Marilyn Monroe photographed on the 20th Century Fox backlot in 1956 by Milton H. Greene
In Hollywood a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hair-do. You’re judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.
It wasn’t because I had moral ideas. Nor because I saw what happened to girls who took money from men and let men support them as their sweeties. Nothing happened to such girls that wouldn’t have happened to them anyway. Sometimes they got ditched and had to hook up with new lovers; or they got their names in the movie columns for being seen in the smart places, and this landed them jobs in the studios. Or, after going from love nest to love nest for a few years, they met someone who fell in love with them and got married and had children. A few of them even became famous.
It may be different in other places, but in Hollywood “being virtuous” is a juvenile sounding phrase like “having the mumps.”
Excerpted from My Story written by Marilyn Monroe. Published by Taylor Trade Publishing.