During her starlet years, Marilyn studied at the Actors Lab in Los Angeles, an outpost of East Coast theatrical folk in the heart of film industry territory. At the time she thought of New York as "a far, far away place...where actors and directors did very different things than stand around all day arguing about a close-up or a camera angle....It seemed so exciting to me, and I wanted to be part of that life."
In 1954 she decided to make it happen. In the Big Apple she
holed up with business partner Milton Greene to plan her
life as an independent producer, she began working with Lee
Strasberg, she re-negoitated her contract with Fox, she
plunged into the world of psychoanalysis, and she fell in
love with Arthur Miller. Love prompted her to eulogize
about Brooklyn, where Miller was living at the time: "I'm
going to buy a little house in Brooklyn and live there.
I'll go to the coast only when I have to make a picture."
Marilyn had a number of homes in New York City from 1955
until her death. For most of that time, she had an
apartment on East Fifty-Seventh Street. Her last visit to
New York was in May 1962, when she sang "Happy Birthday" to
President Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.
-from "The Marilyn
your own trip to New York and want to visit some Marilyn
Print out the following map....
recommend staying at the Radio City
Apartments. It was very
reasonably priced and had a fabulous location!
Fountain located in
some rare footage of Marilyn walking the streets of New