Marilyn was not satisfied with Arthur Miller’s first screenplay and she flatly resented it. Complaining, she said, “Arthur could have written anything for me, and he comes up with this, cowboys and horses.” She hated it and she didn’t want the part. She took so many pills she could hardly wake up in the morning. This was out of control and the stylists had no option but to apply makeup while she yet slept.
Director John Huston had to send her to the hospital for a week to detox halfway through the shoot. And the film location was absolutely miserable, shot outside Reno in the middle of the summer when temperatures can get into the 100s. She hated making the film and complained bitterly.
Marriage to Arthur Miller
Marilyn fell in love at first sight with Arthur Miller, who was married at the time. They wrote romantic letters to each other and she found him a gentleman. In one, he confessed he couldn't live without her. He divorced his wife and married Marilyn in a Jewish ceremony just two days later.
Longing to have a baby with the playwright, Marilyn endured several miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. She wanted to be a mother for years but acknowledged her miscarriages may have been caused by all the substances she was putting into her body.
Marrying Playwright Arthur Miller Inspired Marilyn Politically
Monroe had a deep fondness for the intellect of her last husband, Arthur Miller. She loved him dearly. The marriage lasted four years. During that time, Arthur Miller wrote the western “The Misfits” for her. It was his first screenplay and she starred in its film production. Through him, Marilyn developed a political side.
In 1960, she became a founding member of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy in Hollywood. She, of course, supported the Civil Rights Movement. She openly supported her husband from the Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) when they called Miller to testify.
Secret Movie Scandal
Just when Monroe’s movie career began picking up steam, another scandal loomed. An adult-only movie featuring a woman who looked like Norma Jeane surfaced. The movie is known as “The Apple-Knockers and the Coke” and it starred Arline Hunter.
Some thought it was a young Marilyn, but the truth of which actress cleared up without much negative press. A perceptive Marilyn was quoted talking about people looking at her as if she was a mirror instead of another human. She said, “They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts”, and then called her the lewd one.
Supported Civil Rights
Marilyn Monroe, assumed by many in her time as being a dumb blonde, was actually contemplative and introspective. She identified with President Abraham Lincoln and imagined him as sort of a father figure. With no real father, her fantasies were limitless.
She believed Lincoln was “kind and good.” Her views, from communism to feminism, were progressive and ahead of her time. Feminism was not even a thing until after she was gone. Growing up in the LA area, she developed an awareness and appreciation for all nationalities and colors.