MILTON H. GREENE
Place of Meeting: Party
Year Relationship began: 1955
Type of Relationship: Rumour
Milton H. Greene met Marilyn when he was shooting a cover story about her for Look magazine. They met at a party given by Gene Kelly and became instant friends.
During the next year Marilyn married and divorced Joe DiMaggio, and Greene took it upon himself to 'rescue' her from Hollywood. By the end of 1954, Marilyn and Greene had formed Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. with Greene resigning from his $50,000-a-year job at Look magazine to guide Marilyn's career.
Marilyn moved into his Connecticut home which he shared with his wife Amy. While Greene was labelled Marilyn's 'Svengali,' some felt that he and Marilyn were having an affair. Whether they were lovers or not, he was mainly responsible for the success of Bus Stop in 1956 as well as obtaining her role in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).
It was too good to last. While shooting the movie Prince, Marilyn's relationship with Greene fell apart, with some blaming Arthur Miller for the rift. In the spring of 1957, Greene sold his stock for just $85,000 with Marilyn commenting: “My company was not set up merely to parcel out 49.6% of all my earnings to Mr Greene for seven years.”
Their business partnership and their friendship was over. Whatever Greene's ultimate designs on Marilyn were, there was no denying he was an outstanding photographer. His camera captured some of the most striking and interesting photographs of Marilyn which showed a glimpse of the real woman behind the public image of an icon of the silver screen.