Arthur Miller
American playwright and essayist
Arthur Miller
Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American theatre, writing dramas that include plays such as All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), and A View from the Bridge (one-act, 1955; revised two-act, 1956).
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MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Beautiful Movie Poster with Michelle Williams - Daemon's Movies
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The movie also stars Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, Dougray Scott as Arthur Miller, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, Dominic Cooper, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh, Vivien Leigh, Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike, and is directed by
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Students audition for 'All My Sons' production; Cast announced - The Lion's Roar Newspaper
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Jesse Lunsford and Sarah Levesque fill out audition forms inside the lobby of D Vickers for the Arthur Miller play “All My Sons.” The auditions for the upcoming production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" was met with newcomers to the theatre program
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Giveaway: A View From the Bridge - TheaterJones Performing Arts News in North Texas
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Win two tickets to opening night of Arthur Miller's play at the Rose Marine Theater. by TJ Staff For today's giveaway, we have two VIP tickets to opening night of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, presented by Artes de la Rosa at the Rose Marine
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Hollinghurst joins UEA festival line-up - The Bookseller
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Director of the Arthur Miller Centre, which hosts the festival, professor Chris Bigsby said: “It seems amazing that the festival has been going for 21 years. Each year I hope that we will be able to come up to the level of previous years and each year
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Last updated at 7:00 PM on 20th August 2011 - Daily Mail
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Dylan Thomas drank himself to death in 205, playwright Arthur Miller got over his break-up with Marilyn Monroe in 614 and Bob Dylan stayed up for days in 211 'writin' Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands'. Sid Vicious claimed he couldn't remember stabbing his
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Arthur Miller: why America lowered the curtain on his reputation - The Guardian
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Arthur Miller at home in Roxbury, Connecticut with his wife Marilyn Monroe in 1957. Photograph: Sam Shaw/Rex Features When dramatist Arthur Miller died in 2005, the Wall Street Journal obituary was headlined "The Great Pretender: Arthur Miller wasn't
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Stage Door: Joan Copeland's Show - Huffington Post
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Copeland earned a Drama Desk Award for her Broadway performance in The American Clock, written by her famous brother, Arthur Miller, and an Obie for The American Plan. Ever versatile, Copeland had prominent roles in various daytime dramas,
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A small, romantic resort that once drew Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, the Jamaica Inn is about quiet luxury - a single thatch-roofed bar, a small pool and beautiful rooms with oversize terraces and soft, colonial decor
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Name of the game must be a wider community benefit - The Guardian (blog)
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cries John Proctor, before death, in Arthur Miller's persecution classic, The Crucible. Now he might shout: "How much am I bid?" A tour of American sport could lead you to the Dunkin' Donuts Center, the Quicken Loans Arena, the KFC Yum!
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Casting Complete for London Revival of Arthur Miller's Broken Glass -
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Casting is now complete for the upcoming production of Arthur Miller's Olivier-winning Broken Glass, which will play a limited season at the Tricycle Aug. 10-Sept. 10 before transferring to London's Vaudeville Theatre
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'Alphas' star David Strathairn on why he continues to work as an actor - Kansas City Star
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"In theater I've always learned something about the particular world that the play is about - whether it's 1906 outside of Moscow in a Chekhov play, or an Arthur Miller play. Of course, Shakespeare is extraordinary," he says. "I'm always learning about
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Open auditions for "All My Sons," the Tony Award-winning drama by Arthur Miller will be at 7 pm Tuesday and again July 10 and 11 at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, 2020 San Juan Ave. in Vero Beach. Performances will be in September
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Williamstown Theatre Festival: A writer's voice speaks to director - Berkshire Eagle
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WILLIAMSTOWN -- The way director Robert Falls sees it, playwright Jon Robin Baitz brings a voice to the American stage that hasn't been heard since Arthur Miller. "It's a voice of moral clarity and outrage,"
