For instance, you’ve read there was some actor [Tony Curtis] that once said about me that kissing me was like kissing Hitler [Curtis would repeatedly change the story after Marilyn passed away]. Well I think that’s his problem. If I had to do intimate love scenes with somebody who really has these kind of feelings toward me, then my fantasy can come into play. In other words, out with him, in with my fantasy. He was never there.
-Marilyn to Richard Meryman for Life magazine, 1962
She was an absolute genius as a comic actress, with an extraordinary sense for comic dialogue. It was a God-given gift. Believe me, in the last fifteen years there were ten projects that came to me, and I’d start working on them and I’d think, “It’s not going to work, it needs Marilyn Monroe.” Nobody else is in that orbit; everyone else is earthbound by comparison.’
Marilyn, Tony and Billy at a press conference for ‘Some Like It Hot’, July 1958