Bob Cornthwaite, on Marilyn during the filming of Monkey Business.
" She was very likeable and also stubborn, which is what saw her through. Lots of people didn’t cotton on to her. She had the strength of a puppy dog that hadn’t been indulged and had been abused but would not give up. She was persistent and that stood her in good stead, but people just had to go along with what she was because she was not going to change- she was stubborn which was both her strength and her weakness. Working with Marilyn- there was a "blankness”- she was both aware and divorced from things, and sometimes I would wonder where her mind was at. I had grown a beard for my last role and [Howard] Hawks had asked me to keep it on; one day Marilyn and I were waiting for our cue to do a scene and she stared at me, before finally saying, “It’s real isn’t it?” I didn’t know what to say to that! “
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