Young girl, Norma Jeane had a passion for theater.
At school, she got parts in several plays : "Petronella" and a musical show given for St Velentine's Day at Emerson High School. But it seems that she didn't impress enough the members of the theater club of her new school, Van Nuys High, to get a part.
In 1947 after the Fox had refused to renew her contract, she registered at the theatrical company Bliss-Hayden Miniature Theater, 254 South Robertson Boulevard, in Beverly Hills (today the The Beverly Hills Playhouse):
She appeared in 2 plays, "Glamour Preferred" and "Stage Door".
Although she received many praises from Lee Strasberg and despite her undisputable devotion to the theatrical art, she was much more a movie actress than a stage one. As many biographers noticed it, she was unable to put up with the daily vagaries, some days "with" some others "without", with no opportunity to play the scene again. Even the experienced stage actors can have difficulties to readjust themselves to the stage demanding rythm, once they've entered the movie world.
When she studied at the Actors Studio, she played several scenes from famous plays including "Anna Christie" of Eugene O'Neill, "Golden Boy" of Clifford Odets, " A Streetcar Named Desire" of Tennessee Williams.
Once, she would have greeted Broadway : after a representation of " Teahouse of the August Moon" , a play performed at the Martin Beck Theater (302 West 45th Street, New York, in which one of her friends, Eli Wallach, played, Marilyn went up on the stage for the curtain calls.
Season 1955-1956 : she often went to theater in Broadway; during this period, she saw Paul Muni in "Inherit the Wind" of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E.Lee, Susan Strasberg in "The Diary of Anne Frank", Edward G.Robinson and Gena Rowlands in "Middle of the Night" of Paddy Chayefsky.
In 1953 Marilyn attended the premiere of "Call me Madam", a play performed by Ethel Merman, her partner in "There's No Business Like Show Business".
with the reporters
with Donald O'Connor
On March 9, 1955 Marilyn attended, with Milton Greene, the premiere of "East of Eden" at the Astor Theater, in New York.
With Milton Berle
With Richard Davalos
With Sammy Davis Jr
With Milton Greene
With Jay Kanter, agent at the MCA in New York
With Earl Wilson
Party after the performance
On December 12, 1955, she attended the premiere of "The Rose Tattoo", in New York.
With Marlon Brando
With the Strasbergs
With the Rostens
With Arthur Miller
With Arthur Jacobs
On February 8, 1956 Marilyn attended the premiere of "Middle of the Night"
On December 4, 1956 Marilyn was an usherette for the premiere of "Baby Doll", to the benefit of the Actors Studio.
At the Actors Studio
Presentation to the press
with Pearl Mesta
with the reporters
Marilyn leaving the Actors Studio
On December 18, 1956 premiere of "Baby Doll" at the Victoria Broadway Theater
with Arthur Miller
in the auditorium
with Joan Copeland
On July 10,1958 Marilyn attended the premiere of "Gigi" at the Paramount Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.
On February 10, 1959 Marilyn and her husband Arthur Miller attended the representation of "Macbeth" at the,.
On August 15, 1959 Marilyn and Arthur Miller attended the representation of "Macbeth" at theBoston Arts Center Theater : ,.
On March 13, 1961, Marilyn attended a party to the benefit of the Actors Studio, at the Roseland Dance City, in New York.
at the table
on the scene
with the Strasbergs
On February 6, 1962, Marilyn attended a performance of "Macbeth", at the Old Vic Theater, in New York, with the Strasbergs :
On February 14, 1962, she attended a performance of "Brecht on Brecht" at the Theater du Lys, inGreenwich