“I restore myself when I’m alone.
“What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can’t I just be an ordinary woman?
“Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know you.
“I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.
“A man has a tendency to accept you the way you are, while most women immediately start to pick flaws and want to change you.
“We should all start to live before we get too old.
“I’ve never dropped anyone I believed in.
“I used to get the feeling, and sometimes I still get it, that sometimes I was fooling somebody; I don’t know who or what, maybe myself.
“Next to my husband, and along with Marlon Brando, I think that Yves Montand is the most attractive man I’ve ever met.
“Girdles and wire stays should have never been invented. No man wants to hug a padded bird cage.
“There are many times when a woman will ask another girl friend how she likes her new hat. She will reply, ‘Fine,’ but slap her hand to her forehead the minute the girl leaves to yipe, ‘What a horror!’
“Sometimes, wearing a scarf and a polo coat and no makeup and with a certain attitude of walking, I go shopping or just look at people living. But then, you know, there will be a few teenagers who are kind of sharp, and they’ll say, ‘Hey, just a minute. You know who I think that is?’ And they’ll start tailing me. And I don’t mind.
“I’m looking forward to becoming a marvelous – excuse the word marvelous – character actress. Like Marie Dressler, like Will Rogers.
“I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.
“I often wake up in the night, and I like to have something to think about.
“I think I have always had a little humor.
“I have always had a talent for irritating women since I was fourteen.
“If your man is a sports enthusiast, you may have to resign yourself to his spouting off in a monotone on a prize fight, football game or pennant race.
“Having a child, that’s always been my biggest fear. I want a child and I fear a child.
“Fame doesn’t fulfill you. It warms you a bit, but that warmth is temporary.