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I had wanted this book for such a long time, years I think. Marilyn has always been a great icon and mystery to me (many of us, I think), and I wanted to get my hands on the small, unfinished autobiography to read some of her stories and generally find out how she perceived the world.
It was a quick read – unfortunately the manuscript finished when she had just begun to flourish in her career – though there were many, many stories and quotes that touched me.
So here are a few quotes that I wanted to share with you:
“I had found out that people always ordered me to stop doing anything I like to do.”
“In a daydream you jump over facts as easily as a cat jumps over a fence.”
“Dreaming of people looking at me made me feel less lonely.”
“I dreamed of myself becoming so beautiful that people would turn to look at me when I passed.”
“Nudity and sex are the most commonplace things in the world. Yet people often act as if they were things that existed only on Mars.”
“And an odd thing happened to me. I fell in love with myself – not how I was but how I was going to be.”
“I used to say to myself, what the devil have you got to be proud about, Marilyn Monroe? And I’d answer, “Everything, everything.” And I’d walk slowly and turn my head slowly as if I were a queen.”
“I was the kind of girl they found dead in a hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand.”
“When you’re young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you’re laughing again.”
“I preferred to lie around feeling sorry for myself and thinking how cruel and unfair the world was. As a result I didn’t have any money.”
“There was going to be no luck in my life. The dark star I was born under was going to get darker and darker.”
“A man sometimes gets guilty and angry if you love him too much.”