made it. She does not coast. She worked harder in Let's Make Love than she did in Clash by Night. She's still the same person.
--Jerry Wald

Joe DiMaggio may not have made a good husband for Marilyn, but no one cared more for her. He was always, before the divorce, and after the divorce, her best friend.
--Allan 'Whitey' Snyder

Posted by: Tara Mar 15 2006, 09:20 PM

Her life has become a roadmap, a study for other actresses. She has made every actress since her time aware of her. She's a light that can't be denied. She's a kind of unidentifiable artist. She's not just a sex symbol but a symbol for every actor to follow because she never gave up, nothing was enough, she had to go on to be the best. She had become a kind of buoy to remind us of the dangerous rocks in the water.

Beverly D'Angelo
Actress best known for her roles in Hair and as country singing legend Patsy Cline in Coal Miner's Daughter
(D'Angelo also once played Marilyn Monroe in a Canadian radio play, "Hey, Marilyn!")

Posted by: Tara Mar 20 2006, 07:21 PM

Juliette Lewis on playing Marilyn in 'Room To Rent'....

"For the role I wanted to be overly feminine, taking care how to sit, how to carry your shoulders, the lip quiver. I really liked being a blonde except for the root tinting. I played around with my voice, softened it, because mine is very low. "

"Impersonators tap into the cliché of the person, I think Marilyn Monroe was a very intelligent person who knew what she was doing, she knew her comic skills. But socially she did put on that lip quiver and that dizzy blonde act and I think when I played it, it was so comfortable to do. You don't have to engage in an intellectual way with people, you can hide behind this dizzy veneer and its also very disarming to people around you. I connected to the champagne buzz aspect of Marilyn."

Posted by: Tara Apr 12 2006, 07:15 PM

I took her as a serious actress before I ever met her. I think she's a great comedienne, but I also think that she might turn into the greatest tragic actress that can be imagined.
Arthur Miller

I had always thought that all those amusing remarks she was supposed to have made for the press had probably been manufactured and mimeographed by her press agent, but they weren't. She was a very bright person, an instinctive type.
Photographer Elliott Erwitt

Miss Monroe is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time. She is simply superb. Miss Mansfield I've never seen.
Vladimir Nabokov, when asked his opinion of America's sex symbols

In one sense, then, her life is completed, because her spirit is formed and has achieved itself. No matter what unpredictable events may be in her future, they cannot change who she is and what she has become.
Maurice Zolotow, 1960

She was a difficult woman, you know. We liked her and we said the nicest things about her and she deserved them; but, she was trouble and she brought that whole baggage of emotional difficulties of her childhood with her.
Norman Rosten

Posted by: Robby May 28 2007, 02:38 PM

Let's share quotes about Marilyn! Not things she said, but things people said about her. I hope there isn't already a topic for this.

I miss Jayne and Marilyn. Jayne was a wide-open, fun-loving type whose candle too soon burned out, though she is not the subject of a song like Marilyn. - Mamie van Doren

When you look at Marilyn Monroe on the screen, you don't want anything bad to happen to her. You really care that she should be allright. - Natalie Wood

A lady from way back ... Quiet, gentle, gracious, and the sort of girl you'd like to bring home and say, 'Mama, this is Marilyn.' - Henry McLemore

One of the most unappreciated people in the world. - Joshua Logan

When she's there, she's there. All of her is there! She's there to work. - Clark Gable

Look at that face! She could be five years old - Laurence Olivier

She was a difficult woman, you know. We liked her and we said the nicest things about her and she deserved them; but, she was trouble and she brought that whole baggage of emotional difficulties of her childhood with her - Norman Rosten

Posted by: Tara May 28 2007, 03:53 PM

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Let's share quotes about Marilyn! Not things she said, but things people said about her. I hope there isn't already a topic for this.


Actually there is Robby - and you started it! Anyway perhaps the mods can merge these threads:

http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/index.php?showtopic=9667

Here are some more:

"Marilyn wasn't awkward when she was on the set. She had a sense of humor and she didn't take herself seriously around the crew. I mean, she wasn't any prima donna, and she was full of fun, but she was also looking for that escape. To me, that whole picture was a series of her thinking, "I'm gonna do it, I'm not gonna do it.' "

Gene Allen
Art Director
Something's Got To Give

"I think about Marilyn a lot now and I wonder if there's a heaven if we'll be together. She had all the beauty that God could bestow but then He took it away. He let us live and He took Marilyn away... I loved Marilyn."

Shelley Winters in her last conversation with John Gilmore
'Inside Marilyn Monroe'

"Marilyn really cared about learning. The day before the dinner party, Marilyn told me, 'I want to be in touch, Pat -- I want to really know what's going on in the country.' She was especially concerned about civil rights -- she really cared about that. She had a list of questions prepared. When the press reported that Bobby was talking to her more than anyone else, that's what they meant. I saw the questions and I knew what they were talking about. She identified with all the people who were denied civil rights."

