The American playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner William Motter Inge, wrote Bus Stop. His works are known for solitary protagonists and strained sexual relationships, which is no surprise as he was mentored by Tennessee Williams.
Bus Stop was Marilyn’s first starring role in a dramatic film and her first movie made after studying at the Actor’s Studio in New York with Lee Strasberg. Her role in the movie transported her from bombshell to serious actress.
Her performance got the best reviews of her career and brought her an Oscar nomination for best actress.
While filming Bus Stop Marilyn stayed at the San Carlos Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.
– a hotel which attracted such stars as Clark Gable, Mae West, Carole Lombard, Ingrid Bergman, Spencer Tracey, Humphrey Bogart and Jean Harlow.
Marilyn insisted on staying in the suite on the third floor next to the pool so that she could tan while not working.
I recently stayed at this hotel and visited her suite.
As I did so, I imagined her sitting here writing some of her poetry.
Help this weary being
To forget what is sad to remember
Loose my loneliness,
Ease my mind,
While you eat my flesh.
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