Joshua Lockwood Logan, III.
Date of birth : October 5, 1908, Texarkana, Texas.
Date of death: July 12, 1988, New York City.
He had spent 8 months when he was a student, with the Russian director Konstantin Stanislavski.
His wife was Nedda Logan, daughter of actor Ned Harrigan.
Broadway director, particularly known for "South Pacific" and "Mister Roberts".
He had frequent mood swings; manic-depressive,
he had been treated in psychiatric institutions with electroshock therapy.
He directed Susan Strasberg in "Picnic" (1956) (another play of William Inge, author of "Bus Stop") when he was contacted by Lew Wasserman, Marilyn's agent, to direct her in "Bus Stop" (1956), her first movie after her break up with the Fox.
He met Marilyn at a dinner at the Greenes in Connecticut.
Logan was reluctant and had doubts about her actress talent but his friend Lee Strasberg reassured him.
Well-known for his ability to direct "sensitives" actors (he had made, himself, a nervous breakdown), he knew how to deal with Marilyn.
At the Fox
March 12, 1956, at the Fox :
March 15, 1956, Marilyn arriving in Phoenix :
Pictures of the shooting:
Green blouse :
with Paula Strasberg
off set :
This exceptional relation free from any conflict between Marilyn and him, went on during the whole shooting. But Marilyn's anger burst when she saw the movie after the film ediitng; she thought that Logan had cut her best moments. Later she would say that she was convinced that, this way, he had compromised her chances of being nominated to the Academy Awards.He sang praises of Marilyn more than any other director.
On March 13, 1961, he attended, along with Marilyn, a party to the benefit of the Actors Studio, at the
"Movie Stars, Real People and Me". New York : Delacorte Press, 1978.