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"Rock Around The Clock" Hit Number One On The Billboard Singles Chart - WFMY News 2
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Also in 1956, actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in Kentucky. In 1963, Del Shannon hit the charts with "From Me To You," the first Beatles cover tune on the American charts. In 1967, actress Jayne Mansfield died at the age of 34
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'Jerry Springer' Vs. Arthur Miller Vs. 'The Underpants' - OC Weekly
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Arthur Miller's heart-breaking saga of the underbelly of the American Dream. Maxwell Smart. A gay Jesus. Psychotic beach parties. So, let's get to it. In alphabetical order are the various theatrical entities that will produce shows through September
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Antony Sher and Tara Fitzgerald Lead BROKEN GLASS - Broadway World
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Antony Sher, reprising his role as Phillip Gellburg, and TAra Fitzgerald as Sylvia Gellburg will star in the Tricycle's critically acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's Olivier Award winning Broken Glass. Following a sell out run at the Tricycle
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Arthur Miller
  • 2005
    Christopher Bigsby wrote Arthur Miller: The Definitive Biography based on boxes of papers Miller made available to him before his death in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The book was published in November 2008, and is reported to reveal unpublished works in which Miller "bitterly attacked the injustices of American racism long before it was taken up by the civil rights movement". In his book Trinity of Passion, author Alan M. Wald conjectures that Miller was "a member of a writer's unit of the Communist Party around 1946," using the pseudonym Matt Wayne, and editing a drama column in the magazine The New Masses. Two months after Miller died Peter O'Toole called him a "bore" and Roger Kimball went on record saying that Miller's artistic accomplishments were meager. The Arthur Miller Foundation was founded to honor the legacy of Miller and his New York City Public School Education. The mission of the foundation is: Promoting increased access and equity to theater arts education in our schools and Increasing the number of students receiving theater arts education as an integral part of their academic curriculum. Other initiatives include effecting the certification of new theater teachers and their placement in public schools, increasing the number of theater teachers in the system from the current estimate of 180 teachers in 1800 schools, supporting professional development of all certified theater teachers, providing teaching artists, cultural partners, physical spaces, and theater ticket allocations for students The Foundation's primary purpose is to provide arts education in the New York City School system. The current canceller of the foundation is Carmen Farina, a large proponent of the common core.
  • 2004
    Miller's final play, Finishing the Picture, opened at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, in the fall of 2004, with one character said to be based on Barley.
    More Details Hide Details It was reported to be based on his experience during the filming The Misfits, though Miller insisted the play is a work of fiction with independent characters that were no more than composite shadows of history. Miller died of heart failure after suffering from cancer, pneumonia and congestive heart disease, at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. He had been in hospice care at his sister's apartment in New York since his release from hospital the previous month.
    In December 2004, 89-year-old Miller announced that he had been in love with 34-year-old minimalist painter Agnes Barley and had been living with her at his Connecticut farm since 2002, and that they intended to marry.
    More Details Hide Details Within hours of her father's death, Rebecca Miller ordered Barley to vacate the premises, having consistently opposed the relationship.
  • 2002
    On May 1, 2002, Miller was awarded Spain's Principe de Asturias Prize for Literature as "the undisputed master of modern drama."
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Ingeborg Morath died of lymphatic cancer at the age of 78. The following year Miller won the Jerusalem Prize.
  • 2001
    In 2001, Miller received the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
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    In 2001 the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) selected Miller for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities.
    More Details Hide Details Miller's lecture was entitled "On Politics and the Art of Acting." Miller's lecture analyzed political events (including the U.S. presidential election of 2000) in terms of the "arts of performance," and it drew attacks from some conservatives such as Jay Nordlinger, who called it "a disgrace," and George Will, who argued that Miller was not legitimately a "scholar."
  • 1999
    In 1999, Miller was awarded The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the richest prizes in the arts, given annually to "a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life."
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  • 1998
    Miller was honored with the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a Master American Dramatist in 1998.
