August 20, 2007

Miller's Missing Act

It's not often (ever?) I'm linking to Vanity Fair in this space, but I thought this investigative piece by Suzanna Andrews on the son of Arthur Miller was great reading.

Arthur Miller's Missing Act

For all the public drama of Arthur Miller's career—his celebrated plays (including Death of a Salesman and The Crucible), his marriage to Marilyn Monroe, his social activism—one character was absent: the Down-syndrome child he deleted from his life.

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No photograph of him has ever been published, but those who know Daniel Miller say that he resembles his father. Some say it's the nose, others the mischievous glimmer in the eyes when he smiles, but the most telling feature, the one that clearly identifies him as Arthur Miller's son, is his high forehead and identically receding hairline. He is almost 41 now, but it's impossible to say whether his father's friends would notice the resemblance, because the few who have ever seen Daniel have not laid eyes on him since he was a week old.

(via Ross Douthat)

Posted by dan at August 20, 2007 11:26 PM