Monroe, Miller, & Bloomgarden At Home

Marilyn Monroe, Mixologist

In these forgotten photos from 1958, the actress pours drinks for husband Arthur Miller.

Robert W. Kelley

Blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe was at the height of her Hollywood acclaim when she married playwright Arthur Miller, her third husband, in 1956. It was an unexpected union, to be sure, provoking headlines like "Egghead Weds Hourglass." Despite the skeptical press, this new role was one Monroe relished, and she fled Los Angeles for a year and a half to devote herself to married life in New York City. In 1958, LIFE photographer Robert W. Kelley documented a night with the Millers, capturing the couple in their midtown Manhattan apartment as they hosted theater producer Kermit Bloomgarden. Mrs. Miller poured the drinks.

There's No Business Like Show Business Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images There's No Business Like Show Business Coming off the success of 1955's "The Seven-Year Itch," Monroe took a calculated risk in abandoning Tinseltown (at least temporarily) for the East Coast. But the hiatus didn't seem to affect her bankability too much. By July 1958, the same year these photos were taken, she was cast opposite Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Billy Wilder's comedy "Some Like It Hot," which opened to critical and commercial success in '59. Monroe also received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. Gentleman Prefers Blonde Robert W. Kelley Gentleman Prefers Blonde Though the "opposites attract" narrative got a lot of ink, Monroe and Miller had more in common than met the eye. Of course, they were both in the entertainment industry, but they also aligned on intellectual pursuits — despite typecasting, Monroe was no dumb blonde. In fact, her first LIFE cover story, in 1952, described her thusly: "Marilyn never finished high school but she is devoted to the intellectual life. She sprinkles her conversations with lines from Thomas Wolfe and Browning, with the same candid simplicity she uses in describing her dumbbell exercises." Still, Monroe and Miller would be married for just under five years, filing for divorce in 1961 and citing "incompatibility." The Seven-Year Pour Robert W. Kelley The Seven-Year Pour But that was years away, and this night was about hosting and toasting Bloomgarden (above, center), who had a long and successful collaboration with Miller. Their first project, "Death of a Salesman," won both the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. The duo produced other classics like "The Crucible" and "A View From the Bridge." Don't Bother to Knock Robert W. Kelley Don't Bother to Knock Monroe playfully eavesdrops on a conversation between Miller and Bloomgarden. Some Like It Chilled Robert W. Kelley Some Like It Chilled Monroe had no pretense about sitting on the floor of the couple's apartment — in heels, naturally. Cheers! Robert W. Kelley Cheers!
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