- Dec 2011
- Iowa USA
That she had a very tough life is indisputable. Her ability to keep it together through '56 or even '58 is surprising considering how many factors in her life were indicative of a needed period of rest. (Arguably, Miller should have been the harbor?) Sorry for the digression, but yes, the ability to continue her career in middle-age roles was there.In the '50's, Marilyn did get one really different, serious role (seriously creepy), though it was in something of a B film... Don't Bother to Knock has her playing a very mentally disturbed and possibly dangerous babysitter... it's such an interesting role to see her in.
I think that if Marilyn had lived a bit longer, she would have started getting more dramatic, interesting roles... her final role as Roslyn in The Misfits might have been a good sort of transition, but by the time she was working on Some Like It Hot, she was an unpredictable and unprofessional actor to work with according to her costars (hungover or drunk on set, late, not knowing her lines), so her life was falling apart by the late '50's.