10 Interesting Facts About Arthur Miller

Mon 17 Oct

The 17 Oct, marks the anniversary of Arthur Miller's birth and October sees his play, All My Sons, open here at the Rose. We've put together a list of interesting facts about the playwright to mark this occasion. 

  1. He is of Polish and Jewish decent.
  2. On losing almost everything in the Wall Street Crash, his family had to move from Manhattan to Flatbush, Brooklyn.
  3. He was offered a job as a scriptwriter for 20th Century Fox after he graduated but turned it down in favour of working with The Federal Theater Project, a New Deal agency set up to establish jobs in theatre.
  4. His Broadway debut, The Man Who Had All The Luck, was a complete failure and closed after only four performances.
  5. Daughter Rebecca Miller is married to Daniel Day-Lewis, who starred in the 1996 film adaptation of Miller's play The Crucible.
  6. Was exempted from military service during World War II because of a football injury.
  7. The Soviet Union banned Miller's work after he campaigned for the freedom of dissident writers.
  8. Arthur Miller was inspired to become a writer after reading The Brothers Karamazov shortly after graduating from high school.
  9. When Miller and Marilyn Monroe married in 1956, the acerbic writer Norman Mailer described their marriage as the joining of "the Great American Brain" and "the Great American Body".
  10. In his small studio that Miller built himself (Roxbury, Connecticut) he wrote the first Act of Death of a Salesman in less than a day.

All My Sons plays at the Rose Theatre Kingston from Fri 28 Oct - Sat 19 Nov.

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