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Milton's Marilyn: The Photographs of Milton H. Greene

Kotsilibas-Davis, James;Kotsilbas-Davis, James

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ISBN 10: 096468733X / ISBN 13: 9780964687332
Published by Thunder's Mouth Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Milton's Marilyn: The Photographs of Milton ...

Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Top fashion photographer Milton Greene first met Marilyn in 1953. Throughout the next five years, the two became close friends and collaborated in many photo shoots. This loving, lavishly illustrated book contains over 125 never-before-published photos that bring out an extraordinary depth and vulnerability in Monroe.


Richard Avedon called Milton Greene "the greatest photographer of women," and this touching, insightful book proves Marilyn Monroe was his greatest creation. Milton's Marilyn appears as enchanting gypsy, saloon girl, barely clad ballerina, innocent high school yearbook heartthrob, and screen siren in incendiary scarlet dress. He also captures privileged glimpses of her private life: clowning with her boyfriend Brando, backstage on various films, frolicsome in a swimming pool. In some shots, she wears no makeup--and looks startlingly different. In others, she's apparently tipsy; she used to travel with Greene under the fake name Zelda Zonk, and her charm on camera is often a zonked one.

Greene was also Monroe's business partner and mentor until he outlived his usefulness, and this book adds interesting news to Barbara Leaming's intelligent bio Marilyn Monroe. Monroe was savvy but uneducated (she urged a costar to "ab lib"). Joe DiMaggio was her greatest sex partner ever, but--according to one source here--she was bruised after her Some Like It Hot panty-flashing photo shoot enraged him. Rock Hudson spurned the costar role in Bus Stop because producer Greene once rebuffed Rock's sexual proposition. Monroe's intimates cast interesting new lights on her, proving she wasn't the dim, helpless waif she played, nor simply victimized by fame. Being besieged on the street pleased her, says one pal: "She liked to have the power to part the Red Sea." --Tim Appelo

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