Le matin du vendredi 29 juin 1956, Arthur Miller et Marilyn Monroe se rendent à South Salem (un hameau à Lewisboro, dans le comté de Westchester, Etat de New York) pour régler les documents administratifs de la licence de mariage.
A leur retour à Roxbury, ils découvrent à l'angle des rues Old Tophet et Gold Mine, un nombre considérable de voitures, devant la maison de Miller, qui bloquent les rues. Les reporters ont anticipé l'annonce faite par Miller la veille, de tenir une conférence de presse avec Marilyn. Le cousin de Miller, Morty, et sa femme Florence, invitent Arthur, Marilyn et leurs parents (Augusta et Isadore Miller) à prendre le déjeuner chez eux. Pendant leur absence, d'autres journalistes arrivent chez Miller: jusqu'à 400 journalistes se réunissent devant la maison de Miller, piétinant l'herbe et grimpant aux arbres dans l'espoir d'apercevoir le couple. Mais comme ni Marilyn, ni Arthur, ne se trouvent sur les lieux, certains journalistes mènent l'enquête pour savoir où le couple se trouve. Parmi eux, la journaliste Mara Sherbatoff, chef du bureau new-yorkais du magazine français Paris Match, accompagnée du photographe Paul Slade, et du frère de celui-ci Ira Slade, 18 ans, qui leur sert de chauffeur. Mara et Ira partent chez Morty Miller, qui habite à environ 2 km de chez Arthur alors que Paul Slade reste devant la maison d'Arthur et finit de préparer son matériel photographique. Il fait très chaud, le soleil tape beaucoup. Mara et Ira se garent devant la maison de Morty et attendent.
On the morning of Friday, June 29, 1956, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe go to South Salem (in Lewisboro, a hamlet in Westchester County, New York) to set the administrative documents of the marriage license.
On their return to Roxbury, they discover at the corner of Old Tophet and Gold Mine, a large number of cars in front of the Miller House, which block the streets. Reporters anticipated the announcement made by Miller the day before, to hold a press conference with Marilyn. Miller's cousin, Morty and his wife Florence, invite Arthur, Marilyn and their parents (Isadore and Augusta Miller) to have lunch at home. During their absence, other journalists arrive at Miller's home: 400 journalists gather at the home of Miller, trampling the grass and climbing trees in the hope of seeing the couple. But as neither Marilyn nor Arthur, are not here, some journalists investigate to find where the couple is. Among them, the journalist Mara Sherbatoff, head of the New York office of the French magazine 'Paris Match', accompanied by the photographer Paul Slade, and his brother Ira​, 18 years old, who serves as their driver. Mara and Ira go to Morty Miller's house, who lives about one mile and a half from Arthur's home, while Paul Slade remains outside the home of Arthur and finish to prepare his photographic equipment. It is a very hot day, the sun is a lot. Mara and Ira are parked outside the home of Morty and wait.
 

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Peu avant 13 heures, Marilyn, Arthur et Morty Miller partent dans un break. Morty conduit très vite car il connait parfaitement la petite route de campagne sinueuse et cahoteuse. Ira Slade et Mara Sherbatoff suivent le break. Peu avant l'arrivée, Ira rate un virage et s'encastre dans un chêne. Le choc est si violent que même les reporters qui attendent dans l'herbe devant la maison de Arthur, entendent le bruit. Morty arrête à son tour sa voiture et avec Arthur et Marilyn, ils courent en direction de la voiture accidentée: Ira, le conducteur, est effondré derrière le volant et Mara, assise du côté passager, a été projetée contre le pare-brise, son visage, couvert de sang, est ouvert des lèvres au front, des dents sont tombées, sa poitrine est écrasée, ses jambes sont cassées et du sang coule dans sa gorge. Elle gémit doucement. Marilyn va aider à déloger Mara et va la poser au sol, à côté de la voiture. Arthur extrait le jeune homme dont les blessures sont beaucoup moins importantes. Paul Slade se précipite sur les lieux en courant, et fait pression sur l'artère de Mara afin de stopper les écoulements de sang.
Shortly before 1 p.m, Marilyn, Arthur and Morty go in a station wagon. Morty drives very quickly because he knows perfectly the small winding and bumpy road. Ira and Mara take off after them. Shortly before the arrival, Ira misses a turn and fits into an oak. The shock was so violent that even the reporters waiting in the grass in front of the house of Arthur, hear the noise. Morty stops his car and with Arthur and Marilyn, they run towards the crashed car: Ira, the driver, is crumpled behind the steering wheel and Mara, sat on the passenger side, has been hurled partway through the windshield, her face is covered by blood, cut from the lips to the forehead, teeth are felt, his chest is crushed, her legs are broken and blood flows in her throat. She moaned softly. Marilyn help to dislodge Mara and lies down her on the ground beside the car. Arthur extract the young man whose injuries are much less important. Paul Slade rushed to the scene, and puts pressure on the artery of Mara to stop the flow of blood.

