happy birthday marilyn!

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Remembering Marilyn Monroe on her birthday ❤️

“I never wanted to be Marilyn - it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.”

Photographs taken by Lawrence Schiller on her 36th birthday on the set of Something’s Got to Give (June 1st, 1962)

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Today in History: June 1st 1926 | Norma Jeane was born.

91 years ago today we gained a flower. And that flower bloomed. It got so big and beautiful; that even when it died. No one forgot it.

❝Always be yourself. Retain individuality; listen to the truest part of yourself. Study if you can. Get a good teacher. Believe in yourself. Have confidence too.❞ ~ To George Barris, 1962.

❝I believe that you shouldn’t do anything in life until you’re ready. Half of life’s heartaches come from decisions that were made in a hurry.❞ ~To Gadsden Times, 1960.

❝I could never pretend something I didn’t feel. I could never make love if I didn’t love. And if I loved, I could no more hide that than the color of my eyes.❞ ~My Story

❝I’m trying to find myself as a person. Sometimes that’s not easy to do. Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do.❞ ~To Allen Levy, Redbook, 1962.

❝Fame will go by, and so long, I’ve had you fame. If it goes by I’ve always known it was a fickle. So at least it’s something I experience. But it’s not where I live.❞ ~To Meryman, 1962.

❝After all, if I can’t be myself, then who can I be I would like to know?❞ ~To Pete Martin, 1956.

❝Starting tomorrow I will take care of myself for that’s all I really have and as I see it now, have ever had.❞ ~Handwritten note

❝I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.❞ ~My Story

❝Those who know me better, know better.❞ ~To STAG, August 1953.

❝I don’t want to be just a woman alone. I want to belong.❞ ~To PARADE, 1952.

We’ll forever be holding a good thought for you Marilyn. ♡ 

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“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

“Marilyn’s need to be desired was so great that she could make love to a camera. Because of this, her lust aroused lust in audiences, sometimes even among women. There was nothing subtle about it. She was no tease. She was prepared, and even eager, to give what she offered.” - William Manchester

“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

“I want to say to the people, if I am a star, the people made me a star. No studio, no person, but the people did.”

Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe (June 1st, 1926 - August 5, 1962)

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Remembering screen legend Marilyn Monroe on her birthday 🌹

Born on June 1, 1926 as Norma Jeane Mortenson (baptized Norma Jeane Baker) in Los Angeles, California

Died far too young … on August 5, 1962 in Brentwood/L.A., California

“When I was five I think, that’s when I started wanting to be an actress. I loved to play. I didn’t like the world around me because it was kind of grim, but I loved to play house. It was like you could make your own boundaries… When I heard that this was acting, I said that’s what I want to be… Some of my foster families used to send me to the movies to get me out of the house and there I’d sit all day and way into the night. Up in front, there with the screen so big, a little kid all alone, and I loved it.”

“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.”

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”

Happy Birthday, Norma Jeane … may angels guard your sleep 💋!