Pat Newcomb
Monroe publicist


"Marilyn was a terrifically nice person, really -- fun to talk with, warm and interested in serious issues."

Ed Guthman
Special Assistant for Public Information, Senior Officer Justice Department


"She was a marvellous actress with a lively personality. Her life cannot have been very happy, but she always succeeded in appearing happy and serene."

Sophia Loren


"When I said goodbye, she returned to the task she was engaged in when I arrived. There was an array of photos of her, contact sheets and prints all over the floor, and she was making decisions about them. This was not, I thought, a shallow person, and I was sorry I never really knew her. She was a woman who made distinctions, who thought about her life, who knew the difference between sham and reality. She had depth. Of course, she was enormously complex and I had a sense of some real underlying suffering there. But at her best there was no one like her. The wounds with Fox were healed, and when I last saw her, she was like a young and beautiful starlet, eager to do a picture that now had real possibilities."

Peter Levathes
Executive Producer, Something's Got to Give
recalling the last time he saw Marilyn


"I had great respect for her as an artist and as a person. She was a lovely girl. She had a great mind. The girl's got character. The first sixteen years of her life was enough to floor most of us. She never fully realized herself. The best years for her were ahead of her, the best years were the years to come."

Carl Sandburg
from an article for Cavalier magazine by Julian Scheer


"She and Marilyn were quite different, but they had this in common: they were both extremely attractive, and they both had the knack of concealing what they knew. The comedy seemed quite natural, yet they knew exactly what they were doing."

George Cukor on Monroe and Harlow


"If it weren't for Grace, there'd be no Marilyn Monroe. Grace raved about Norma Jeane like she was her own. Grave said Norma Jeane was going to be a movie star. She had this feeling. A conviction. 'Don't worry, Norma Jeane. You're going to be a beautiful girl when you get big -- an important woman; a movie star.' "


Leila Fields, one of Grace's co-workers

"Grace was very perceptive. From this very early time she had the idea that Norma Jeane was going to be a movie star. And she did everything in her power to bring it about. Grace could have no children of her own, and so she lavished her affection on Norma Jeane, whom she considered to be as much or more hers than Gladys's."

Eleanor (Bebe) Goddard


"When I photographed Marilyn playing the roles of various women who were sex symbols of the past, she studied their work, saw their movies, analyzed their makeup and the way they moved and posed. She became very involved with each sitting. I remember our looking at the series of photographs in which she had posed as Jean Harlow. LIFE chose one, while she and I preferred another. Across the photograph that LIFE had chosen, she wrote, 'She (meaning Jean Harlow) wouldn't have liked this one.' Very sensitive to each of the women she was interpreting, she felt she knew exactly what Harlow would have liked as a pose or as a picture."

Richard Avedon

Posted by: Robby May 28 2007, 04:08 PM

Oh my God, I can't believe it laughing.gif, And I did search, though.

Posted by: Tara May 28 2007, 04:09 PM

It happens! I remembered the old thread because I liked it a lot.

Posted by: Robby May 28 2007, 04:11 PM

I like it too, that's why I probably started another one laughing.gif!

Posted by: Paju May 28 2007, 05:36 PM

Merged wink3.gif

Posted by: Tara May 28 2007, 05:55 PM

Thanks Paju!

Posted by: Tara May 30 2007, 08:06 PM

On the Forever Marilyn group they post a quote each day, and I like to collect them...

"It was after she said that she wanted to be in The Brothers Karamazov that she started going to the Actors Studio School in New York. She didn't do it for publicity. She is sincerely trying to improve herself, and I think that she should be admired for that. She could have sat her in Hollywood on her pretty little can and collected all the money any ordinary actress would ever want, but she keeps trying."

Billy Wilder

Posted by: Brigitte May 31 2007, 02:18 AM

I sat near her. She gulped wine by the glassful. When her name was called, she had to be helped out of her chair onto the stage. She accepted the award almost in a caricature of herself.
James Bacon on Marilyn Monroe at the 1962 Golden Globe Awards

She seemed to have a kind of unconscious glow about her physical self that was innocent, like a child. When she posed nude, it was 'Gee, I arn kind of, you know, sort of dishy,' like she enjoyed it without being egotistical.
Elizabeth Taylor

Posted by: Tara May 31 2007, 11:57 AM

"I am genuinely sorry not to be able to work with Miss Monroe. I am mercenary enough to know that with her in a picture, the chances of success are improved."

