→ “She was an elusive individual who left unique, heavy memories.” - W.J. Weatherby
→ “Marilyn is as near a genius as any actress I ever knew. She is an artist beyond artistry. She is the most completely realized and authentic film actress since Garbo. She has that same unfathomable mysteriousness. She is pure cinema.” - Joshua Logan, director of Bus Stop.
→ “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn again.” - Joe DiMaggio’s (Marilyn’s second husband) last words.
→ “When I photographed Marilyn playing the roles of various women who were sex symbols of the past, she studied their work, saw their movies, analyzed their makeup and the way they moved and posed. She became very involved with each sitting. I remember our looking at the series of photographs in which she had posed as Jean Harlow. LIFE chose one, while she and I preferred another. Across the photograph that LIFE had chosen, she wrote, ‘She (meaning Jean Harlow) wouldn’t have liked this one.’ Very sensitive to each of the women she was interpreting, she felt she knew exactly what Harlow would have liked as a pose or as a picture.” Richard Avedon, photographer.
→ “I had great respect for her as an artist and as a person. She was a lovely girl. She had a great mind. The girl’s got character. The first sixteen years of her life was enough to floor most of us. She never fully realized herself. The best years for her were ahead of her, the best years were the years to come.” - Carl Sandburg