Georges Belmont, Marie Claire magazine (France), original audio tape interview of Marilyn Monroe, April, 1960.
Very touching interview where Marilyn tells the personal details and facts of her private life, from memory beginning at age 3 and up through age 34 (at the time). Which is amazing, because most people can't remember anything from age 3. She never knew her own mother 10:30 (the woman with red hair) and she revealed that none of the men alleged to be her father, actually were - never finding who he really was 8:52. From birth her hair was naturally white, colorless (toe-head) 38:30 throughout her life, her hair had no natural pigment. People say she dyed her hair, but it was not why they thought! In high school she colored her hair brunette, gold, or red to look younger. She had grown to her final height by age 11 when she stopped at 5 foot 6 inches tall 19:13. During the first 15 years of her life, Norma Jeane lived in 11 different homes (one orphanage) 15:00 20:40(11), and some of them, she stayed at more than once. She had attended at least 6 different schools before ever reaching the 7th grade. Norma Jeane escaped the foster homes by marrying her first husband within a few days of her 16th birthday 25:50. Marilyn tells about how she chose her stage name because it was the name that she should have been given at birth 2:25. She tells intimate, personal stories of her life growing up 8:14, her three marriages, and how she was never happy. Even unto the day of this interview, she said she was never really happy 27:30; and if anything she was always miserable 44:52. One thing Marilyn never brought up much was other people, I think thats because she was always alone. Joe Dimaggio was her only true friend 41:20. She said she needed to be around people during the day, but she craved being alone 45:30, especially at night. She needed to restore her energy. Marilyn was very philosophical in the interview. She said that people never get anything done because they are too busy hurrying around to accomplish anything. Marilyn always wanted to be considered an artist 29:00 she secretly thought of herself as a fake. Marilyn always sought the truth, and she could not lie - the most she could do was leave things out. Lee Strasberg told her that she is a human being. She said that God never intended mankind to work that way. She enjoyed living a leisurely lifestyle 35:55 and finishing everything she started - and she was always done on schedule or ahead of time even though she was always criticized for being late. The entire interview details her most personal, most intimate thoughts - that she chose to share at the time. She said that someone asked her about pajamas and said, "what do you wear to bed, Marilyn?" 33:20 To which she answered, "Chanel No. 5 - because its the truth." Marilyn always thought of herself as the poor unwanted orphan girl, telling George that in all her life, she could honestly say that no one had ever provided for her. That she had always supported herself 8:15, for as long as she could remember (at age 3). She earned 3 cents a week at the orphanage working, and slept in a room with 27 beds, and how over 100 19:50 of them would all sit down and eat dinner together. When she got older she would try to earn at least 11 cents so she could go to the movie theatre at least once a week 13:00. Some times her caretakers would leave her at the theatre every Saturday and Sunday from morning until very late at night; close to midnight 14:00. She didn't mind because it was happier there watching movies. And when she had a place to stay with her own bedroom, she would stand on her bed and act out every scene over and over again - playing all of the parts 21:54. And she would even make up everything that happened before the scenes, and everything that happened after the scenes. The caretakers were all amazed by how Norma Jeane would eat everything that you gave her - most children were picky; and that she was very quiet and never ever misbehaved. Marilyn recalled that she used to cry looking out of her window at the orphanage because she could see the RKO 16:45 hollywood studios water tower where her red-haired 10:00 mother worked. But when she was a teenager and got a job there, she looked back and tried to see the orphanage but couldn't because of the buildings blocking the view. Marilyn was poor most of her life 3:30, even when she was a star she only made $500/week. Before her big break, she was so broke and starving that she posed nude for $50 (not even with lotion) - which later became a famous calendar 5:30, and also launched Playboy Magazine. She most looked forward to the two free meals they gave you on the movie sets, even though they did not taste good 8:00- at least she didn't have to buy food on days that she worked. Marilyn said that every person needs love and work 40:00. And for her, work was a kind of love, because it was the only time she felt happy and loved her life 44:00.