Milton H. Greene

Milton. H Greene was born Milton H. Greengold in New York City on March 14, 1922. He became interested in photography as a teenager and began taking photos at the age of 14. He apprenticed with a photojournalist and later worked as an assistant to Louise Dahl- Wolfe. Greene eventually began his own career and, at the age of twenty-three, became known as the “Colour Photography’s Wonder Boy”.
 
Greene initially established himself in high fashion photography in the 1940s and 1950s. His fashion shots appeared in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Greene then turned to portraits of celebrities. He has photographed many high-profile Hollywood icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Judy Garland.
 
Greene’s work with Marilyn Monroe changed the course of his career. The two struck up a friendship and, when Monroe lived in New York City, she stayed with Greene and his family in Connecticut. The pair went on to form Marilyn Monroe Productions, a production company set up to gain control of her career (from Hollywood powerhouses). Greene would go on to produce Bus Stop (1956) and The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). The two also collaborated on some 53 photo sessions, some of which became well known. Greene’s photograph that featured Monroe in a ballet tutu featured in Time Life as one of the three most popular images of the 20th century. Monroe and Greene’s friendship ended after the production of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957, and Monroe fired Greene.
 
Greene’s work in the fifties and sixties appeared in Life, Look, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and Vogue. He died 8th August, 1985 after enjoying an incredibly celebrated carer.

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