Life is what you make of it: Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (born  Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 ”“ August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major  sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion   pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

After spending much of her childhood in  foster  homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with  Twentieth Century-Fox. 1953 brought Monroe a lead in  Niagara, a melodramatic  film noir  that dwelt on her seductiveness. Her dumb blonde persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films such as  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes  (1953),  How to Marry a Millionaire  (1953) and  The Seven Year Itch  (1955).

Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the  Actors Studio  to broaden her range. Her dramatic performance in  Bus Stop  (1956) was hailed by critics and garnered a  Golden Globe nomination. She received a  Golden Globe Award  for her performance in  Some Like It Hot(1959). Monroe’s last completed film was  The Misfits  (1961), co-starring  Clark Gable, with a screenplay written by her then-husband,  Arthur Miller.
The final years of Monroe’s life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with.  The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of  barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as probable suicide, the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as of homicide, have not been ruled out. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the  sixth-greatest female star of all time  by the  American Film Institute. In the decades following her death, she has often been cited as both a  pop  and a  cultural icon  as well as the quintessential American sex symbol.  In 2009,  TV Guide Network  named her No. 1 in  Film’s Sexiest Women of All Time.

Here are some of her famous quotes:

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times  hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at  my best.”

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than  absolutely boring.”  

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

“A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.”

“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”

“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.”

“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.”

“It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”  

“When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.”

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”

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