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  • 1993
    In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
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  • 1987
    In late 1987, Miller's autobiographical work, Timebends, was published.
    More Details Hide Details Before it was published, it was well known that Miller would not talk about Monroe in interviews; in Timebends Miller talks about his experiences with Monroe in detail. During the early-mid 1990s, Miller wrote three new plays: The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1992), and Broken Glass (1994). In 1996, a film of The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Scofield, Bruce Davison, and Winona Ryder opened. Miller spent much of 1996 working on the screenplay to the film. Mr. Peters' Connections was staged Off-Broadway in 1998, and Death of a Salesman was revived on Broadway in 1999 to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The play, once again, was a large critical success, winning a Tony Award for best revival of a play.
  • 1984
    The play was a success in China and in 1984, Salesman in Beijing, a book about Miller's experiences in Beijing, was published.
    More Details Hide Details Around the same time, Death of a Salesman was made into a TV movie starring Dustin Hoffman as Willy Loman. Shown on CBS, it attracted 25 million viewers.
  • 1983
    In 1983, Miller traveled to China to produce and direct Death of a Salesman at the People's Art Theatre in Beijing.
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  • 1978
    Miller was an unusually articulate commentator on his own work. In 1978 he published a collection of his Theater Essays, edited by Robert A. Martin and with a foreword by Miller.
    More Details Hide Details Highlights of the collection included Miller's introduction to his Collected Plays, his reflections on the theory of tragedy, comments on the McCarthy Era, and pieces arguing for a publicly supported theater. Reviewing this collection in the Chicago Tribune, Studs Terkel remarked, "in reading Theater Essays you are exhilaratingly aware of a social critic, as well as a playwright, who knows what he's talking about."
  • 1972
    Both his 1972 comedy The Creation of the World and Other Business and its musical adaptation, Up from Paradise, were critical and commercial failures.
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  • 1969
    In 1969, Miller's works were banned in the Soviet Union after he campaigned for the freedom of dissident writers.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the 1970s, Miller spent much of his time experimenting with the theatre, producing one-act plays such as Fame and The Reason Why, and traveling with his wife, producing In The Country and Chinese Encounters with her.
  • 1968
    Miller also wrote the penetrating family drama, The Price, produced in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details It was Miller's most successful play since Death of a Salesman.
  • 1966
    A year later, Miller organized the 1966 PEN congress in New York City.
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  • 1965
    In 1965, Miller was elected the first American president of PEN International, a position which he held for four years.
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  • 1964
    In 1964 After the Fall was produced, and is said to be a deeply personal view of Miller's experiences during his marriage to Monroe.
    More Details Hide Details The play reunited Miller with his former friend Kazan: they collaborated on both the script and the direction. After the Fall opened on January 23, 1964 at the ANTA Theatre in Washington Square Park amid a flurry of publicity and outrage at putting a Monroe-like character, called Maggie, on stage. Robert Brustein, in a review in the New Republic, called After the Fall "a three and one half hour breach of taste, a confessional autobiography of embarrassing explicitness... there is a misogynistic strain in the play which the author does not seem to recognize.... He has created a shameless piece of tabloid gossip, an act of exhibitionism which makes us all voyeurs,... a wretched piece of dramatic writing." That same year, Miller produced Incident at Vichy.
  • 1962
    Miller married photographer Inge Morath on February 17, 1962 and the first of their two children, Rebecca, was born September 15, 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Daniel, was born with Down syndrome in November 1966; he was institutionalized and excluded from the Millers' personal life at Arthur's insistence. The couple remained together until Inge's death in 2002. Arthur Miller's son-in-law, actor Daniel Day-Lewis, is said to have visited Daniel frequently, and to have persuaded Arthur Miller to reunite with him.
  • 1961
    Miller began work on The Misfits, starring his wife. Miller later said that the filming was one of the lowest points in his life; shortly before the film's premiere in 1961, they divorced. 19 months later, Monroe died of a possible drug overdose.
