Just Marilyn Things

Commentary on Marilyn Monroe by those who did life with Norma Jean
  1. "This is a little kid who wants to be with the other little kids sucking lollipops and watching the rollercoaster, but she can’t because they won’t let her. She’s frightened to death of that public which thinks she is so sexy. My God, if they only knew."
    Allan “Whitey” Snyder
  2. "She’s worth all the trouble."
    Joshua Logan to Laurence Olivier
  3. "She walks like a young antelope, and when she stands up it’s like a snake uncoiling."
    Jerry Wald on early MM
  4. "She knows the world, but this knowledge has not lowered her great and benevolent dignity, its darkness has not dimmed her goodness."
    Edith Sitwell
  5. "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 all right…happy."
    Natalie Wood
  6. "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 ask her."
    Carl Sandburg
  7. "She looked like if you bit her, milk and honey would flow from her."
    Artist Franz Kline
  8. "She had such magnetism that if 15 men were in a room with her, each man would be convinced he was the one she’d be waiting for after the others left."
    Publicist Roy Craft
  9. "Marilyn is a dreamy girl. She’s the kind who’s liable to show up with one red shoe and one black shoe."
    Jane Russell
  10. "Marilyn Monroe is not a raving beauty, and her legs are too short for the rest of her."
    Laurence Willinger
  11. "Miss Marilyn Monroe calls to mind the bouquet of a fireworks display."
    Cecil Beaton
  12. "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
  13. "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
  14. "Marilyn didn’t use expressions like, ‘being made love to,’ she used a shorter, stronger word."
    Earl Wilson
  15. "Marilyn played the best game with the worst hand of anybody I know."
    Edward Wagenknecht
  16. "When she’s there, she’s there. All of her is there! She’s there to work."
    Clark Gable
  17. "Marilyn was so bright about acting. Her trouble was only that she’d get so scared she wasn’t going to be able to do it, and so tied up in knots, that then everyone thought she was dumb."
    Peggy Feury
  18. "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
  19. "Kissing her is like kissing Hitler."
    Tony Curtis
  20. "She had one long blonde hair on her chest that she wouldn’t let me cut off. She liked to play and fondle it. It was her security blanket."
    George Masters
  21. "There's a broad with her future behind her."
    Constance Bennett
  22. "She’s scared and unsure of herself. I found myself wishing that I were a psychoanalyst and she were my patient. It might be that I couldn’t have helped her, but she would have looked lovelv on a couch."
    Billy Wilder
  23. "It’s no fun being married to an electric light."
    Joe DiMaggio
  24. "Anyone who has ever felt resentment against the good for being the good, and has given voice to it, is the murderer of Marilyn Monroe."
    Ayn Rand
  25. "She would have been a very unfortunate woman, because she would have had to get a face lift and she’d have lost most of her beauty, I’m afraid. She would have continued to drink and would probably have not been very attractive anymore and trying to get character parts and not have been able to get them."
    Earl Wilson on Marilyn Monroe if she had lived to grow old
  26. "I did know her, and out of that sentiment for her, I could never talk about her for publication."
    Marlon Brando
  27. "This atrocious death will be a terrible lesson for those whose principal occupation consists in spying on and tormenting the film stars."
    Jean Cocteau
  28. Bless you, haunted beauty.
    This was Jessie's Halloween costume one year!