Marilyn Monroe’s Motion Picture Magazine Interview, January 1954
Q: Is it true you dress for men?
MM: Don’t most women dress for men? Isn’t it true that men and women have mutual appreciation of each other?Q: Why do you wear low cut gowns?
MM: I haven’t really noticed.Q: What do you do in your spare time?
MM: When an actress is building her career in pictures, as I am, there is very little spare time. What little there is I spend in reading and studying.Q: In Niagara, were you clad only in a sheet when you were lying in bed, or were you wearing other clothes underneath?
MM: I always wear clothes appropriate to the occasion.Q: What is your description of the ideal man?
MM: Someone who is gentle and considerate - but I’ve never thought of one ‘ideal man’. I doubt if there is such a person.Q: How do you feel about being the sexiest girl in Hollywood?
MM: Isn’t that a ‘loaded question’?Q: What do you do to keep your body so beautiful?
MM: I walk, exercise and study body control.Q: What do you think of girls in pictures who try to imitate you?
MM: This is a free and democratic country and no-one has a monopoly on anything.Q: What is your age, birthplace and nationality?
MM: I was born in Los Angeles on June 1st. I’m an American.Q: How many different boyfriends do you have a week?
MM: I think you’ve been reading too many gossip columns.Q: Are you happy being the type you are, or would you rather be more like Ann Blyth or Jeanne Crain?
MM: I am content to be Marilyn Monroe, to the best of my ability. Being one’s self is a twenty-four hour a day job anyway isn’t it?Q: What is your worst fault?
MM: I probably have many, but my worst is my difficulty in remembering that there are only 60 minutes in an hour. I’m variably late, but I can’t break myself of it.Q: Do you like to dress up and go out at night to formal affairs?
MM: No. I don’t go to many formal affairs, and when I do I usually go by myself because I want to, or else with someone from the studio. These formal affairs are in the line of duty, anyway.Q: Do you think it is rude, or do you like it when men whistle at you?
MM: Any girl who resents whistles should live on a desert island.Q: What are your measurements?
MM: Bust 37, waist 23.5, hips 37.5 - or so they tell me.Q: Is it true that you really posed for calendar pictures?
MM: Yes.Q: Do you act the same off screen as you do on?
MM: When I work I act; when I’m home I don’t act. Do you do the same things at home as when you’re working at your job as secretary, salesgirl, teacher, clerk or whatever? Why bring your work home with you?Q: What is your favourite pastime?
MM: Walking. I can walk alone for hours and enjoy it.Q: Were you popular at school?
MM: I won no popularity awards, but I did have a number of good friends.Q: How many dates do you have a week?
MM: When I’m working in a picture I have no time to go out. Besides, I don’t think in terms of dates per week, that’s silly. If someone asks me to go out, and I find his company enjoyable, I go out with them. If not then I’d rather stay home.Q: If you weren’t an actress, what would you want to be?
MM: It’s funny, but I’ve never thought of being anything but an actress.Q: Do you walk in real life the way you did in Niagara?
MM: I never think about the way I walk. But since I was playing a certain type of girl in the picture who was not myself, and since the way I walked helped emphasize her, I walked as I did. I’m sure my real life walk is not exactly the same.Q: Are you happy with the type of publicity you get or would you rather be known for something else besides your figure?
MM: I want to be known as a good actress.Q: Who was your first love?
MM: No-one you would know.Q: Are you sultry and sexy by nature and do you enjoy being this type?
MM: What is a type? I am myself - Marilyn Monroe.Q: What are your favourite hobbies?
MM: Swimming, collecting records, reading and dancing, when I have time.Q: What is the truth about your romance with Joe DiMaggio?
MM: Mr DiMaggio is a good friend and a gentleman I greatly admire.Q: Have you a temper, and what makes you lose it?
MM: I have a little temper, and I really lose it when people write untruths about me.Q: What attracts you first to a man, his looks or personality?
MM: It depends on the man, but I’d say that personality means more. However, a sense of humour is a wonderful help as far as I’m concerned in sizing up a man’s personality.Q: Who is your best girlfriend?
MM: I don’t have a best girlfriend, but I do have many good friends whose companionship is worth much to me.Q: Was there friction between you and Jane Russell when you were making Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?
MM: None whatsoever. I don’t know why this rumor sprang up unless people just can’t believe that two women can work together in harmony. I consider Jane to be one of the sweetest persons I’ve ever met, and I’m happy to call her my friend.Q: What’s your idea of a good time when dating?
MM: I like a quiet evening with someone whose personality and conversation intrigues me.Q: How do you feel about criticism of your low cut gowns?
MM: I don’t like unfair criticism at any time. Do you? I feel that some of the criticism has been unfair.Q: What kind of man do you want to marry?
MM: How can I say? I’m not thinking of marrying at the moment. I do want to get married and have children some day, that’s for sure, but I’ll cross the career-marriage bridge when I get to it.Q: What kind of life did you live before you became a star?
MM: There were some difficult days and some pleasant ones. I went to school, held down a number of jobs, looked for openings in pictures all the time, had many disappointments which were very crushing and finally reached some small measure of success.Q: Do you ever want to play something besides a siren on the screen?
MM: Certainly. I want to play a variety of roles. I don’t think it’s good to be typed.