    More Details Hide Details Miller's future wife, Inge Morath, worked as a photographer documenting the film's production. The film proved to be the last appearances for both Monroe and Clark Gable, and one of the last for Montgomery Clift.
  • 1958
    In 1958, his conviction was overturned by the court of appeals, which ruled that Miller had been misled by the chairman of the HUAC.
    More Details Hide Details Miller's experience with the HUAC affected him throughout his life. In the late 1970s he became very interested in the highly publicized Barbara Gibbons murder case, in which Gibbons' son Peter Reilly was convicted of his mother's murder based on what many felt was a coerced confession and little other evidence. City Confidential, an A&E Network series, produced an episode about the murder, postulating that part of the reason Miller took such an active interest (including supporting Reilly's defense and using his own celebrity to bring attention to Reilly's plight) was because he had felt similarly persecuted in his run-ins with the HUAC. He sympathized with Reilly, whom he firmly believed to be innocent and to have been railroaded by the Connecticut State Police and the Attorney General who had initially prosecuted the case.
  • 1957
    As a result, a judge found Miller guilty of contempt of Congress in May 1957.
    More Details Hide Details Miller was sentenced to a fine and a prison sentence, blacklisted, and disallowed a US passport.
  • 1956
    When Miller applied in 1956 for a routine renewal of his passport, the House Unamerican Activities Committee used this opportunity to subpoena him to appear before the committee.
    More Details Hide Details Before appearing, Miller asked the committee not to ask him to name names, to which the chairman, Francis E. Walter (D-PA) agreed. When Miller attended the hearing, to which Monroe accompanied him, risking her own career, he gave the committee a detailed account of his political activities. Reneging on the chairman's promise, the committee demanded the names of friends and colleagues who had participated in similar activities. Miller refused to comply, saying "I could not use the name of another person and bring trouble on him."
    In June 1956, Miller left his first wife, Mary Slattery, and on June 29 he married Marilyn Monroe. They had met on April 23, 1951, when they had a brief affair, and had remained in contact since then.
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  • 1954
    The HUAC took an interest in Miller himself not long after The Crucible opened, denying him a passport to attend the play's London opening in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details Kazan defended his own actions through his film On the Waterfront, in which a dockworker heroically testifies against a corrupt union boss.
  • 1953
    The Crucible, in which Miller likened the situation with the House Un-American Activities Committee to the witch hunt in Salem in 1692, opened at the Beck Theatre on Broadway on January 22, 1953.
    More Details Hide Details Though widely considered only somewhat successful at the time of its initial release, today The Crucible is Miller's most frequently produced work throughout the world and was adapted into an opera by Robert Ward, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1962. Miller and Kazan were close friends throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s, but after Kazan's testimony to the HUAC, the pair's friendship ended, and they did not speak to each other for the next ten years.
  • 1952
    In 1952, Elia Kazan appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC); unwilling to risk his promising career in Hollywood for the Communist cause that he had come to despise, Kazan named eight members of the Group Theatre, including Clifford Odets, Paula Strasberg, Lillian Hellman, J.
    More Details Hide Details Edward Bromberg, and John Garfield, who in recent years had been fellow members of the Communist Party. After speaking with Kazan about his testimony, Miller traveled to Salem, Massachusetts to research the witch trials of 1692.
  • 1949
    In 1949, Miller exchanged letters with Eugene O'Neill regarding Miller's production of All My Sons.
    More Details Hide Details O'Neill had sent Miller a congratulatory telegram; in response, he wrote a letter that consisted of a few paragraphs detailing his gratitude for the telegram, apologizing for not responding earlier, and inviting Eugene to the opening of Death of a Salesman. O'Neill replied, accepting the apology, but declining the invitation, explaining that his Parkinson's disease made it difficult to travel. He ended the letter with an invitation to Boston, which never occurred. In 1956, a one-act version of Miller's verse drama A View from the Bridge opened on Broadway in a joint bill with one of Miller's lesser-known plays, A Memory of Two Mondays. The following year, Miller revised A View from the Bridge as a two-act prose drama, which Peter Brook directed in London. A French-Italian co-production Vu du pont, based on the play, was released in 1962.
