Monroe, the misfit, by former husband Miller
If we can't get over her, more than 40 years after her death, perhaps it is little surprise that her last husband's thoughts still return to her - even while he is at work.
Arthur Miller has written a new play about Marilyn Monroe. Finishing The Picture is a tale of her battles with drink, drugs and depression, and is based on the making of The Misfits, her last finished film, which was written for Monroe by Miller.
According to those who have seen the new work - "not a complete play, it is really just a draft," according to an audience member - the Monroe character does not set foot on stage. She is, however, constantly talked about. In the play, the Marilyn character is addicted to tranquillizers, drinks heavily and suffers a nervous breakdown.
Given the playwright's reluctance to speak directly about his life with one of the 20th-century's most enduring icons, the only clues are to be found in his fiction. Miller has written before about Monroe, whom he divorced in 1961, a year before she died as a result of an overdose of sleeping pills at the age of 36.
In 1964, he wrote After The Fall, said to be an autobiographical work. It was assumed to be an attempt by Miller to overcome his obsession with Monroe.
The couple met while she was taking acting classes. During their relationship, the actress, whose first marriage was to the baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, suffered two miscarriages.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 4 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 5 Kanye West halts concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Fifty Shades of Grey movie: New picture of Anastasia Steele unveiled
Star Trek 3 to begin shooting within six months
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
The Walking Dead season 5 air date, trailer and season 4 recap
Robin Thicke’s hit 'Blurred Lines' lands him in court, and he had 'almost no part' in writing it
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly