Some Like It Hot

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Not me, though. We’re in the middle of a heat wave and I’m miserable without golf and tennis. I’ll take a polar vortex any day. OK I can’t play golf or tennis then either, but at least I don’t sweat just sitting at my desk.

Playwright Arthur Miller liked ’em hot — women, that is. In 1956 he married sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, who would go on to make the movie “Some Like It Hot” in 1959.

Like many left-wing intellectuals (at least that’s what Walter Winchell called him), Miller dressed conventionally. Nothing makes a gentleman look distinguished quite like good clothes, glasses, a pipe, and a hot blonde wife.

When they married, Variety’s headline was “Egghead weds hourglass.” — CC

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Subject: Actress marulyn Monroe riding in car with husband and playwright Arthur Miller. 1956 New York Photographer- Paul Schutzer Time Life Contributer (Not Owned) Merlin-1140408

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40 Comments on "Some Like It Hot"

  1. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 2:53 pm |

    Smart liberals marry good looking women. JFK and Jackie, Bill and Hillary, even Jimmy Carter’s wife, Rosalynn, was good looking. Conservatives seem to have difficulties in this department: Barbara Bush is no Marilyn, nor is Laura. Thelma Catherine wasn’t up to Jackie’s standards and Mamie E., well, she was Mamie. As in everything they do, conservatives play it all-too-safe, even in marriage.

  2. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm |

    Oh, I did miss a couple. Michelle is hot and very, very smart. It’s not surprising she’d be married to Obama. Melania is hot, too. Perhaps a bit of an anomaly. But is she married to a real conservative?

  3. Whatever her other merits, Hillary was never good looking!

    All partisanship aside, I seem to recall that the recent Republican convention for some reason put a considerable number of very attractive women front and center, while the Democrat convention couldn’t even muster a reasonable farm team with their screech owls. I suppose they are courting different voters.

    Er… was that not appropriate?

  4. Trigger Warning: male gaze

  5. Chewco L.P. (Offshore) | August 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm |

    Betty Ford isn’t bad looking at all. Pat Nixon ain’t to bad either. As a matter of fact, the more right you lean, and I am talking about FAR right, the better looking (Asma al-Assad, anyone? Eva Peron?).

    But Moderates, on the other hand, are all ugly.

  6. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm |

    Well, let’s face it. You can go far right, very far right, way right, even so far-way right you fall over an break all your right-sided bones and no one will be as hot as either Jackie or Michelle. ‘Nuf said.

  7. Vern Trotter | August 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm |

    On any college campus, any year, any decade, the pretty girls are almost always Republicans.

  8. What of Eleanor Roosevelt? A horse is a horse of course of course.

    Sorry,

    Will

  9. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 4:29 pm |

    Oh, Mr. Trotter,

    I will wait with baited breath for the data on that assertion!

    We always saw those conservative co-eds as rather puritanical, priggish, prim and most definitely prudish. I dated several in my college days and let’s just say they were very far from the category of this post, Marilyn, ha ha. There was one who was so … well, probably best to leave that sleeping dog lie. I’m sure they were great for certain kinds of guys. But, remember, “nothing makes a gentleman look distinguished quite like good clothes, glasses, a pipe, and a hot blonde wife.” The pretty girls always Republicans? No way.

  10. Bags' Groove | August 15, 2016 at 4:32 pm |

    You went too far, A Bridge Too Far, but I roundly suspect you’re just an old kidder.
    Come on, baby, tell us what you really think. You cannot kid a kidder.

  11. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 4:32 pm |

    @Sacksuit —

    Mary Lincoln. I rest my case.

  12. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm |

    @Bags’

    Ha ha, you got me. Of course, we could always rank England’s queens!

  13. Milo’s the cutest.

  14. @Bridge

    You failed to list any conservatives except for – ironically JFK. Neither the Bushes nor Nixon should be considered conservative. Republican does not equal conservative. As I recall Reagan’s wife was a bit of a looker.

    Regarding Marilyn- God she was pretty!

    Having been involved with many girls over the last forty years, I started when I was nine, I have found that looks are fleeting but ugly goes right down to the bone. Hot looking liberals, no thank you.

    Will

  15. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 4:56 pm |

    @Sacksuit

    Conservative, Republican — there’s not a smidge of difference. You may try to parse them, but they all come down to the same common denominator: Men with totally un-hot women. Give me Liberals or give me death!

  16. Bags' Groove | August 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm |

    Nice try ABTF, but I can spot a double bluff. Or was I bluffing?

  17. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm |

    Dear Sweet Bags’

    Now why would you possibly think I was bluffing bluffing you you??

  18. whiskeydent | August 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm |

    Neither party has the market cornered on shallow hotties drawn to power. However, I think one is more likely to meet attractive women who are also blessed with depth, purpose and strength around Democrats. I am friends with some Republican women who share these qualities, but there are just not as many of them.

  19. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm |

    Jerry says,

    “..T.he recent Republican convention for some reason put a considerable number of very attractive women front and center, while the Democrat convention couldn’t even muster a reasonable farm team with their screech owls.” Oh really?

    These women performed or spoke at the DNC. You think they are a farm team?

    Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga, Star Jones, Debra Messing, Erika Alexander, Elizabeth Banks, Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep, America Ferrera, Chloë Grace Moretz, Eva Longoria, Katie Perry, and Stephen Colbert.

    Okay, Steven Colbert doesn’t count but at least he was funny. Aside from Ivanka, the Repubs didn’t come close. The Dems clearly ‘Like it Hot;’ the Repubs, hmmm, not so much.

  20. There’s an interesting song that asks “What if Marilyn Monroe had married Henry Miller?” First heard it on a west coast trip, years ago, and a singer who was at the Henry Miller Library and Museum in Big Sur sang it. Does anyone know the title?

  21. I love that photo by the way. She just looks SO HAPPY! And her fur! Just fabulous. So soft, warm and luxurious. And he looks fantastic. The tweed overcoat, the tweed sport coat, the shetland sweater and the button down shirt. Just fantastic. Why don’t people dress like this any longer? They look fantastic. I love her fur. Sorry PETA. Bring back fur.

    Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible and married Marilyn Monroe. Some guys are just good at life. Yes, I know, it was not all wine and roses. But, geez, he wrote The Crucible and married Marilyn Monroe. Pretty good gig for a time.

  22. Death before Dunham.

  23. Lena Dunham wrote extensively about sexually abusing her little sister in her memoir. Although, she is a woman and it would be sexist to lock her up!

    Death before Dunham.

  24. @A Bridge Too Far I think that Barbara Bush is, as they say, a “handsome” woman. A real elegant WASP.

  25. And Death before Dunham indeed.

  26. Bags' Groove | August 16, 2016 at 2:38 am |

    I don’t know ABTF. I never even attempt to fathom the rationale of the fervently partisan.

  27. @ NCJack – Are you thinking of ‘Marilyn’ by Dan Bern? “Marilyn Monroe didn’t marry Henry Miller….”

    @ sacksuit – “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.”

  28. A Bridge Too Far | August 16, 2016 at 7:01 am |

    Barbara Bush reminds me of Sgt Shultz.

  29. Mitchell S. | August 16, 2016 at 9:34 am |

    Some guys have all the luck.

  30. @Chewco L.P. (Offshore)
    While Asma al-Assad and Eva Peron are both beautiful women they are not right or far right. Both the Baathist party and Peronist are socialist parties.

    @A Bridge Too Far
    If Conservative gals didn’t come across, maybe it’s not the, it’s you. FYI, Michelle looks like a wookie.

    Arthur Miller’s marriage to Monroe lasted five years, according to his diaries she was an embarrassment to him, she wasn’t skanky enough him. He never loved women, not even his mother, he used them for financial support and sex.

  31. Which party has the best looking women?
    Google “women of the Republican Party” and “women of the Democrat party” compare and contrast, the results will speak for themselves.

  32. Charlottesville | August 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm |

    Christian’s pick for cutest English Queen made me laugh out loud. Excellent! I’d also like to put in a word for Laura and W’s daughters as GOP entries in the attractive political women sweepstakes. And, if I can gently lead the conversation back to clothes, another well-dressed intellectual, honorary Virginian William Faulkner, is the subject of a slide show up on my local website that shows some great trad looks, including 3/2 lapels, sack coats and cuff-no-break khakis that Billax would approve of.

    https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-spearheads-effort-digitally-map-faulkners-literary-world?utm_source=VirginiaHome&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=news

    There’s even a link to him demonstrating the pronunciation of Yoknapatawpha.

  33. Wonder if Faulkner shopped at Landry’s,in Oxford, providing Southern gentlemen with traditional apparel since 1891.

  34. A Bridge Too Far | August 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm |

    Googling who has the best looking women was a great idea and very instructive. The research didn’t find any Wookies, but does show that Dem women–from Marilyn right down to the present day, are without doubt, the winners in this vitally important internet debate. Here is a representative sample of what came up on google. It clearly proves the point.

    Oh, and there is one Repub woman in this mix. Don’t miss her, she’s at the end:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEsM4i0XBDg

  35. Charlottesville | August 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm |

    Good question, Mac, and one for which I have no answer. Local Charlottesville favorite Eljo’s had been open for 8 years when Mr. Faulkner arrived at UVA as Writer in Residence. But most photos I have seen show him in the same few tweeds over and over, and they generally look well worn indicating that the bulk of his wardrobe probably came here with him. Landry’s was already established when Faulkner’s family moved to Oxford, and so it would be likely that he shopped there over the years. I have never been to Landry’s, but understand that it still carries classic Southern traditional clothes, as does Eljo’s.

  36. Barbara reminds me of my own grandmother, and Michelle does look like a wookie. Spot on comparison, @Mac McConnell.

  37. Nice photos. Arthur Miller was not an admirable man in many respects, from cheating on his wives to institutionalizing his Down Syndrome son a week after the child was born, and then not seeing him for 40 years. But he self-indulged in good clothes and beautiful women, and wrote a play deliberately, but cleverly, understating the threat Soviet Communism posed to America. I guess we’ll remember the ‘good’ parts. And they are really nice photos.

  38. Please stop insulting our first African American first lady. Jeez…

  39. Christian
    Bill Clinton was reportedly the first black president, has someone insulted Hillary?

  40. Are we being our best here? Or even trying slightly?

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