Top Broadway stage director, best known for his productions of South Pacific and Mister Roberts, Logan had recently directed Susan Strasberg in the film version of Picnic (1956) when he was approached by Marilyn’s agent Lee Wasserman to direct Marilyn in Bus Stop (1956), her first movie after walking out on Twentieth Century-Fox. Logan initially protested that she had no acting talent. His friend Lee Strasberg reassured him: “I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of actors and actresses, both in class and in the Studio, and there are only two that stand out way above the rest. Number one is Marlon Brando, and the second is Marilyn Monroe.”
Logan, who had a reputation as a talented director of “sensitive” actors - and something of a personal history of depression - certainly did his homework on Marilyn. For a start, he was well-versed in Stanislavsky and The Method, so from a theoretical point of view, he and his star were on the same wavelength. And knowing about her famed lateness he had a second morning schedule set up for practically every day of shooting, ready for the inevitable occasions when Marilyn turned up too late. Only once, when Logan wanted a particular type of light, did he lose patience and personally go and haul Marilyn out of her hotel, where she had been sitting for makeup for hours.
This uncommonly strife-free relationship between director and actress continued throughout filing. Then, the day that Marilyn saw the final cut of the movie, she few into a rage because, she felt, Logan had cut the best parts of her performance, including much of her monologue in the presence of actress Hope Lange. She later confided that she blamed this for compromising her otherwise good chances of an Oscar nomination.
More than any other director, Logan sang Marilyn’s praises to the world. She was “one of the most unappreciated people in the world” and “one of the great talents of all time, and the most talented motion picture actress of her day - warm, witty, extremely bright and totally involved in her work. I’d say she was the greatest artist I ever worked with in my entire career.”
When Laurence Olivier was weighing Marilyn’s offer to direct The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), he asked Logan what it was like to direct her. His reply: “She’s worth all the trouble.”
Darren Criss attends the Todd Snyder Spring 2016 show as part of New York Fashion Week: Mens, New York City, July 14, 2015
Wearing a t-shirt front row at fashion week is not something that should be attempted by an amateur; it takes a spot on sense of style, perfect tailoring, and an innate ability to wear clothes well. Darren and his stylist Ashley Weston are once again proving themselves to be a dream team with this elevated casual look.