66 Years Ago: Arthur Miller to Wed Marilyn

Marilyn and Arthur before their wedding in 1956

On June 22, 1956, the Wilmington Morning News reported on Arthur Miller’s plans to marry Marilyn amid his court battle with the House Un-American Activities Committee.

“Playwright Arthur Miller put on a real life drama in two acts today by (1) announcing he will marry Marilyn Monroe and (2) publicly acknowledging he had erred by supporting Communist fronts.

‘I would not support a cause dominated by Communists,’ he said.

The Capitol was the backdrop for the drama: Miller, 40, tall and lanky in a navy blue suit and smoking a pipe, was center stage before the House Committee on un-American Activities.

The Pulitzer Prize winner told the committee he wanted a passport to go to England to see about production of a play [A View From the Bridge] and ‘to join the woman who will be my wife.’

It was during a recess he told reporters he would marry the curvaceous Marilyn with the blonde hair before she goes to London July 13 to make a movie [The Prince and the Showgirl] … Now the man who wrote such plays as Death of a Salesman and The Crucible will marry the pinup girl of the troops …

The committee called Miller to talk about why he was denied a passport in 1954 on the ground that his travel abroad would not be in the best interests of the United States.

‘I was never under Communist Party discipline,’ Miller said. ‘As for contributing to front groups, I wouldn’t deny that – I’m here to tell the truth.’

Then the question came for Miller to name others who had been at what he said he understood to be meetings of Communist writers in 1939 or 1940.

‘I could not use the name of another person and bring trouble on him,’ Miller said …”