Anna was a terrific businesswoman, and she helped Lee set up a Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York, Los Angeles, and London. But maybe I’m too demanding. I wanted to know what Lee was like as a person. Christopher sniffed coke and packed a gun, and he knocked Susan around a lot. Why are we here on earth? “Pop wore cowboy boots and a hat and tried unsuccessfully to mediate between [director John] Huston and Miller and Marilyn,” Susan told me. In the meantime, she placed his photo on a bookshelf above her pillow. The movie, about concentration-camp victims and survivors, was nominated for the Academy Award for best foreign film of 1960. She gave Susan a Chagall sketch and bought Lee expensive art books and records. However, in the years since they'd first met, she'd become a star. She responded with, “Blessed…with the gifts that I am given and the ability to share them.”. Marilyn got the pearls in Japan when she was on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio.”, In 1957, Marilyn gave the pearls to Lee Strasberg’s second wife, Paula, who was her coach at the time. “As far as I know, Anna lived up to all these promises,” Nathanson says. Marilyn undulated after him. Shelley Winters, who had already been cast, arranged for Susan to have an interview with Stevens in Los Angeles, and Paula accompanied her. When friends told her she’d been naïve and too trusting, she would cry, “It must have been a mistake!”, An irony not lost on Susan was “that a good part of [my father’s] estate was 75% of Marilyn’s estate.” The troubled star had assumed that Lee Strasberg would “care for her, protect her in death as he had tried to do,” Susan wrote, “if unsuccessfully in life. “I took some of the white tulips I’d brought and placed them on Mother’s grave. “I’d do it again and again if I had to,” he says. She wrote: 'As you know, for years I have been struggling to find some emotional security with little success, for many different reasons. The Strasbergs – Lee and Paula – were Marilyn’s foster parents and much of her estate after her death went to them. She had a new analyst, Dr. Ralph Greenson, who controlled her every move and tried to keep old friends such as Susan and Ralph Roberts away from her. The two were complete opposites: a movie star sex symbol in love with a cerebral, award-winning playwright. And work means not merely performing professionally, but to study and truly devote myself. READ MORE: Inside Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's Roller Coaster Romance. And then Lee would tell Susan, “Jenny will be taken care of, I promise—just like the boys.”, There were many happy times in the Brentwood house. Then he would turn his attention to Marilyn’s sparkling potential. Within a couple of hours, says Mildred Smith, Anna Strasberg arrived. We didn’t know who each other were. Cynthia Adler says, “I phoned Susie around 10:30, and she told me she was very, very tired.” Adler told her to sleep for a half-hour. But the studios wanted Marilyn Monroe to keep the `dumb blonde’ image forever despite that the fact she was a great comedian as well, Shelley added. They sat and talked until the place closed, and were together from that point on. She was often on the move, starring in the road company of Agnes of God, in which she played the chain-smoking, fast-talking lawyer, or working with Orson Welles in Carefree, Arizona, on his never-to-be-released movie The Other Side of the Wind. Though Miller was cited for contempt (his subsequent conviction would eventually be overturned on appeal), he did get his passport. This is still in the formative phase, but I am thinking of you in some consultative position or in whatever way you might see fit. She’s just gonna increase in value.”, Ten months before, Schagrin had had what he calls a “really weird experience.… I mean, I had never had somebody die in my arms before—right after I made one of the most important sales of my life!” On January 21, 1999, he had an 11 a.m. appointment with Susan Strasberg, Lee’s daughter, who long ago had become the youngest star on Broadway when, at 17, she electrified audiences with her luminous performance as Anne Frank. I asked Anna to share her favorite stories about Marilyn that Lee had mentioned. So Susan paid for a portion of the rent on the Central Park West apartment and for the books Lee kept buying for his theater library. Anna had made it known that she would like to be artistic director of the Actors Studio. When Susan signed to star in Jean Anouilh’s Time Remembered on Broadway with Helen Hayes and Richard Burton, Paula was thrilled. The pallbearers were among Susan’s nearest and dearest—the hairdresser John Patrick; the producer Barry Parnell; Ralph Roberts, Marilyn Monroe’s masseur, who once helped Susan to escape from her husband when he went at her with a gun; and Marty Fried, the handsome ex-boxer turned actor-director, who was practically a member of the Strasberg family. Today she owns the tapes, which are kept in a storeroom at the Strasberg Institute. You have entered an incorrect email address! She ran around the sloping grounds, heart pounding. Lee’s husband, Joey, snapped a picture. One day, we were both getting unhappy over our love affairs and we decided that why shouldn’t we be like men…just go over and sleep with who you think is attractive. The moths had chewed it to bits. © 2020 Biography and the Biography logo are registered trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC. That galled him.”, Johnny went on to say that his father, a poor immigrant from Poland who was raised in a Lower East Side tenement, had been an idealist when he was part of the Group Theater with Harold Clurman and Elia Kazan during the 1930s. Once, when Marilyn interrupted and said to Jane Fonda, “Aw, you play Cordelia, O.K. One character, Maggie, had the same background, mannerisms and self-destructive tendencies of Monroe.
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