Marilyn’s final interview was published in LIFE magazine on August 17, 1962 – nearly two weeks after her untimely death. Headlined ‘A Last Long Talk With a Lonely Girl,’ her conversations with journalist Richard Meryman were transcribed in ‘as told to’ format. A selection of excerpts from this illuminating piece have been posted by Yahoo today, and you can read the article in full here.
“When you’re famous, you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who is she, who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, you know, of any kind of nature and it won’t hurt your feelings … But I believe you’re always as good as your potential. I now live in my work and in a few relationships with the few people I can really count on. Fame will go by, and, so long, I’ve had you fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle. So at least it’s something I experienced, but that’s not where I live.”