MARILYN Monroe would have celebrated her 95th birthday on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Marilyn Monroe would have celebrated her 95th birthday on Tuesday, June 1 2021Credit: REX
The seven best Marilyn Monroe quotes
‘A WISE GIRL KNOWS HER LIMITS, A SMART GIRL KNOWS SHE HAS NONE‘
An ode to female empowerment dating back to 1953.
It acts as a reminder of Marilyn‘s habit of marching to the beat of her own drum.
An icon of beauty and elegance, the Some Like It Hot star managed to shake up Old Hollywood and make it her own.
As one of the most popular sex-symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s, she wasn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd and quickly became an emblem of the era’s sexual revolution.
Her freedom of mind and body make her a major icon of pop culture, even today with the rise of feminism, following the #MeToo movement in 2017.
More than a sex-symbol, Marilyn has become a feminist icon for many generationsCredit: REX
‘I AM TRYING TO FIND MYSELF. SOMETIMES THAT’S NOT EASY‘
But there is more to Marilyn than her busty figure, unforgettable face and blond bombshell persona.
Norma Jeane Mortenson was born on June 1, 1926, to Gladys Pearl Baker and an unknown father.
Although her early childhood was stable and happy, her mother’s mental and financial unstable situations soon led her to become a ward of the state before being taken into an orphanage.
She frequently changed foster families and, therefore, was rarely in touch with her mother.
Despite lacking a close family circle, Marilyn has stated that it was her childhood experiences that pushed her to become an actress.
Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe came from a broken home and was rarely in touch with her motherCredit: REX
‘DREAMING ABOUT BEING AN ACTRESS IS MORE EXCITING THAN BEING ONE‘
Marilyn was quoted saying this in 1947.
At that time, two years before her breakout into stardom, she had managed to score a few modelling gigs and film roles.
This was long before her career decline in the early 1960s (following some turmoil in her love life and mental health problems) and strongly echoes the star’s thoughts on fame.
In her final interview, in July 1962, the tortured Hollywood legend confessed to finding fame “bizarre.”
she said to LIFE Associate Editor Richard Meryman: “When you’re famous, you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does.”
Marilyn had also made her loneliness clear during this last long talk.
The icon said: “I’ll think I have a few wonderful friends and all of a sudden, ooh, here it comes.
“They do a lot of things. They talk about you to the press, to their friends, tell stories, and you know, it’s disappointing.”
Even in her beginnings, Marilyn did not look at fame with fondnessCredit: REX
OTHER NOTABLE QUOTES :
Speaking in 1950 :
“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.”
Speaking in 1951 :
“We should all start to live before we get too old.”
Speaking in 1953 :
“Fear is stupid, so are regrets.”
And, finally, speaking in 1954 :
“A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.”
However, Marilyn has also been regularly misquoted.
Over the years, social media has attributed a series of words to the star such as: “if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best” or “it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring”.
No records explicitly show that the actress has ever said such words.