~ Gregory Peck, who was initially slated to costar opposite Marilyn in 'Let's Make Love'

Posted by: QueenNefertiti Jun 20 2007, 01:57 PM

"I took her as a serious actress before I ever met her. I think she's an a great comedienne, but I also think that she might turn into the greatest tragic actress that can be imagined." -Arthur Miller

"She'd come out of our apartment in a shleppy old coat, looking like my maid, and all the people would push her aside to get my autograph. She loved it." - Shelley Winters

"Look at that face-she could be five years old." - Laurence Olivier

"She will go on eternally." - Jackie Kennedy Onassis

"She seemed to have a kind of unconscious glow about her physical self that was innocent, like a child. When she posed nude, it was 'Gee, I arn kind of, you know, sort of dishy,' like she enjoyed it without being egotistical." - Elizabeth Taylor

Posted by: Robby Jul 8 2007, 03:28 PM

Here are some quotes from the Hometown Girl book!

There'll never be anyone like her - Emmeline Snively
She was just magnificent, breathtaking to look at - Sylvia Barnhart
She was the sexiest, better than anyone else - Earl Moran
It's a damn fine test, sign her up - Darryl Zanuck
She had enough books to start a library - Clarice Evans
I see a hundred actresses a week, they haven't got what she has - Johnny Hyde
Marilyn Monroe has more sexual vibrations than any woman I ever met - Tom Kelley
Her sexuality is something corked up in a bottle - Jerry Wald
She was one of the best pupils in the group - Lotte Goslar
She had great potential, and never realized it - Hal Schaefer
She was an unusual woman - ahead of her time. And she didn't know it - Ella Fitzgerald
I still have a scarf she gave me - Simone Signoret
She was quite adorable and fey - Dorothy Parker
Are you really Marilyn Monroe? - The Liemerts maid
There was an almost childlike quality about her - George Barris
Everyone knows how I feel - Joe DiMaggio (Upon her sudden death)


Posted by: ~TheGirl~ Jul 8 2007, 04:09 PM

Ive always loved the quote from Ella!

Posted by: princesshapnick Jul 14 2007, 12:14 PM

"Marilyn was definately something special. I enjoyed working with her. I liked her very much. We got along great. And I knew that she had problems and that she was not very happy. We were quite close but not close enough for her to discuss any problems she could have had at the time we made Some Like It Hot. She was a very troubled woman but with a big heart. Nobody could have played Sugar Kane better than Marilyn Monroe. She had a magic on film."
- Jack Lemmon

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Posted by: meztisa Jul 16 2007, 07:18 AM

The most heartfelt quote about Marilyn has to be made by Joe Dimaggio, who on his deathbed, his final words were, "I'll finally get to see Marilyn." throb.gif

Posted by: the.mmmm.girl Aug 31 2008, 02:49 PM

http://lifestyle.aolsvc.de/Starke-Abgaenge-Beruehmte-letzte-Worte-bekannter-Persoenlichkeiten-666930471-0.html (please click..WEITER..to see Joe)

Look what I found today on the German AOL homepage...famous last words!
And there is Joe DiMaggio who said that he now will meet Marilyn again....I am happy to see that their love will not be forgotten................... throb.gif

Posted by: meztisa Sep 2 2008, 03:18 AM

Haha biggrin.gif I just said that.

Posted by: Mezzo Sep 2 2008, 12:50 PM

"There are people so vivid in life that they seem not to disappear when they die, and for many weeks I found myself having to come about and force myself to encounter the fact that Marilyn had ended. I realized that I still, even then, expected to meet her once more, somewhere, sometimes, and maybe talk sensibly about all the foolishness we had been through - in which case I would probably have fallen love with her again."

"...she was a poet on a street corner trying to recite to a crowd pulling at her clothes."

Both quotes are from Arthur Miller, Timebends.

Posted by: Demos Kratos Sep 2 2008, 06:17 PM

QUOTE(Mezzo @ Sep 2 2008, 12:50 PM) *
"There are people so vivid in life that they seem not to disappear when they die, and for many weeks I found myself having to come about and force myself to encounter the fact that Marilyn had ended. I realized that I still, even then, expected to meet her once more, somewhere, sometimes, and maybe talk sensibly about all the foolishness we had been through - in which case I would probably have fallen love with her again."

"...she was a poet on a street corner trying to recite to a crowd pulling her clothes."

Both quotes are from Arthur Miller, Timebends.


Just...

Wow......

Posted by: meztisa Sep 4 2008, 08:49 PM

I have heard about Timebends. Many say it is very condescending towards Marilyn, as he often refers to her as a "child" and "mere girl".

