Actress returns from two-year absence

July 10, 1958

GOOD MORNING: The No. 1 item in story confabs at 20th-Fox is finding a good yarn for Marilyn Monroe. She owes her alma mater three more pix in as many years … She’s returned after a two-year absence from Hollywood during which she’s been doing a lot of studying … Paula Strasberg will be on hand to coach MM on her thesping responsibilities in “Some Like It Hot” … She said hubby Arthur Miller is now writing a play, which she describes as a “contemporary play of our times. And,” she continues, “if there’s a part he might let me try out for it.” … 2008 update: I had caught up with Marilyn on Sept. 17 at the Del Coronado Hotel, the day before a pregnant Monroe left the set for Cedars-Sinai hospital. In what was considered a rare interview, MM admitted, “The best role I’ve ever played is the one I’m playing now — that of Mrs. Arthur Miller.” Everyone had been kidding Miss M. about her method acting and when asked if she was using the Stanislavski method, she answered, “I don’t know. I’ve never read him. I don’t even know what ‘the method’ is but at the (Strasberg’s) Actors Studio (where she was an observer-student) — we go beyond the method” … Miller, who was also always on the set, penned another screenplay, “The Misfits,” but said he did not know whom he wanted to film it. “But I’ll be very careful,” he told me … Billy Wilder had to shoot around Marilyn as she left for N.Y. with Miller. On her return she requested a grand piano be moved into her Hotel Bel-Air suite to save her going to the studio for rehearsals — in her delicate condition. She miscarried but finished the film, one of her best and a classic for Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Joe E. Brown … Two years later, Marilyn starred in Miller’s “Misfits” with Clark Gable and directed by John Huston. The tales of Marilyn’s continued tardiness on this blistering hot location set reportedly compounded Gable’s condition. It was the last film for both. He died Nov. 16, 1960, she died Aug. 5, 1962. He was 59, she was 36. The cause of her death remains constantly debated. It remains a tragedy.

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