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June 9, 2008

Arthur Miller's Sister Talks About the End of His Life, His Son and Marilyn Monroe

Arthur Miller's sister, actress Joan Copeland keeps nothing back in her interview published in the new issue of The Arthur Miller Journal (Vol. 3, no 1). Copeland, speaking to Journal Editor Stephen Marino, covers a wide range of subjects including growing up in Brooklyn with her family during the Great Depression, her long career, acting in her brother's plays and the influence of Paula and Lee Strasberg on Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Misfits.

"After Marilyn shot a scene, Paula would just give a tiny, tiny nod indicating that that's good. Or she would just move her head half an inch from left to right and then Marilyn would say, "I would like to do that over again."... by that time all of us saw she has a very strong influence in Marilyn's creative life."

Copeland also reflects on Arthur staying with her at the end of his life, her experience working in the Actors Studio and responds to the controversy over the Vanity Fair article about Arthur Miller's son, Daniel. "How dare anyone criticize what a parent of a child should do, must do, must not do, has to do," she tells Marino.

The issue also includes book and performance reviews, critical essays, the keynote address given by the acclaimed scholar, Enoch Bater, at the opening of the Arthur Miller Theatre at the University of Michigan as well as a look at the sexuality of the lead character in Miller's A View From The Bridge.

Subscriptions, including the current issue, to the Arthur Miller Journal can now be purchased online ($20 individual /$30 institution, overseas).

Complete text of the Copeland interview is available to media upon request.

Also Coming Up: The first ever American Drama Conference (November 7 - 9), a three day event at St. Francis College featuring scholarly works on the social, political, historical and aesthetic aspects of the American Stage.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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