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Marilyn, Arthur et Morty reprennent leur break et accélèrent chez Arthur. Arthur est le premier sorti de la voiture, en se précipitant dans sa maison pour prévenir les secours. Puis, Marilyn et Morty suivent; avec ses lunettes de soleil et son chemisier blanc taché de sang, Marilyn est traumatisée: "Il vient d'y avoir un méchant accident un peu plus haut. Une fille a été terriblement blessée. C'est terrible".
L'hôpital le plus proche est à New Milford. Miller apprend que l'ambulance ne sera pas là avant deux bonnes heures; c'est alors qu'il précise à l'opérateur que la fille sur la route est Marilyn Monroe et que l'histoire fera les gros titres dans la presse le lendemain, ce qui va permettre d'accélérer les choses.
Marilyn, Arthur and Morty go back in their station wagon and accelerate at Arthur's home. Arthur is the first out of the car, rushing into his house to phone at the hospital. Then, Marilyn and Morty follow; with her sunglasses and white shirt stained with blood, Marilyn is traumatized: "There's been a very bad accident up there. A girl has-been terribly hurt. It's awful."
The nearest hospital is at New Milford. Miller learns that the ambulance will not be there before two hours, then he says to the operator that the girl on the road is Marilyn Monroe and the story will make headlines in the press the next day; this will speed things up.
 

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Marilyn monte à l'étage pour se changer et se préparer à la conférence de presse; elle met une chemise de couleur vert moutarde et une jupe noire en lin et malgré la chaleur, Arthur enfile un pull noir en col V par-dessus sa chemise blanche. Personne ne semble vouloir annuler. L'humeur de Marilyn varie entre le bouleversement provoqué par l'accident, et la colère contre son attaché de presse qui a laissé venir la télévision, un média qu'elle déteste. Une trentaine de minutes plus tard, Marilyn est prête et sourit aux journalistes. Mais l'atmosphère qui règne est étrange et dérangeante: pendant que Marilyn, Arthur et ses parents -Isadore et Augusta Miller- posent pour les photographes, l'ambulance arrive.
Marilyn goes upstairs to change clothes and prepare for the press conference, she puts a mustard green shirt and a black linen skirt and despite the heat, Arthur puts a black V-neck sweater over his white shirt. Nobody seems to want to cancel. The Marilyn's mood varies from the trouble caused by the accident, and the anger against his press secretary who left coming television, a media she hates. Thirty minutes later, Marilyn is ready and smiles at reporters. But the atmosphere is strange and disturbing: while Marilyn, Arthur and his parents -Isadore and Augusta Miller- pose for photographers, the ambulance arrives. 

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Puis, Milton Greene, venu de Weston, gère les dernières dispositions techniques, donne des instructions aux journalistes et présente le couple aux médias, en leur précisant qu'ils n'auront que 20 minutes pour obtenir ce qu'ils veulent.
Then, Milton Greene, came from Weston, manages the latest technical provisions, gives instructions to journalists and introduce the couple to the media, stating that they will only have 20 minutes to get what they want.

