She didn’t find the little cottage and white picket fence; the three children and loving dog she sought. She loved the publicity and the attention she attracted, but she was not happy. She sank into the quicksand of Hollywood like many others have done, but placing blame for the inevitable is folly. I was surprised at her death. What a tragedy. Norma Jeane had a pure soul, and an immense love of life. She was kind and generous; loved children and animals and had a strong backbone—she almost single-handed made herself a world-renowned star and was so profound that I was almost afraid of her. To me she was like a dream and that is what she really was. Raising this past has brought melancholy to a very private part of my life and if Norma Jeane is looking down on all this, I hope she is smiling.
- Bill Pursel, Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential by Michelle Morgan