On June 29, 1956, Marilyn Monroe married playwright, author, and screenwriter, Arthur Miller – after reportedly having an affair for a year. At first glance the glamorous bombshell and the accomplished playwright made a very unlikely pair, and they had less than healthy reasons to be attracted to each other. Monroe yearned to be fawned upon and improve herself, while Miller loved the ego boost that came with being married to the most desired woman in the world.
The marriage was Monroe’s third and Miller’s second — he left his wife to be with her.
Of his relationship with Monroe, Miller wrote, “She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”
Shortly after their marriage, Monroe risked her career by testifying on behalf of Miller, who was being investigated for alleged Communist activities. He was eventually found guilty of contempt of Congress by the House Un-American Activities Committee for refusing to reveal the names of alleged Communist writers.
Fortunately, Miller’s conviction was overturned, which was reportedly due to Monroe’s intervention.
Monroe has a fun moment at their home in Roxbury, Conn.
Miller and Monroe share a romantic stroll in New York.
The two posing in front of the Queensboro Bridge.
A tender moment between the two as they dance at “An April in Paris Ball” held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Unfortunately their marriage was turbulent, which was mainly due to Monroe’s deteriorating physical and mental health.
As a last-ditch effort to both save their marriage and help Monroe get over a miscarriage, Arthur wrote the screenplay The Misfits for her as a Valentine’s gift. The film not only brought her critical acclaim, but was also her final complete film.
Monroe and Miller divorced the following year.