I love Marilyn Monroe. I'm not obsessed or a collector of all things Norma Jean (though any pictures I have are of the Norma Jean side of her because I find her so much more beautiful). However, but I do find both sides of her very interesting.
When someone has unmet needs, they often, in an act of self-healing try to recreate childhood situations in an attempt to have a different outcome and I don't blame Marilyn for making some mistakes as she tried to have her childhood needs met as an adult. I've done it too (to less disasterous results).
Marilyn played the game of being who people expected her to be until she simply stopped. It wasn't easy to stop for there was very little reward for a truly empowered Marilyn as opposed to a sexually empowered by men icon. And we all know she paid a price.
The quote from her last interview shows her awareness of how she was perceived. She begged and pleaded in earnest with the reporter to end the interview with what is now a famous quote. Note: she uses the term Negro, which at the time was not offensive and actually considered respectful compared to the alternative.
This was from her last interview.
"What I really want to say, what I believe, is that the world needs a feeling of kinship. Everybody, stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs...we are all brothers. Please don't make me a joke...end this interview with what I believe. "
I think this is more true now than ever. I love the word kinship.
Another quote also illustrates her awareness of how she was or wasn't perceived and her self-deprating humor:
"My dramatic coach, Natasha, tells everybody that I have a great soul, but so far nobody's interested in it."[