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Arthur Miller et Marilyn Monroe prennent place sous un grand érable. Marilyn va se montrer plutôt anxieuse, reportant son angoisse par des marques d'affection envers Arthur: elle caresse son épaule, l'étreint en le serrant par la taille, et elle se montre peu locace, laissant les déclarations à Miller qui lui, semble préoccupé, en embrassant le front de Marilyn, faisant de nombreux petits gestes de nervosité et fumant beaucoup. C'est la première fois, depuis sa comparution devant la commission, que les reporters l'interviewent. Le couple ne donne aucun détail sur leur mariage à la presse.
Arthur and Marilyn take place under a large maple tree. Marilyn will be rather anxious, transposing her anguish by some affection to Arthur: she caresses his shoulder, hugs him, hugging by his waist, and she shows little talkative, leaving statements to Miller who seems worried, kissing the forehead of Marilyn, making many small gestures of nervousness and smoking a lot. This is the first time since his appearance before the Committee, that the reporters interview him. The couple doesn't give any details about their marriage to the press. 

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Quelques déclarations:
> Arthur Miller, déclare, suite à l'accident: "
Je savais que ça arriverait. Cette chose terrible explique pourquoi je ne vais pas dire où ni quand nous nous marierons. Je pense qu'il y a assez de temps pour tout le monde de savoir quand cela arrive. Si la presse ne me laisse pas seul, nous partirons d'ici pour une destination inconnue.
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Journaliste: - Mademoiselle Monroe, quel genre de mariage allez-vous avoir ?
   Marilyn: - Très tranquille, j'éspère.
> Journaliste: -Un petit garçon a trois voeux: faire de l'argent en premier, devenir un ingénieur en deuxième, et en troisième, il dit "quand je serai grand, j'aimerai avoir une blonde, avec des yeux bleus, elle sera comme Marilyn Monroe".
  Marilyn: -Je suis flattée !

Few Statements:
> Arthur Miller, said, refering to the accident: "I knew this would happen. This terrible thing explains why I'm not going to say when and where we'll be married. I think it's time enough for everybody to know when it happens. If the press do not leave me alone, we will leave here for parts unknown."
> Journalist:
- Miss Monroe, what kind of wedding will you have ?
   Marilyn: -
Very Quiet, I Hope.

> Journalist: -A little boy has three wishes: make money in first, to be an engineer in second, and third, he said "when i grow up, i'd like to have a blond, she had to have blue eyes, she has to be like Marilyn Monroe".
  -Marilyn: -I'm flattered !

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Après le départ des reporters, on apprend le décès de Mara Sherbatoff sur la table d'opération de l'hôpital de New Milford. Marilyn est affolée. Paula Strasberg, qui se trouve à New York, va déclarer que l'accident est un mauvais présage, ce que va soutenir aussi Marilyn. Arthur Miller, furieux de tout ce tapage, décide alors de se marier immédiatement, s'arrangeant pour que la cérémonie se tienne au Westchester County House de White Plains.
After the reporters leave, the death of Mara Sherbatoff on the operation table at the hospital in New Milford is learned. Marilyn is distraught. Paula Strasberg, who is in New York, will report that the accident is a bad omen, wich will also the idea of Marilyn. Arthur Miller, furious of all these disturbances, then decides to marry immediately, arranging that the ceremony held at the Westchester House in White Plains.
> sur le blog: article Le Mariage Civil d'Arthur et Marilyn 


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- attente des reporters et l'accident

 

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> News TV:
USA: Arthur and Marilyn to marry
Angleterre:
British Pathe People In the News


> dans la presse
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.sources: 
Marilyn Monroe, biographie de Barbara Leaming
Les vies secrètes de Marilyn Monroe
, d'Anthony Summers
Marilyn Monroe, encyclopédie d'Adam Victor


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