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MARILYN MONROE    1926 - 1962

Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl 1957
I began to realize that my whole life had been a play or 
movie and the way we present ourselves on screen is how 
we want others to see us, not necessarily who we are.

An American actress, singer, and model.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, she began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946.  Her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve were well received and she was praised for her comedic ability in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch.   She became one of Hollywood's most popular and glamorous performers. She won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like it Hot.

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Her final years were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with.  The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture.  Though officially classified as a "probable suicide," the possibility of an accidental overdose has not been ruled out, while conspiracy theorists argue that she was murdered.

PETER You had a very tough start in life.  Your mother was taken into a mental hospital.  You suffered abuse in a succession of orphanages and foster homes.  Did you choose to have such a life before you were born?
MONROE Of course - not that I remembered any of it once I got down there.  I thought (and my early life taught me) that you could present an image to people, even if it wasn't the truth.
PETER Divorced from Jimmy, your first husband and working for Twentieth Century Fox, you changed your name and became a blond.  Did your new name have any special emotional significance to you?
MONROE I should say so!  It was the washing away of that dysfunctional child who was pushed from place to place.  It was the birth of Marilyn Monroe, the birth of this woman who could turn heads, who was put on a pedestal.  It was as if my personality was recognized for the first time.
PETER Nude photos of you, when you were young and poor, were bought by Hugh Hefner for the first edition of Playboy Magazine.  These photos and your movie success in All About Eve, established you as a sex goddess in the public mind.  How do you look back on your powerful use of sexuality now?
MONROE I did not have any particular talents outside my body, so I chose the one thing that came naturally to me.
PETER After your death your second husband, Joe di Maggio, sent red roses every week to the mausoleum where your body was stored.  When you have transitioned back Home are you aware of something like that?
MONROE We are aware of it if our transition is smooth - in other words, when we go in a very short period of time from consciousness in human form to full consciousness in spirit form.  I didn't go real fast; I had some hang-ups to deal with as I transitioned.  I first went back into thinking that I was in some of my early life situations and that I was still trying to flee from them, so there was a passage of time before I entered total spiritual consciousness.  However, because linear time (as you have it) does not exist here, once I did regain full consciousness, I was able to observe the homage that he had paid me.
PETER You surprised the world by marrying the playwright Arthur Miller.  You had a large library and an interest in classical music, art, drama, and poetry.  Were you expressing an intellectual side of your nature when you married him, or was it, as you said, that he made you feel "giddy"?
MONROE It was both.  I was able to be accepted by Arthur as not just a body.  He thawed my search for knowledge that had begun in the closet, so to speak, because it did not fit well with my reputation as a dumb blond sex toy.  He accepted me for who I was, not for this ditzy cinematic robot that everybody else wanted.  I was able to discuss philosophical and intellectual issues, something that most people did not believe I could do.  It was a quiet sanctuary time for me with him.
PETER Tell us about your romantic relationships with Jack and Bobby Kennedy.
MONROE They were very highly sexed people.  At that time I was totally enamored of the whole mystique of political manouvering.  So I was a very willing participant.

Toni comments: What energy!  It shifted during the interview from shy to showing pride in accomplishments.  I saw the Dumb Blond she portrayed so well. But she was very proud of her private side, her apparent ability to become an intellectual.  There was a sense of mirth in her dealings with men.  It was quite a delightful interview.

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