Michelle Morgan – Marilyn Author – Part Two

Michelle Morgan - Marilyn Author

Below is part two of my interview with Michelle Morgan – Marilyn Author.  If anyone would like further information on her books, please go to www.MichelleMorgan.co.uk.

Having studied Marilyn’s life and gone into detail on her Blue Book years and, more recently, her time in Manhattan – What is your favourite period in Marilyn’s life?

Funnily enough, the two periods I’ve always been obsessed by, are the Blue Book period and the New York years! I find it really strange and exciting that I’ve been given the opportunity to write about both of these periods. I’ve also always been intrigued by her marriage to Arthur Miller and then the time after her divorce, leading up to her last summer. Maybe the universe will present me with these projects too in the future! Continue reading “Michelle Morgan – Marilyn Author – Part Two”

Arthur Miller’s Life After Marilyn

Arthur Millers Life After Marilyn

In part three of this series we take a look at Arthur Miller’s life after Marilyn.

Marilyn and Arthur Miller’s lives changed once they returned from filming of The Misfits in November 1960 – they separated – with her going to live in their New York apartment, and Miller staying at the house in Roxbury, Connecticut.

The couple reached an agreement prior to Marilyn travelling to Mexico to file for divorce in January 1961.  It included Miller keeping Hugo the dog, the house at Roxbury and all assets (aside from Marilyn’s things) and she got their New York apartment.  There was no financial settlement made between the two – each kept their own money earned up to that point. Continue reading “Arthur Miller’s Life After Marilyn”

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American musical comedy directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Marilyn and Jane Russell.  The role of Lorelei Lee was originally intended for Betty Grable, who had been 20th Century Fox’s most popular blonde, however was given to Marilyn on her 26th birthday, June 1, 1952.  Marilyn’s star was rising fast following her performance in Niagara and the studio wanted an actress who could appeal to both male and female audiences.  In preparation for her role as Lorelei, Marilyn attended the Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Carol Channing every night for over a month.   Continue reading “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

Interview with Elizabeth Winder – Part Two

Interview with Elizabeth Winder

In part two of my interview with Elizabeth Winder, the author talks about Marilyn’s legacy today,  why she chose to cover that particular time in Marilyn’s life and what she admires most about the actress.

What do you think is her legacy today & what part did her time in NY play in that?

I’m glad that Marilyn’s legacy is changing. For so long she’s been seen as this cliche sex symbol— but she was so much more than that. Marilyn was an artist of tremendous ambition, and I think that people are starting to understand that now. New York was a huge part of her professional and artistic life. When she broke her contract with Fox in 1954, she literally fled Hollywood under the cover of darkness. In Manhattan, she found freedom, acceptance, and felt safe enough to grow as an artist, take classes with Lee Strasberg, and even start her own production company. Continue reading “Interview with Elizabeth Winder – Part Two”

Interview with Elizabeth Winder – Part One

Interview with Elizabeth Winder

This week I’m focusing on an interview with Elizabeth Winder, journalist and author.  She lives in Washington, D.C. and has written Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, and more recently, Marilyn in Manhattan.

I spoke to Elizabeth last month about her reasons for picking Marilyn as a subject and what she learned in the process.  Here’s part one of our chat: Continue reading “Interview with Elizabeth Winder – Part One”

Marilyn and Arthur Miller – Part Two

Marilyn and Arthur Miller

In the period following their first meeting in 1951, Marilyn and Arthur Miller didn’t see each other.  Miller returned to his family, while Marilyn went on to date and eventually marry Joe DiMaggio in 1954.  The marriage shortlived, ending in divorce in October 1955.  It was also in 1955 that Marilyn decided to move to New York and study in the Actors Studio, under the tutelege of founder Lee Strasberg.  Whilst back on the East Coast and single again, Marilyn began seeing Miller.  His marriage was floundering and the appearance of Marilyn did nothing to help matters. Continue reading “Marilyn and Arthur Miller – Part Two”

Marilyn and Frank Sinatra

Marilyn and Frank Sinatra

Marilyn  and Frank Sinatra became friends during the making of The Misfits in 1960.  Not long after arriving in Reno the cast and crew were invited to his show at Cal Neva’s Indian room.  It is possible that they knew each other during her marriage to Joe DiMaggio (DiMaggio and Sinatra were friends that time) but that has not been fully established.  We do know that they mixed in the same circles and the attended the same parties but were not photographed together. Continue reading “Marilyn and Frank Sinatra”

Arthur Miller – The Early Years – Part One

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller was born on October 17, 1915, in Harlem, New York.  He was the second of three children born to Augusta and Isidore Miller and was of Polish-Jewish descent.  Miller’s father owned a successful clothing manufacturing business and the family led a comfortable life.  They owned a home in Manhattan, had a summer home in Queens and also employed a chauffeur.

In the Wall Street crash of 1929, the family lost everything and moved to Brooklyn.  Miller delivered bread each morning before school to help the family financially.  After graduating high school in 1932, he worked at several jobs to pay his college tuition. Continue reading “Arthur Miller – The Early Years – Part One”