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9 Rare Color Photos Of Marilyn Monroe And Arthur Miller

Nicknamed "the Egghead and the Hourglass," the iconic movie star and the playwright/author made a very unlikely pair.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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