Marilyn Monroe

*contains spoilers The tragic life of actress and model Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007 multiple drug overdose) is probably not meant to be celebrated but this cult personality made one movie which encapsulates herself and Marilyn Monroe on steroids and I mean low budget steroids. That film is the still disappointing Skyscraper (1996). Smith only made…

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*contains spoilers Arthur Miller’s one act play Some Kind of Love Story (1984) barely rates a mention in Timebends and I don’t think Miller considered it an important play. Like Norman Mailer’s Tough Guys Don’t Dance, it was apparently based on a real life case in a New England town. This time a teenager was…

Read more Marilyn’s Ghost in Arthur Miller’s The Misfits and Everybody Wins (Part Two)

*contains spoilers Playwright and occasional screenwriter Arthur Miller (1915-2005 bladder cancer) was, of course, married for several years to troubled actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962 sleeping pill overdose). He tried to save her but she either didn’t want to, or was unable to, save herself. He wrote the classic plays Death of a Salesman and The…

Read more Marilyn’s Ghost in Arthur Miller’s The Misfits and Everybody Wins (Part One)