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Marilyn Monroe

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Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.
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As quoted in The Films of Barbra Streisand (2001) by Christopher Nickens and Karen Swenson

 
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