Happy birthday to the beautiful and talented Marilyn!
“She listens, wants, cares. I catch her laughing across a room and I bust up. Every pore of that lovely translucent skin is alive, open every moment-even though this world could make her vulnerable to being hurt. I would rather work with her than any other actress. I adore her.”
- Montgomery Clift
I got a cold chill. This girl had something I hadn’t seen since silent pictures.She had a kind of fantastic beauty like Gloria Swanson, when a movie star had to look beautiful, and she got sex on a piece of film like Jean Harlow.
Leon Shamroy, on MM’s 1946 screen test
When you look at Marilyn on the screen, you don’t want anything bad to happen to her. You really care that she should be all right…happy.
She was not the usual movie idol. There was something democratic about her. She was the type who would join in and wash up the supper dishes even if you didn’t ask her.
Marilyn was an incredible person to act with…the most marvelous I ever worked with, and I have been working for 29 years.
When she’s there, she’s there. All of her is there! She’s there to work.
Clark Gable Still she hangs like a bat in the heads of the men who met her, and none of us will ever forget her.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
She comes out of the dressing room Norma Jeane. When she stepped in front of the camera, she was Marilyn.
I just want to be wonderful.
Happy Birthday, Norma Jeane. (June 1, 1926–∞)
“I was never used to being happy, so that wasn’t something I ever took for granted. You see, I was brought up differently from the average American child because the average child is brought up expecting to be happy. I was a mistake. My mother didn’t want to have me.”
Marilyn photographed by Milton Greene, 1955.