Marilyn Monroe, pseudoniem van Norma Jeane Mortenson; kerkelijke doopnaam: Norma Jeane Baker, (Los Angeles, 1 juni 1926 – aldaar, 5 augustus 1962), was een Amerikaanse actrice en zangeres. Ze werd als sekssymbool een icoon in de jaren vijftig.
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"I've been on a calendar, but never on time."
"An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine."
"That's the trouble, a sex symbol becomes a thing. But if I'm going to be a symbol of something, I'd rather have it sex than some other things we've got symbols of."
"It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on."
"Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature."
"I don't mind making jokes, but I don't want to look like one."
"No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren't."
"I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made."
"I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else."
"I don't mind living in a men's world, as long as I can be a woman in it."
"A smart girl leaves before she's left."
"Just because you fail at once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything."