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[Sam] Shaw shared an almost-telepathic bond with Monroe, in whom he recognized a fellow seeker of love, adventure and knowledge. He met her on the set of Kazan’s ¡Viva Zapata! — a struggling extra — along with Anthony Quinn, and became lifelong friends of both. Shaw photographed Monroe throughout her career and became a confidant during the upheaval of her celebrity, marriages, divorces and alienation from the studios. Shaw encouraged the actress to shed the layers of makeup she wore like so much armor, reassuring her that without it she was still one of the world’s most beautiful women. “She really looked at Sam as part of her family — he was the kind of person who was always there, like an Italian mother, with a pot of coffee brewing,” [Lorie] Karnath says. [x]


There was something very touching about her, a king of vulnerability. When Suzanne Flon visited me on location, Marilyn admired a jet necklace she was wearing, so Suzanne took it off and gave it to her. The next day Marilyn went to Suzanne’s room and gave her a diamond ring. Suzanne didn’t want it but she couldn’t refuse. When we talked about Marilyn, tears came to Suzanne’s eyes. She knew somehow- we all did- that something awful was going to happen to her.
I never felt Marilyn’s much-publicized sexual attraction in the flesh, but on the screen it came across forcefully. But there was much more to her than that. She was appreciated as an artist in Europe long before her acceptance as anything but a sex symbol in the United States. Jean-Paul Sartre considered Marilyn Monroe the finest actress alive. He wanted her to play the leading female role in Freud. 
We finished the picture. It had been an agonizing experience, not only for me but for everyone, including Marilyn. She started another film, was taken off it and then killed herself by accident. Too many sleeping pills- a bottle of them at hand and no one there to save her. She’d made this mistake several times before and had recieved emergency treatment. I’m sure she never meant to take her life.
Montgomery Clift and Marilyn were extraordinary together, particularly in a long scene-several pages-behind a saloon, against a hill of beer cans and junk automobiles. It was a love scene that wasn’t a love scene, and Arthur Miller at his best, too. From what Monty did in The Misfits, I had every reason to have faith in him. But unfortunately he turned out to be another bad case. He was presently to suffer Marilyn’s problems himself, and follow more or less in her footsteps. And I would again be an involved witness.

-An Open Book by John Huston

The person I considered the most talented actor in my class was Marilyn Monroe. She would walk into class with Arthur Miller’s shirts tied at her waist, her feet in flip-flops, the sweet musky smell of Lifebuoy soap wafting after her. Her hair pulled back with a rubber band, was always a little wet, as if she’d just stepped out of the shower. 

One afternoon I was sitting in my place on the Lower East Side when my phone rang. I picked it up, and a voice said, “Hi Lou, It’s Marilyn.” “Marilyn who?” I asked, and when she answered, “Marilyn from class.” I had a genuine fit. She was asking me to be in her love scene in Tennessee William’s The Rose Tattoo at our next class. She was probably being nice to me because I wasn’t one of the stellar students in class, like Sidney Poitier, and no one else was asking me to do love scenes. But here she was, inviting me to play the sailor to her hot-blooded Serafina delle Rose.

I was a kid then, full of juice. I considered myself hot to trot, but I knew there was no way on earth I could play that scene. I was so star-struck, I wouldn’t have gotten out one word onstage. I must have stammered or something, because she got off the line pretty fast, and I think it was Marty Landau who ended up playing the scene. (I happen to think Mr. Landau is one of the most consummate actors I have ever seen on stage or screen.) To this day, if I catch a whiff of Lifebuoy soap, my olfactory senses take over and I am undeniably aroused. 

-Louis Gossett Jr. “An Actor and a Gentleman" 


A short segment of an interview with The Misfits co-star Eli Wallach, where he describes a day at the beach with Marilyn (and her leopard print bikini).