But when you’re famous you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who is she- who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, you know, of any kind of nature- and it won’t hurt your feelings- like it’s happening to your clothing. One time, here I am looking for a home to buy, and I stopped at this place. A man came out and was very pleasant, very cheerful, and said, “Oh, just a moment, I want my wife to meet you.” Well, she came out and said, “Will you please get off the premises?”
You’re always running into people’s unconscious. Let’s take some actors- or directors. Usually they don’t say it to me, they say it to the newspapers because that’s a bigger play. You know, if they’re only insulting me to my face, that doesn’t make a big enough play because all I have to do is say, “See you around, like never.” But if it’s newspapers, it’s coast to coast and on around the world. I don’t understand why people aren’t a little more generous with each other. I don’t like to say this, but I’m afraid there is a lot of envy in this business. The only think I can do is I stop and think, “I’m all right but I’m not so sure about them!”
-Marilyn, in an interview with Richard Meryman for Life magazine, 1962.
Marilyn Monroe on the set of Bus Stop, 1956.
Marilyn Monroe photographed at a press conference for The Prince And The Showgirl, 1956.
Marilyn Monroe on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1958.
Marilyn Monroe in a costume test for Something’s Got To Give, 1962.
Marilyn Monroe at the premiere of How to Marry a Millionaire in 1953.
Marilyn Monroe in Korea, 1954.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Andre De Dienes, 1949.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by George Barris, 1962.