Remembering Marilyn Monroe

It’s hard to believe but on this very day, June 1, we celebrate what would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday. An actress, singer, model, and the ultimate sex symbol, she is a legend who still remains one of the most popular Hollywood icons. Many of her favorite quotes like ’Give a girl the right shoes and she will conquer the world’ or ’Do not worry, and worry’ inspire millions of women.

Many remember her as a beautiful girl with platinum blonde curls in a sexy white dress. This is probably one of the most famous images she created...but was she really like that?

We here at Bright Side decided to share some facts that will show you the other side of Marilyn: the real Marilyn Monroe.

  • Marilyn never finished high school. However, she read a lot. She had more than 400 books in her library, including works of Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust, and Russian classics.

’We beautiful women are obliged to seem foolish so as not to disturb men.’
  • She wrote poems — brief, free verse compositions.
  • Marilyn donated a lot. In 1957 she gave the money she earned from the world premiere of The Prince and The Showgirl to The Milk Fund for Babies. Even after her death, she continues to help children. In her will, 25% of her estate was donated to a children’s clinic.
  • Marilyn wanted children so badly that Allan Snyder, her friend and personal make-up artist, once said, ’She loved children so much, she went for them all. If she’d had one of her own to care for, to grow up with, I’m sure it would have helped her immensely.’
’A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.’
  • The world’s best-known blonde girl wanted to become a serious dramatic actress.
’I’m tired of sex roles. I don’t want to play sex roles anymore. An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.’
  • There were times when she tried to change her image of the ’dumb pretty thing’ - she started appearing in public without makeup, in blue jeans and a sweatshirt, just the way she liked it, not in order to please someone.
’Honestly, I don’t need someone who sees the good in me. I need someone who sees the bad in me and still wants me.’

Marilyn Monroe with her second husband, Joe DiMaggio.

  • Fox Studios’ biggest star was underpaid, with a salary of $1,500 a week when movies were making ten times that amount. Being unsatisfied with the situation, Marilyn left Hollywood for a year.
  • During that time, she founded her own production company named ’Marilyn Monroe Productions.’
  • In 1954 she won the ’Most Popular Female Star’ award; in 1960 the Golden Globe award for Best Actress.
  • In 1960 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
’We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.’
  • The actress stood up for social equality and fought against racial discrimination.
  • In her last interview Marilyn asked the reporter to finish the article about her with these words:
’What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers. Please don’t make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.’
Preview photo credit Gabriel T Toro / behance
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