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What Did Marilyn's Fellow Actors Think of Her? Rare Quotes About M!

What Did Marilyn's Fellow Actors Think of Her? Rare Quotes About M!

:star: So what did some of Marilyn's peers have to think of her in life and in death? Here are some rare quotes by the people that knew Marilyn or worked with her in some way throughout her life.

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:star: ♦ "There isn't enough upper lip between the end of your nose and your mouth." ♦

---Emmeline Snively (her agent at Blue Book Modeling agency in the late 40's) to Norma Jeane Dougherty

♥ Tidbit: Emmeline was accredited for creating Marilyn's sensual pout. The whole time Marilyn would pose in a picture she was trying to make it look like there was more room between her nose and her upper lip & oua-lah you have the infamous Marilyn pout...funny huh?

Norma Jean Dougherty at Blue BookNorma Jean Dougherty at Blue Book
Rare modeling photoRare modeling photo
Can ya pic out Marilyn?Can ya pic out Marilyn?
Gorgeous Marilyn!Gorgeous Marilyn!
During Marilyn's screentestDuring Marilyn's screentest

:star: ♦ "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 movie star had to look beautiful, and she got sex on a piece of film like Jean Harlow." ♦

---Leon Shamroy, on MM's 1946 screen test

::I couldn't find the video, but there is a vid of Marilyn's actual screentest footage...I'll post it when I find it. Here's a longer one with the screentest footage in it! Enjoy!::


:star: ♦ "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


Marilyn and Carl Sandburg talking very deeply to one another.Marilyn and Carl Sandburg talking very deeply to one another.
Apparently Marilyn spilled openly to him about her deepest thoughts during this meeting.Apparently Marilyn spilled openly to him about her deepest thoughts during this meeting.

:star: ♦ "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 (famous poet & friend of Marilyn)


"Whitey" doing Marilyn's make-up on the set of Misfits"Whitey" doing Marilyn's make-up on the set of Misfits

:star: ♦ "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 (her make-up artist)


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

---George Masters (hair & make-up artist)


:star: ♦ "When she's there, she's there. All of her is there! She's there to work." ♦

---Clark Gable (worked with her on Misfits)


well-known artist Franz Klinewell-known artist Franz Kline

:star: ♦ "She looked like, if you bit her, milk and honey would flow from her." ♦

---Artist Franz Kline (didn't know M personally)

:star: ♦ "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 (co-star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)


Marilyn as Cherie in Bus StopMarilyn as Cherie in Bus Stop

:star: ♦ "One of the most unappreciated people in the world." ♦

---Joshua Logan (director of Bus Stop)


:star: ♦ "Hollywood, Broadway, the night clubs all produce their quota of sex queens, but the public takes them or leaves them; the world is not as enslaved by them as it was by Marilyn Monroe, because none but she could suggest such a purity of sexual delight." ♦

---Diana Trilling

:star: ♦ "I asked her where she lived, and when she said at the Studio Club, I was impressed because I knew that a girl who looked like that could have the biggest house in Beverly Hills, she could have whatever she wanted because men would give it to her. Therefore, if she lived at the Studio Club it was because she had character." ♦

---Ben Lyon on his 1946 meeting with Norma Jeane Dougherty


M's favorite photo of herself, taken by Cecil BeatonM's favorite photo of herself, taken by Cecil Beaton

:star: ♦ "Miss Marilyn Monroe calls to mind the bouquet of a fireworks display." ♦

---Photographer Cecil Beaton (M's photographer)

:star: ♦ "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

Design by William Travilla for Marilyn in GPB.Design by William Travilla for Marilyn in GPB.

:star: ♦ "On the surface, she was still a happy girl. But those who criticized her never saw her as I did, crying like a baby because she often felt herself so inadequate." ♦

---Bill Travilla (her dress designer)

:star: ♦ "Look at that face-she could be five years old." ♦

---Laurence Olivier (her co-star in Prince and the Showgirl)

Betty and MarilynBetty and Marilyn

:star: ♦ "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 (co-star in How to Marry a Millionaire)

Shelley WintersShelley Winters

:star: ♦ "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 (Marilyn's roommate at Fox Studios in their early days and later whom Fox tried to make into Marilyn when Marilyn didn't show up for her movie "How to Be Popular"--they used Shelley to try to scare Marilyn back into her contract obligations. They put Shelley in all of Marilyn's clothing and tried to make it look like they had replaced Marilyn. Really no one could replace Marilyn. Needless to say the scare tactic didn't work.)


