Dating Legends: Tips from Marilyn Monroe

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Suave, sophisticated and certainly one of the most glamorous women of the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe is hailed as a leading light in deciphering the language of love. Her credentials say it all: Starring in over 33 films (mostly romantics), the cool and classic Marilyn was married and divorced three times and reputed to have had at least 12 lovers. She was also famous for singing a sexy serenade for former US premier and lover JFK, wishing him Happy Birthday, Mr President...

And it’s no secret that saucy Marilyn had a few flings with other women too.

Her dalliances with females are claimed to have included Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor, and with both her dating coaches, Natasha Lytess and Paula Strasberg

So, an expert on matters of the heart you would imagine: Here are some of the sex symbol’s tips and pearls of wisdom, appropriate for any dating encounter:

For gals…

Know your value:‘A smart girl leaves before she is left.’

Affection is more than skin-deep: ‘The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes – or just by staring into space.

Right work/life balance:‘A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.

Ask a second opinion on clothing before a date:‘There are many times when a woman will ask another girlfriend how she likes her new hat. She will reply, ‘Fine,’ but slap her hand to her forehead the minute the girl leaves to yipe, ‘What a horror!’

Trust your instincts: 'A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.

Value what nature gave you: ‘I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.’

Who needs glamour? ‘Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.

For guys…

Chivalry is not dead: ‘Naturally there are times when every woman likes to be flattered… to feel she is the most important thing in someone’s world. Only a man can paint this picture.

Idle gossip costs: ‘When it comes to gossip, I have to readily admit men are as guilty as women.

If you assume you make an ass out of ‘u’ and ‘me’: ‘Men who think that a woman’s past love affairs lessen her love for them are usually stupid and weak.

Think on your feet: ‘I think one of the basic reasons men make good friends is that they can make up their minds quickly.
Only fools rush in: ‘The truth is, I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let men sometimes fool themselves.

Stand-up for what you believe in: ‘Confidentially, the type of male I find most enjoyable for a friend is one who has enough fire and assurance to speak up for his convictions.

Be sporting – but not too sporty: ‘If your man is a sports enthusiast, you may have to resign yourself to his spouting off in a monotone on a prize fight, football game or pennant race.

And our favourite insightful quotes…

White lies shouldn’t harm:‘It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.

Believe that you’re worth dating: ‘I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.

Marilyn is correct on every point, right?

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