Magnetic Innocence

Magnetic Innocence

Below you will find a series of quotes from and about Marilyn Monroe, framed by director Steve Scott’s description of (After the Fall character) Maggie has having a “Magnetic Innocence.

“ Part of the appeal of Marilyn Monroe was the aura of helplessness that surrounded her.”
Frances Lefkowitz

“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”
Marilyn Monroe

(On the subject of her celebrity and prestige) “ I feel as though it’s all happening to someone right next to me, I’m close, I can feel it, I can hear it, but it isn’t really me.”
Marilyn Monroe

“ (I saw) something special about her, a luminous quality to her face, a fragileness with astonishing vibrancy.”
David Conover from his book Finding Marilyn

“ Her natural beauty plus her inferiority complex gave her a look of mystery.”
Cinematographer Leon Shamroy

“ There’s more to Marilyn than meets the eye.  The trouble is that when people look at her they immediately figure her as a typical Hollywood blonde.  It’s not their fault though.  Marilyn’s soul just doesn’t fit her body.”
Marilyn’s acting coach, Natasha Lytess

“ Johnny Hyde gave me more than kindness & love.  He was the first man I had ever known who understood me.  Most men (and women) thought I was scheming and two-faced.  No matter how truthfully I spoke to them or how honestly I behaved, they always believed I was trying to fool them.”
Marilyn on her friend Johnny Hyde, the Executive Vice President of the William Morris Agency

“ She was awkward.  She couldn’t get out of her own way.  She wasn’t disciplined… and she drove Bob Ryan, Paul Douglas and myself out of our minds…  but she didn’t do it viciously and there was sort of a magic about her which we all recognized at once.”
Actress Barbara Stanwyck on working with Monroe on the film Clash by Night

“ They’re kind of grabbing pieces out of you… and gee you do want to stay in tact.”
Marilyn on privacy and reporters

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

“ It’s nice to be included in people’s fantasies, but you also like to be accepted for your own sake… In a way I’m a very unfortunate woman.  All this nonsense about being a legend, all this glamour and publicity.  Somehow I’m always a disappointment to people.”
Marilyn Monroe

“ You don’t know what it’s like to have all that I have and not be loved and know happiness.  All I ever wanted out of life is to be nice to people and have them be nice to me.  It’s a fair exchange.  And I’m a woman.  I want to be loved by a man, from his heart, as I would love him from mine.  I’ve tried, but it hasn’t happened yet.”
Marilyn at age 36

“ Dear Joe,
If I can only succeed in making you happy, I will have succeeded in the biggest and most difficult thing there is- that is, to make one person completely happy.  Your happiness means my happiness.”
Monroe in an incomplete letter to Joe Dimaggio written the afternoon prior to her death

“ Marilyn Monroe was a legend.  In her own lifetime she created a myth of what a poor girl from a deprived background could attain.  For the entire world she became a symbol of the eternally feminine.  But I have no words to describe the myth and the legend.  Nor would she want us to do so.  I do not know this Marilyn Monroe… We… Knew only Marilyn- a warm human being, impulsive and shy, sensitive and in fear of rejection, yet ever avid for life and reaching out for fulfillment… In our memories of her, she remains alive, not only a shadow on a screen, or a glamorous personality.”
Lee Strasburg delivering Marilyn Monroe’s eulogy


Leaming, Barbara.  Marilyn Monroe.  New York: Crown Publishers,1998

Lefkowitz, Frances.  Marilyn Monroe.  New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1995.

Woag, Adam. Marilyn Monroe: Famous Deaths.  San Diego, Ca: Lucent Books, 1997.


2 Responses

  1. Johnny Hyde’s real name was Ivan Nikolayevitch Haidabura.

  2. Johnny Hyde’s Ukrainian (possibly) real name in Cyrillic script Іван Миколайович хайдабура.

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