So we think of Marilyn who was every Man's love affair with America, Marilyn Monroe who was blonde and beautiful and had a sweet little rinky-dink of a voice and all the cleanliness of all the clean American backyards.
If we want to comprehend the insane, then we must question the fundamental notion of modern psychiatry – that we have but one life and one death. The concept that no human being has ever existed before or will be reincarnated again is a philosophical rule of thumb which dominates psychiatry; yet all theory built upon this concept has failed – one is tempted to say systematically – in every effort to find a consistent method of cure for psychotics.
The stinginess for which he was famous – find the witness to testify that Miller had ever picked up a check – now seemed to have become a species of creative thrift. He was tight, he was tied up, he was abstemious – an artist in a time of such orderliness and depression can feel he has nothing to write about. Experience repeats itself with the breath of a turnip.
Holding the cross of high theatrical culture overhead, as if exorcising an incubus, Strasberg could have played the chaplain in a dungeon mortuary where the services would provide no music other than his icy voice. Veteran performers went weak at the thought of performing before Strasberg. For good cause. He invariably looked as if he had just caught a whiff of some hitherto buried stink.
English accents, Olivier’s in particular, have to certainly remind them that she is a girl from a semi-slum street and he is a boy from Brooklyn. She says the wrong things at her first press conference. The British do not care if she is witty, or refreshingly dumb, but she must choose to be one, or be the other — instead, she is pretentious.
Huston is, of course, the only celebrated film artist to bear comparison to Hemingway. His life celebrates a style more important to him than film. His movies do not embody his life so much as they seem to emerge out of a pocket of his mind. He will take horses seriously and hunting, gambling, and serious drinking, he will be famous for a few of the most elaborate practical jokes in the well-documented Hollywood annals — by implication he does his picture work with disdain. It is as if film is an activity good men must not take upon themselves too solemnly.
And if there's a wish, pay your visit to Mr. Dickens. For he, like many another literary man, is bound to adore you, fatherless child.
In 1973, Norman Mailer published 'Marilyn', his celebrated in-depth account of the life of Marilyn Monroe, as a glossy, fully illustrated coffee-table tome. Now, it has been made available in an accessible mass-market paperback edition.