"I knew Marilyn and I loved her dearly. She asked me for help - ME! I didn’t know what to tell her. One night at a party at Clifton Webb’s house Marilyn followed me from room to room. ‘I don’t want to get too far away from you, I’m scared,’ she said. I told her 'We're all scared. I'm scared too.” ~ Judy Garland
"She had flesh which photographs like flesh. You feel you can reach out and touch it. Unique is an overworked word, but in her case it applies. There will never be another one like her, and Lord knows there have been plenty of imitations.” ~ Billy Wilder upon hearing of Marilyn’s passing.
"I have great faith that her career would have continued. She was one of the greatest draws in the history of motion pictures, and today I think she would have been tops. Marilyn had a childlike quality which made men adore her. Yet women weren’t jealous. Like John Wayne and a few other giants, she had a star quality that had nothing to do with acting… . What women in pictures can compare with her today? Nobody.” ~ Ben Lyon
"She was a difficult woman, you know. We liked her and we said the nicest things about her and she deserved them; but, she was trouble and she brought that whole baggage of emotional difficulties of her childhood with her.” ~ Norman Rosten
"If you knew every last detail of Marilyn’s death, you still wouldn’t know any more about her…who she was or the mysteries of the human heart, which were the things she was interested in.” ~ Susan Strasberg
"It may sound peculiar to say so, because she is no longer with us, but we were very close. Once when we were doing that picture together, I got a call on the set: my younger daughter had had a fall. I ran home and the one person to call was Marilyn. She did an awful lot to boost things up for movies when everything was at a low state; there’ll never be anyone like her for looks, for attitude, for all of it.” ~ Betty Grable