One-Upped By Marilyn Monroe

Marylin Monroe's 1955 Resolutions

Last week I wrote about how resolutions are for chumps.

60 years ago, Marilyn Monroe proved me wrong.

Her handwritten resolution list from 1955 totally shuts my mouth. It’s a brilliant and somewhat heartbreaking list which, knowing what we here in the future know about her life, serves as a commentary, a prophecy, and a warning to the rest of us.

So I’ll take it back — the concept of resolutions at New Year’s is not lame. But just so you know: if you’re gonna make resolutions, do it to try to make yourself into the awesomest self possible. Don’t make one lame resolution that you intend to break. Make a long list, and make it epic.

Monroe was in Lee Strassberg’s school for actors at the time, and she appears to have written this all in the front page of an address book.

Merilyn Monroe's Resolutions

Must make effort to do
Must have the dicipline to do the following –

z – go to class – my own always – without fail

x – go as often as possible to observe Strassberg’s other private classes

g – never miss actor’s studio sessions

v – work whenever possible – on class assignments – and always keep working on the acting exercises

u – start attending Clurman lectures – also Lee Strassberg’s directors lectures at theater wing – enquire about both

l – keep looking around me – only much more so – observing – but not only myself but others and everything – take things (it) for what they (it’s) are worth

y – must make strong effort to work on current problems and phobias that out of my past has arisen – making much much much more more more more more effort in my analisis. And be there always on time – no excuses for being ever late.

w – if possible – take at least one class at university – in literature –

o – follow RCA thing through.

p – try to find someone to take dancing from – body work (creative)

t – take care of my instrument – personally & bodily (exercise)

try to enjoy myself when I can – I’ll be miserable enough as it is.

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