The first time I saw Marilyn Monroe was at the big publicity party in Hollywood. I remarked how cute she was- and who was she? One of the fellows told me that he had a bet with the boy dancing with her that he wouldn’t get a word out of her, for Marilyn is considered very quiet and shy. He lost the bet.
Nick Ray, the director, had dated Marilyn quite a few times and told me that she was a very sensitive, interested girl. But interested in all kinds of things that no one has any idea about- like Thomas Wolfe, philosophy, the classics, art and matters of intellectual taste.
Apparently, Marilyn has never said anything about that to interviewers who are all interested in the sexy angle: “Do you or don’t you wear underwear?”- which brings up such witty quips as, “Underthings hamper a girl. All the ridges and things. Certainly I don’t.” Or Marilyn’s equally attributed reply, “A man appreciates the way I dress. We have a mutual appreciation of being male and female.” Marilyn has a completely honest viewpoint, and very often she says something that comes out like a large size cactus plant. She doesn’t mean it that way and is learning that the context of a few words in an unguarded interview can be misinterpreted into headlines. Marilyn is neither rude no crude.
-That Girl Marilyn! by Jane Russell, 1953.
(Source: mostlymarilynmonroe, via izadore-heart-of-the-tardis)