Arthur Miller, Master Playwright, Dies at 89
Born in Harlem in 1915, Miller is also well-known for his tempestuous personal life, which included a brief marriage to screen siren Marilyn Monroe and his refusal to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. Miller's first play to reach Broadway was The Man Who Had All the Luck, in 1944. It ran only four performances, but his next endeavor -- All My Sons, in 1947 -- ran 328 performances. His third Broadway outing, Death of a Salesman in 1949, ran 742 performances, received the Tony Award for Best Play, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and has become an acknowledged classic of American drama.
His other Broadway plays include 1953's The Crucible (Tony Award), A View From the Bridge, and A Memory of Two Mondays (originally presented as an evening of one acts in 1955); After the Fall and Incident at Vichy (1964); The Price (1968); The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972); The American Clock (1980); Broken Glass (1994); and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (2000). All of Miller's major works have been revived on Broadway at least once, including After the Fall earlier this season. His most recent play, Finishing the Picture, premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2004.