02 January 2013

Marilyn's Resolutions

My list of new year’s resolutions is quite long but I hope to stick to them (well, at least half). Wonder what other people choose for their resolutions? Here is a list that Marilyn Monroe wrote out in her address book in 1955. She was studying with the Actor’s Studio at the time and her resolutions show that she wanted to make the most of it. The last one, “enjoy myself when I can—I'll be miserable enough as it is,” seems so sad in retrospect.

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.

From Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe.

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