Like so many, I find Marilyn Monroe endlessly fascinating—though not simply because of the glamour for which she was known. Rather, I’m interested in the enigma she embodied. Somehow (and this is what My Week With Marilyn depicted so well), she always came across as womanly and sometimes impossibly world-weary—and yet so childlike and innocent at the same time. No other star that I can think of has that quality in quite the same way Norma Jean did; indeed, it’s perhaps because of it that more than four decades after her passing, we remain as captivated by her as we always have.
I’ve written before about how, as intriguing as Marilyn is, she isn’t really the world’s greatest role model; I do think, though, that there’s still a lot we can learn from her. Today marks the 41st anniversary of her death, in honor of which I offer 10 life lessons drawn from her best quotables. Many of them resonate extra strongly in light of what we know about how she ended up—but they’re words of wisdom worth taking to heart all he same.
Be well, Bettys!