"But I do want to be wonderful, you know. When I walked out of 20th Century Fox and I went to New York and I stayed for, I don't know how many months - 15 months, 13 months - I don't know how many months. And the lawyer, you know, he said, oh he was telling me about my tax stuff and I don't know what. And about, oh, more of 20th Century Fox. I said 'I don't know about that. I only know I want to be wonderful.'"
Why Marilyn Monroe is an inspiration...
SHE WORKED HARD FOR WHAT SHE WANTED
Throughout Marilyn's career, she worked incredibly hard to become a fine actress. In the beginning, she would spend the little money she had on acting lessons, sometimes paying for lessons over food, refusing to get into Hollywood by taking the easy route. Her efforts made Marilyn Monroe a household name and made her the star in multiple box-office hits. Even then, she continued to strive for more. In 1955, Marilyn left Hollywood, sick and tired of playing the role of the 'dumb blonde.' She arrived in New York, where she applied and was accepted into the prestigious Actor's Studio - overcoming her stage fright, becoming the first to ever receive a standing ovation after a performance. Marilyn would then create her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, where she could finally perform the serious roles she had been working for.
SHE CONTINUED TO EDUCATE HERSELF
At just the age of sixteen, Marilyn was practically forced to drop out of high school to marry James "Jimmy" Dougherty in order to escape being placed back in the foster care system. Nonetheless, Marilyn would continue to educate herself by reading avidly. Over the course of her life, she would collect over 430 books ranging from topics such as psychology, cooking, gardening, religion, humor, politics, etc.
Additionally, in 1952, Marilyn attended evening classes in UCLA on Renaissance Art and Backgrounds in Literature - both of which she was thoroughly interested in.
"She was one of the most exciting human beings I had ever met. She talked about the Renaissance and made it sound ten times more important than the Studio’s biggest epic. I drank in everything she said. I met Michelangelo and Raphael and Tintoretto. There was a new genius to hear about every day. At night I lay in bed at night wishing I could have lived in the Renaissance. Of course I would be dead now. But it seemed almost worth it." - Marilyn on one of her professors at UCLA
SHE SPOKE OUT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
In a time when it was uncommon to hear of people attending therapy and taking medication for the sake of their mental health - Marilyn did just that. Furthermore, she made clear of her feelings in multiple interviews and didn't simply act as if she was perfectly happy all the time. Just as notably, in her will, Marilyn left 25% of her earnings to "DR. MARIANNE KRIS to be used by her for the furtherance of the work of such psychiatric institutions or groups as she shall elect. "
SHE REMAINED KIND & HUMBLE
More than anything, Marilyn remained both humble and kind throughout her life - no amount of money nor fame changed that. Marilyn did many appearances for multiple charities and donated a great deal of money to multiple causes, including muscular dystrophy, mental health research, placing abandoned children in homes, etc. Hollywood may have changed Marilyn's hair, but it surely didn't change her heart.
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