The real Marilyn Monroe quotes

RACHEL CLUN
Last updated 11:39 26/06/2014
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MISS MISQUOTATION: Marilyn Monroe

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The 1950s icon Marilyn Monroe has to be one of the most misquoted people on the planet.

Her Facebook and Instagram clogging "quotes" annoy plenty of people, but the real-life version certainly had plenty of interesting things to say.

In 1952 she gave a huge exclusive interview to the magazine Pageant, inviting them into her home and sharing her diet, workout and general lifestyle tips.

"Frankly, I've never considered my own figure so exceptional; until quite recently, I seldom gave it any thought at all," the actress quipped.A lovely person at Into the Goss reproduced the whole thing, so next time someone posts an inane Monroe quote you can come back at them with the real deal.

Unlike today's stars, exercise wasn't a huge priority for Monroe.

''I never used to bother with exercises. Now I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights,'' she said.

''I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise."

Interestingly tanning wasn't something that interested image-conscious Monroe, who instead preferred to look blonde all over.

''I don't think sun-tanned skin is any more attractive than white skin, or any healthier, for that matter,'' Monroe said.

''I'm personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blond all over.''

The actress would be the same age as Queen Elizabeth today but her protein-rich diet sounds practically modern.

''I've been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre, but I don't think so,'' she told the magazine.

Her not-so-bizarre eating habits involved cracking two raw eggs into a cup of warm milk and then drinking the concoction for breakfast.

Combined with a vitamin pill, Monroe thought she had the perfect breakfast. ''I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.''

For dinner? Broiled meat and raw carrots.

''I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots,'' Monroe said.

If you like sleeping in, Monroe had plenty of quotable quotes on the joys of staying in bed.

''By nature, I suppose I have a languorous disposition,'' she said.

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''I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep.''

If these quotes don't satisfy, there's more good ones - although they might not be what you expect.

In her very last interview, with Richard Meryman for Life magazine in 1962, Monroe revealed her own thoughts on fame and how that affected her life.

One of the stranger things about fame, according to Monroe, was the way people often forgot she was her own person.

"Fame has a special burden, which I might as well state here and now. I don't mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. But what goes with it can be a burden," Monroe told Meryman.

She said she was often invited to events more as an ornament, rather than for her company.

"It's nice to be included in people's fantasies but you also like to be accepted for your own sake," she told Meryman.

"I don't look at myself as a commodity, but I'm sure a lot of people have."

Monroe told Meryman her stardom wasn't created by the movies or the film companies, but rather by her audience.

"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."

Now that is a true Monroeism.

- Sydney Morning Herald

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