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Death of a Death of a Salesman Playwright

Playwright Arthur Miller Dies at 89
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Writer

ROXBURY, Conn. - Arthur Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose most famous fictional creation, Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," came to symbolize the American Dream gone awry, has died. He was 89.

Miller, who had been hailed as America's greatest living playwright, died Thursday night at his home in Roxbury of heart failure, his assistant, Julia Bolus, said Friday. His family was at his bedside, she said.

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I was always a big fan of The Crucible...
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Guy was married to Marilyn Monroe. He had a good run.

RIP
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Death of a Playwrite. This man's work is genius but I can't say his death is unexpected.
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Geez, I thought he died in the '50s or something. Seems like he had too many "classic" stories to still be alive.
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What a great author. Sad to see him pass. A true American legend.
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Incredible video/TV versions of Arthur Miller plays:

An Enemy of the People, 1990, starring John Glover (Smallville)
**a must-see if you love John Glover**

All My Sons, 1986, starring Aidan Quinn & James Whitmore
The Crucible, 1967, starring George C Scott & Colleen Dewhurst

then, of course:
Death of a Salesman, 1985, starring Dustin Hoffman & John Malcovich
(although I hear that the 2000 Brian Dennehy version may actually be better...)

The Hoffman Salesman is on DVD; sadly I think most of the others would be a rare find on VHS or ebay.
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A real loss. He and Tennessee Williams are probably the two great "serious" 20th Century playwrites.

The Goodman Theater recently debuted Finishing the Picture, a new Miller play losely based on Miller and his then-wife Marilyn Monroe's experiences on The Misfits, which Miller wrote for Monroe and which turned out to be Monroe's (and Clark Gable's) last film. Goodman Theater tickets are normally hard to come by, so I imagine they'll be next to impossible to find now.

Say ... does this mean Miller was Deep Throat?
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Guy was married to Marilyn Monroe.
One UK newspaper had the frontpage headline "Death of a Playwright" whereas tucked away inside a more sleazy tabloid was a small paragraph bearing the title "Monroe's Ex Dies".
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The Goodman Theater recently debuted Finishing the Picture, a new Miller play losely based on Miller and his then-wife Marilyn Monroe's experiences on The Misfits, which Miller wrote for Monroe and which turned out to be Monroe's (and Clark Gable's) last film.
Oddly enough, a similar piece was written and performed in Britain nearly a decade ago.
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I saw Finishing the Picture at the Goodman Theatre when it was playing a few months ago. It was good, but not of the quality of Miller's greatest works. It's probably most interesting for the Marilyn factor.

There aren't many American playwrights who could be considered an icon...he'll be greatly missed.

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