More than 50 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe still captures public imagination, largely due to her immense sex appeal. The starlet's sexuality was a part of her image, her onscreen persona, and her personal life. And she had plenty to say on sex, relationships, and romance. After all, she was married and divorced three times, with the second marriage taking place 60 years ago this week when she eloped with baseball legend Joe DiMaggio to San Francisco City Hall on Jan. 14, 1954. Let's look back at some of the blond bombshell's most famous quotes on love, sex, and relationships.
"The real lover is the man who can thrill you by touching your head or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space."
"It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone."
"Big breasts, big ass, big deal. Can't I be anything else?"
"People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn't see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one."
"Men who think that a woman's past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak."
"A career is wonderful thing, but you can't snuggle up to it on a cold night."
"If I'm going to be a symbol of something, I'd rather have it sex than some other things we've got symbols of."
"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot."
"I'm very definitely a woman, and I enjoy it."
"I've tried to change my ways, but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing."
"I have too many fantasies to be a housewife."
"The public doesn't mind people living together without being married, providing they don't overdo it."
"Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him."
"Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature."
"At 12 I looked like a girl of 17. My body was developed and shapely. But no one knew this but me. I still wore the blue dress and the blouse the orphanage provided."