(March 14, 1922-August 8, 1985)
Born in New York City, New York
Milton Hawthorne Greengold (Greenholtz)
Famed for his work with Marilyn Monroe
Work was featured in 'Harper's Bazaar,' 'Vogue,' and 'Look'
Collaborated on 'My Story: The Autobiography of Marilyn Monroe,' 'Life in Camelot: Th Kennedy Years,' 'Of Women and the Elegance,' and 'But That's Another Story: A Photographic Retrospective of His Life's Work'
Portrayed by Dominic Cooper in 'My Week with Marilyn' (2011)
Also photographed Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, and Marlene Dietrich,
Co-produced the films 'Bus Stop' and 'The Prince and the Showgirl,' as vice-president of Marilyn Monroe Productions
Why he might be annoying
He was won a scholarship to the Pratt Institute, but dropped out to pursue photography instead.
When he first met Marilyn for her Look Magazine shoot, she reportedly said 'But you're just a boy!' He calmly retorted, 'And you are just a girl.'
His professional relationship with Marilyn spilled over into the personal (his wife claimed to have never been jealous of Marilyn, but their marriage was later annulled regardless).
He irritated publicists and studio execs as he gradually evolved into her de-facto manager, leading one reporter to complain: 'no one gets to Marilyn without first clearing through him.'
His working relationship soundly died off after Marilyn married Arthur Miller, who also resented their closeness.
Like many of Marilyn's former colleagues, he capitalized on her posthumous fame by centering many of his later projects around his association with her (whatever sells...)
Why he might not be annoying
By 23, he was widely known as Color Photography’s 'Wonder Boy.'
When Marilyn moved to New York to study acting with Lee Strasberg, she stayed with him and his family during the first few months.
In fact, her famed Person to Person interview with Ed Murrow was broadcast from his living room, with him and Amy sitting alongside her.
He and Marilyn collaborated on some 53 photo sessions, many of them her most recognized photos.
His 1954 'Black Sitting' photo, depicting Marilyn stting in a white ballet tutu gazing innocently into the camera, was chosen by Time Life as one of the three most popular images of the 20th century.
He received the Art Director's Club of New York Award for his work in Harper's Bazaar.
He was one in a series of individuals in Monroe's life whom she developed a co-dependence on, only to drop them later out of her own insecurity.
It was his wife - of all people - who convinced him to call on Marilyn four years after she let him go,after she claimed to have had a dream about the two of them (they spoke only two more times; the second within a week of her 'killing herself').
His extensive archives of Marilyn photos is arguably the largest and most valuable artifacts related to the actress' career - selling between $750,000 and $2 Million at auctions.
His son, Joshua, started the Milton H. Greene Archives, in 1994, digitally remastering close to 300 of his original photographs, most of them of Marilyn, and marketing them in a semi-autobiographical book his father had written years earlier.
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