45 Facts About Arthur Miller


Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright, essayist and screenwriter in the 20th-century American theater.


Arthur Miller wrote several screenplays and was most noted for his work on The Misfits.


Arthur Miller received the Praemium Imperiale prize in 2001, the Prince of Asturias Award in 2002, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2003, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 1999.


Arthur Miller's father was born in Radomysl Wielki, Galicia, and his mother was a native of New York whose parents arrived from that town.


Arthur Miller became a wealthy and respected man in the community.


Arthur Miller later published an account of his early years under the title "A Boy Grew in Brooklyn".


At the University of Michigan, Arthur Miller first majored in journalism and wrote for the student newspaper, The Michigan Daily, and the satirical Gargoyle Humor Magazine.


Arthur Miller switched his major to English, and subsequently won the Avery Hopwood Award for No Villain.


Arthur Miller enrolled in a playwriting seminar with the influential Professor Kenneth Rowe, who emphasized how a play was built to achieve its intended effect, or what Miller called "the dynamics of play construction".


In 1937, Arthur Miller wrote Honors at Dawn, which received the Avery Hopwood Award.


Arthur Miller chose the theater project despite the more lucrative offer to work as a scriptwriter for 20th Century Fox.


Arthur Miller began working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard while continuing to write radio plays, some of which were broadcast on CBS.


Arthur Miller was exempted from military service during World War II because of a high school football injury to his left kneecap.


In 1947, Arthur Miller's play All My Sons, the writing of which had commenced in 1941, was a success on Broadway and his reputation as a playwright was established.


Years later, in a 1994 interview with Ron Rifkin, Arthur Miller said that most contemporary critics regarded All My Sons as "a very depressing play in a time of great optimism" and that positive reviews from Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times had saved it from failure.


In 1948, Arthur Miller built a small studio in Roxbury, Connecticut.


In 1949, Arthur Miller exchanged letters with Eugene O'Neill regarding Arthur Miller's production of All My Sons.


Arthur Miller ended the letter with an invitation to Boston, a trip that never occurred.


In June 1956, Arthur Miller left his first wife, Mary Slattery, whom he had married in 1940, and wed film star Marilyn Monroe.


Later that year, Arthur Miller was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and Monroe accompanied him.


Arthur Miller began work on writing the screenplay for The Misfits in 1960, directed by John Huston and starring Monroe.


In February 1962, Arthur Miller married photographer Inge Morath, who had worked as a photographer documenting the production of The Misfits.


Against his wife's wishes, Arthur Miller had him institutionalized, first at a home for infants in New York City, then at the Southbury Training School in Connecticut.


Arthur Miller would retaliate against Kazan's work by writing A View from the Bridge, a play where a longshoreman outs his co-workers motivated only by jealousy and greed.


Arthur Miller was sentenced to a fine and a prison sentence, blacklisted, and disallowed a US passport.


Arthur Miller sympathized with Reilly, whom he firmly believed to be innocent and to have been railroaded by the Connecticut State Police and the Attorney General who initially prosecuted the case.


Arthur Miller has created a shameless piece of tabloid gossip, an act of exhibitionism which makes us all voyeurs.


Arthur Miller wrote the penetrating family drama The Price, produced in 1968.


In 1968, Arthur Miller attended the Democratic National Convention as a delegate for Eugene McCarthy.


In 1969, Arthur Miller's works were banned in the Soviet Union after he campaigned for the freedom of dissident writers.


Arthur Miller was an unusually articulate commentator on his own work.


In 1983, Arthur Miller traveled to China to produce and direct Death of a Salesman at the People's Art Theatre in Beijing.


In October 1999, Arthur Miller received The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, given annually to "a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life".


In December 2004,89-year-old Arthur Miller announced that he had been in love with 34-year-old minimalist painter Agnes Barley and had been living with her at his Connecticut farm since 2002, and that they intended to marry.


Arthur Miller died on the evening of February 10,2005 at age 89 of bladder cancer and heart failure, at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.


Arthur Miller had been in hospice care at his sister's apartment in New York since his release from hospital the previous month.


Arthur Miller's body was interred at Roxbury Center Cemetery in Roxbury.


Arthur Miller's writing career spanned over seven decades, and at the time of his death, he was considered one of the 20th century's greatest dramatists.


Arthur Miller is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.


The Arthur Miller Foundation was founded to honor the legacy of Miller and his New York City Public School education.


Arthur Miller donated thirteen boxes of his earliest manuscripts to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin in 1961 and 1962.


In January, 2018, the Ransom Center announced the acquisition of the remainder of the Arthur Miller archive, totaling over 200 boxes.


The book was published in November 2008, and is reported to reveal unpublished works in which Arthur Miller "bitterly attack[ed] the injustices of American racism long before it was taken up by the civil rights movement".


In 1999 the writer Christopher Hitchens attacked Arthur Miller for comparing the Monica Lewinsky investigation to the Salem witch hunt.


Arthur Miller had asserted a parallel between the examination of physical evidence on Lewinsky's dress and the examinations of women's bodies for signs of the "Devil's Marks" in Salem.