Posted by: MissCaswell Sep 5 2008, 07:28 AM

I've read timebends. I think it was Norman Rosten who said of Arthur that he was more interested of people as a concept than of actual people, and I get the impression that he found Marilyn immensely interesting in terms of her emotional and psychological complexity...sometimes he seems strangely objective and analytical when he writes about her. I don't find much hearfelt love in his writings about her. And condescending, yes. After all, he was the intellectual of the two (or so he seems to look at things) rolleyes1.gif

Posted by: abeautifulchild Sep 5 2008, 10:23 PM

Oh yes yes yes, Erica I couldn't agree more! After the divorce a reporter asked Marilyn, "Do you think that Mr. Miller only married you because he saw you as an inspiration for his writing?" (how rude) and Marilyn said, "I'll only answer if you promise to print my answer in full." The reporter: "Yes, yes?!" Marilyn: "No comment."

So there you are...

Posted by: MissCaswell Sep 6 2008, 04:33 PM

I love the way Marilyn answered reporters sometimes! I think it's quite obvious he saw her as inspiration for his writing. Maybe he was in love with her in the beginning, but I don't think he could resist making up texts about her, and maybe that took over for him in the end.

Posted by: Bobby Sep 6 2008, 07:28 PM

Here's some W.J. Weatherby lines from his book, Conversations with Marilyn:

“Marilyn seemed to have a vitality that could transform everything. In her company one seemed to acquire a little of her urge to have a good time, against all the odds. I saw her in many moods but this quality stood out in the end.”

“She was an elusive individual who left unique, heavy memories.”


“Marilyn had an ability, unique in my experience, to appear to be what you wanted her to be and therefore the real person remained elusive. If you considered her a blonde bombshell, she’d play that for you but have no respect for you.”


Posted by: californiadude Sep 7 2008, 02:53 AM

All by Lindsay Lohan;

"She just had this glow about her, you know? Like, bam, she entered a room and everyone shut up, no one would say anything. Her beauty, even on paper, just seemed so amazing. I have pictures of Marilyn everywhere. I used to study her by watching her films. I think she is one of the most incredible actresses."

"I think so many people feel connected with to what all she went through, she was so beautiful yet such a good actress, too. A lot of people couldn't see beyond the hype and realize that she was really talented."

"It would be a dream to remake anything of hers, you know. Such an honor, to pay respect to her that way would be such an honor. If I could remake one of Marilyn's movies, I'd start with Niagara."

Posted by: abeautifulchild Sep 9 2008, 04:25 AM

"I don't think Marilyn really meant to harm herself. It was partly because she had too many pills available, then was deserted by her friends. You shouldn't be told you're completely irresponsible and be left alone with too much medication."
- Judy Garland

"It's difficult to write about Marilyn Monroe now that she is gone. The past tense just doesn't suit her somehow; she was too acutely alive. I knew her and was very fond of her. She was a strange, tormented, endearing girl, full of fun - a bravado fun, as though daring death to strike her down. Well, it did, finally. What can we say who saw her living in that shadow-land of loveless Hollywood? She who had such love in her heart - love for people, animals, birds, trees - had to die for lack of it! Who's to blame? I thought of blame, even though it's always too late."
- Norman Rosten

"That photograph with her holding the pillow was her favorite one. When she saw that photograph she said, 'Now don't you think that any man would love to be in bed with her?'"
- Douglas Kirkland

"The playwright Clifford Odets told me that she used to come over to his house and talk, but that the only times she seemed to him really comfortable were when she was with his two young children and their large poodle. She relaxed with them, felt no threat. With everyone else, Odets said, she seemed nervous, intimidated, frightened. When I repeated to Miller this remark about her with children and animals, he said, 'Well, they didn't sneer at her.'"

And my personal favorite, from Arthur Miller:

"As I was coming to the end of the writing of After the Fall, the horrifying news came that Marilyn had died, apparently of an overdose of sleeping pills.
There are people so vivid in life that they seem not to disappear when they die, and for many weeks I found myself having to come about and force myself to encounter the fact that Marilyn had ended. I realized that I still, even then, expected to meet her once more, somewhere, sometime, and maybe talk sensibly about all the foolishness we had been through- in which case I would probably have fallen in love with her again. And the ironic logic of her death did not help much: I could still see her coming across the lawn, or touching something, or laughing, at the same time that I confronted the end of her as one might stand watching the sinking sun. "
- Arthur Miller

Posted by: Alanma Oct 4 2008, 10:15 PM

'Dietrich made sex remote; Garbo made it mysterious; Crawford made it agonising; but Monroe makes it amusing.
Whenever a man thinks of Marilyn Monroe, he smiles at his own thoughts'.

.............Milton Shulman, film and theatre critic of the 'Sunday Express'

'She has the infuriatingly innocent face of a guilty 5 year-old'.

..............Sir Laurence Olivier during making of TPATSG [the full quote]

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