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Marilyn Monroe On Her Career

Guest Author - Danielle Hollister

Marilyn On Her Career

  • "I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else."

  • "It's funny, but I've never thought of being anything but an actress."

  • "To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I'm working on the foundation."

  • "I felt I belonged for the first time in my life, I had the feeling that the people seeing me were accepting me and liking me. This is what I've always wanted, I guess. That's why, without realizing the full meaning of what I was saying, I told Joe that for the first time I felt like I was a movie star."

  • "A career is wonderful thing, but you can't snuggle up to it on a cold night."

  • "A career is born in public -- talent in privacy."

  • "My work is the only ground I've ever had to stand on. I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation--but I'm working on the foundation."

  • "I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, "There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest."

  • "There was my name up in lights. I said, 'God, somebody's made a mistake.' But there it was, in lights. And I sat there and said, 'Remember, you're not a star.' Yet there it was up in lights."

  • "Only the public can make a star. It's the studios who try to make a system out of it."

  • "I'm going to be a great movie star some day."

  • "If I'm a star, then the people made me a star."

  • "It stirs up envy, fame does. People feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you - and it won't hurt your feelings - like it's happening to your clothing."

  • "With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else's ideas about you, but what's important is how you feel about yourself - for survival and living day to day with what comes up."

  • "If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere."

  • "It might be kind of a relief to be finished."

  • "You sit alone. It's night outside. Automobiles roll Sunset Boulevard like an endless string of beetles. Their rubber tires make a purring high-class noise. You're hungry, and you say, 'It's not good for my waistline to eat.' There's nothing finer than a washboard belly."

  • "With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else's ideas about you, but what's important is how you feel about yourself - for survival and living day to day with what comes up."

  • "Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, Fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle."

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