  • 1948
    In 1948, Miller built a small studio in Roxbury, Connecticut.
    More Details Hide Details There, in less than a day, he wrote Act I of Death of a Salesman. Within six weeks, he completed the rest of the play, one of the classics of world theater. Death of a Salesman premiered on Broadway on February 10, 1949 at the Morosco Theatre, directed by Elia Kazan, and starring Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman, Mildred Dunnock as Linda, Arthur Kennedy as Biff, and Cameron Mitchell as Happy. The play was commercially successful and critically acclaimed, winning a Tony Award for Best Author, the New York Drama Circle Critics' Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was the first play to win all three of these major awards. The play was performed 742 times.
  • 1947
    In 1947, Miller's play All My Sons, the writing of which had commenced in 1941, was a success on Broadway (earning him his first Tony Award, for Best Author) and his reputation as a playwright was established.
    More Details Hide Details Years later, in a 1994 interview with Ron Rifkin, Miller said that most contemporary critics regarded All My Sons as "a very depressing play in a time of great optimism" and that positive reviews from Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times had saved it from failure.
  • 1940
    Miller was exempted from military service during World War II because of a high-school football injury to his left kneecap. 1940 was also the year his first play was produced; The Man Who Had All the Luck won the Theatre Guild's National Award.
    More Details Hide Details The play closed after four performances with disastrous reviews.
    In 1940, Miller married Mary Grace Slattery.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had two children, Jane and Robert (born May 31, 1947).
  • 1938
    After his graduation in 1938, he joined the Federal Theater Project, a New Deal agency established to provide jobs in the theater.
    More Details Hide Details He chose the theater project despite the more lucrative offer to work as a scriptwriter for 20th Century Fox. However, Congress, worried about possible Communist infiltration, closed the project in 1939. Miller began working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard while continuing to write radio plays, some of which were broadcast on CBS.
  • 1937
    In 1937, Miller wrote Honors at Dawn, which also received the Avery Hopwood Award.
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  • 1932
    After graduating in 1932 from Abraham Lincoln High School, he worked at several menial jobs to pay for his college tuition.
    More Details Hide Details At the University of Michigan, Miller first majored in journalism and worked for the student paper, the Michigan Daily. It was during this time that he wrote his first play, No Villain. Miller switched his major to English, and subsequently won the Avery Hopwood Award for No Villain. The award brought him his first recognition and led him to begin to consider that he could have a career as a playwright. Miller enrolled in a playwriting seminar taught by the influential Professor Kenneth Rowe, who instructed him in his early forays into playwriting; Rowe emphasized how a play is built in order to achieve its intended effect, or what Miller called "the dynamics of play construction". Rowe provided realistic feedback along with much-needed encouragement, and became a lifelong friend. Miller retained strong ties to his alma mater throughout the rest of his life, establishing the university's Arthur Miller Award in 1985 and Arthur Miller Award for Dramatic Writing in 1999, and lending his name to the Arthur Miller Theatre in 2000.
  • 1915
    Miller was born on October 17, 1915, in Harlem, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, the second of three children of Augusta (Barnett) and Isidore Miller.
    More Details Hide Details Miller was of Polish-Jewish descent. His father was born in Radomyśl Wielki, Galicia (then part of Austria-Hungary, now Poland), and his mother was a native of New York whose parents also arrived from that town. Isidore owned a women's clothing manufacturing business employing 400 people. He became a wealthy and respected man in the community. The family, including his younger sister Joan Copeland, lived on West 110th Street in Manhattan, owned a summer house in Far Rockaway, Queens, and employed a chauffeur. In the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the family lost almost everything and moved to Gravesend, Brooklyn. As a teenager, Miller delivered bread every morning before school to help the family.
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