:star: ♦ "I did know her, and out of that sentiment for her, I could never talk about her for publication." ♦

---Marlon Brando (fellow actor and friend)


More quotes...

"She once got her life so balled up that the studio hired a full-time secretary maid for her. So Marilyn soon got the secretary as balled up as she was, and she ended up waiting on the secretary, instead of vice-versa."
--Jane Russell

"I have great faith that her career would have continued. She was one of the greatest draws in the history of motion pictures, and today I think she would have been tops. Marilyn had a childlike quality which made men adore her. Yet women weren't jealous. Like John Wayne and a few other giants, she had a star quality that had nothing to do with acting. . . . What women in pictures can compare with her today? Nobody."
--Ben Lyon

"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

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:star: Hope you enjoyed's interesting to see what everyone had to say about Marilyn! Ciao for now! :WAVE:

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LoveU LoveU 9 years
She is looking so sweet sitting there with Clark Gable, like a little girl! She could glow in the dark!
OChottie OChottie 9 years
Wow! This was really cool. IMO, she was the most beuatiful woman ever. ♥ her!
junebrug junebrug 9 years
I adore Marilyn, those most who worked with her at the end of her career would describe her as mean and crazy (that's drugs for you), she really was a little girl who just wanted people to like her. Some quotes I know, though they may not be verbatim: "I never knew anyone as utterly mean as utterly Marilyn, nor as utterly fabulous on screen, including Garbo." -- Billy Wilder "Hollywood's a place where they'll offer you $50,000 for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul. I know because I turned down the first offer and held out for the 50 cents." -- Marilyn Monroe "I always knew the public would love me because no one else ever did." -- Marilyn Monroe "Why aren't you attending her funeral?" -- reporter "Why should I? She won't be there." -- Arthur Miller
jess55 jess55 9 years
Me too skinnyfat that is a wicked photo.
skinny-fat skinny-fat 9 years
I love the photo of Marilyn and Carl Sandburg drinking martinis and looking a bit tipsy :) ***************************************** Toto, I have a feeling we're not in America anymore :(
skinny-fat skinny-fat 9 years
"Look at that face. She could be five years old." That's so perfect for MM (though Olivier was not very nice to her). I love Marilyn and thanks for the great pics and quotes. A great book on MM is The Many Lives Of Marilyn Monroe by Sarah Churchwell. It's a must read for Marilyn fans. ********************************* Toto, I have a feeling we're not in America anymore :(
nomerz nomerz 9 years
I absolutely adore her. I think to this day, she so fascinating and fabulous.
demeter demeter 9 years
I love her.
Tnkrbelli Tnkrbelli 9 years
My favorite part is seeing her wave when she was on the beach when she was younger and then watching how she waved the same way later on in her life. It's such a cute wave. Really happy and carefree. "I just want happiness. Not money, fame or a name. I just want that one thing, seems simple doesn't it? I wish others felt that way too, the world would be a better place."
curleyjo84 curleyjo84 9 years
love it. i agree with pinkangel. i just wanted to sit and watch and watch and watch...
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 9 years
that is so awesome. i love the quotes and the video made it hard to not just sit and stare you know?
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 9 years
I agree a gentle rain, I think I watched it 3 times in a row :rotfl: It really makes me wish I could go back in time and just hang out with her for one day, I bet it would be the most awesome day of my life!
Tnkrbelli Tnkrbelli 9 years
Thanks gentle! Glad ya liked it.
a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 9 years
Wow. That footage was so...real. I mean, I've seen her play characters, but I've never seen her be... well, her. It was so strange and surreal. She has the most beautiful smile. So real, and joyous and bursting with happiness. Wow. Those quotes were awesome too. Thanks for sharing!
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