Oct 6, - The National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read, anyone? . by Dylan Thomas (Marilyn met Thomas in Shelley Winters' apartment circa ). Marilyn and Olivier expertly fielded questions until, right on cue, one of the was in awe of him, even ter— rified, and thought that he did not respect her as an artist. Olivier had briefly met Marilyn in Los Angeles in August , when he was At the time Olivier thought Marilyn was a “cute little girl” (Winters , ).