The Archives’ Blog



Congratulations to Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne!
February 24th, 2015 11:44 am
We at The Archives would like to extend our congratulations to 2015 Academy Award winner for Best Actor Eddie Redmayne for his powerful performance of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."

The movie actually has a Milton H. Greene connection. Upon hearing that world famous physicist Stephen Hawking was a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe, Milton's son Joshua Greene, digitally added Hawking to an image his father took of Marilyn standing in front of a Cadillac and gave it him as a gift. The photo is a favorite of Stephen's and remains on his desk to this day. The image was recreated for the “The Theory of Everything" and features friend of The Archives, Suzie Kennedy as Marilyn. 

Congratulations again Eddie!

    Marilyn Monroe with Stephen Hawking


Above: The original photograph of Marilyn Monroe by Milton H. Greene that Joshua Greene digitally added Stephen Hawking to and gave to him as a gift. 

                        Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking with Suzie Kennedy as Marilyn Monroe
Above: The image recreated for the "The Theory of Everything" starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking. World-famous Marilyn Monroe impersonator Suzie Kennedy poses as Monroe.
3x14 Contest - Time To Show Off Your Work!
February 16th, 2015 4:14 pm
Click Here to view the submissions to our 3x14 Milton H. Greene video contest!

Contestants - Now its time to promote your video! Here is the way to do it:

Post a link to your video in Facebook and/or Twitter. Make sure to add the hashtags #miltonhgreene and #archiveimages to your post.
Then, encourage your friends, family, and fans to Like and Share (on Facebook) and Retweet (on Twitter) your post.
DO NOT continue to create new posts with links to your video. We suggest that you SHARE/RETWEET your original post as frequently as you wish. This will allow us to effectively monitor all stats regarding your video. We cannot use YouTube likes to evaluate the success of your entry, as YouTube forbids contests to take views into account. The person with the most likes/retweets gets 40 points (out of a possible 100) towards the GRAND PRIZE

On March 1st, we will post a Fan Vote Poll here on our blog. You will then be able to send folks here to cast their vote. The winner, by fan vote, receives 25 points towards the GRAND PRIZE.

Between now and March 14th, our panel of judges will evaluate your videos, grading by the following criteria:
Production Value
Historical Significance
Staying True to the Syle and Essence of Milton H. Greene.
The judges Overall Winner will receive 35 points towards the GRAND PRIZE.

In addition to our Grand Prize winner, there will be 4 more awards for the greatest in:
Production Value
Historical Significance
Staying True to the Style and Essence of Milton H. Greene.

Good luck everyone! Stay tuned for updates - Here on our blog, on Facebook, and Twitter!


Oscar Sale - "The Theory of Everything"
February 13th, 2015 12:40 pm

In 1990, my brother Anthony Greene told me (Joshua) that he was starting a production company in LA. He'd been negotiating with Showtime to create a documentary using Milton's images. Over the next year, Anthony met Gordon Freedman who was the producer of the Stephen Hawking documentary, "A Brief History In Time"

Gordon and Anthony teamed up to create "Marilyn Monroe Life After Death" and hired me as the visual consultant.

This project introduced me to the world of digital restoration, and as a result I met software creators on the cutting edge of this new territory. Photoshop, Live Picture, Corel Paint were some of applications in early stages of development. I also met the guys from Nash Editions, who became my mentors in the world of digital printmaking.

in 1993, Stephen Hawking came to LA to appear in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, named - Descent.

Gordon told us that Stephen was a Marilyn fan and that he had two of Milton's posters in his office at home. We had opportunity to meet Stephen for lunch, where we presented him with a Nash Editions Limited Edition Ballerina print and a 'mocked up' image of Stephen racing towards the camera, with Marilyn in the background - standing by her Cadillac. He was thrilled, appreciative, and very happy.

Soon after this lunch, we received picture of a smiling Stephen in his office with his new favorite pictures. Over time, this mocked up image has been seen in various interviews that have taken place in his home office.

For the Theory of Everything, producers recreated this print and used our good friend Suzie Kennedy in place of Marilyn Monroe.

Now through February 22nd, purchase ‘Marilyn Monroe Ready for an Evening Out’ Advance Continuous Tone (ACT) Print for $100. Regularly priced at $150, this is the image that inspired the Stephen Hawking/Marilyn Monroe photo seen in the Oscar-nominated film “The Theory of Everything.”

Happy Birthday Honest Abe!
February 12th, 2015 2:45 pm
Marilyn Monroe Milton Greene Abraham Lincoln Cadillac 1954 Hollywood
We'll be having a week-long sale starting on Presidents Day!

President’s Week Sale

Starting Monday, February 16th (Presidents Day) through February 22nd, you can get a limited edition print of Marilyn Monroe holding a portrait of her hero, Abraham Lincoln for $525 (30% off its $750 regular price) and receive a ‘Marilyn Monroe Ready for an Evening Out’ Advance Continuous Tone (ACT) Print as our gift to you (a $150 value). ‘Marilyn Monroe with a Portrait of Lincoln' is part of the 'Portraits of an Era  collection and is limited to an edition of 500. On a Los Angeles street in 1954, Milton H. Greene took this image of Marilyn Monroe in the back of a Cadillac holding a portrait of her hero — Abraham Lincoln. Jack Benny gave the car to Marilyn for appearing on his television show. This image was published for the first time in 1996 in The Archives’ best-selling book Milton’s Marilyn. It was not exhibited until the release of 'Portraits of an Era' in 2001.

More about the photo above...

It’s 1954, and Marilyn Monroe stands in her shiny black Cadillac – given to her in lieu of payment for a television appearance. The car’s top is down, and palm trees in the background indicate she’s in her hometown, Los Angeles.

Monroe is 28, but her pale skin and blonde hair makes her look younger. She’s wearing a pink gingham shirt, tied above the waist, and dark blue jeans. She’s wearing Joe DiMaggio’s wedding ring. Sexy yet eternally gamine, she seems carefree and relaxed – a very modern movie star.

It’s the very image of American affluence, made doubly iconic by another picture within – the framed photograph of Abraham Lincoln that Marilyn’s holding up to her face. In one shot, she pouts impishly, while in the next, she breaks into a girlish smile.

The photo was taken by Milton Greene, who would soon become Marilyn’s business partner as she plotted her escape from Hollywood. Little-known at the time, it was later published in Of Women and Their Elegance, a 1980 book of Greene’s portraits, with a rather fanciful text provided by novelist Norman Mailer.

In this imagined memoir, Mailer has Marilyn say, “The truth was that I was afraid everybody would laugh themselves to death at the thought of me having a crush on such a famous President. But I truly adored Abraham Lincoln. I used to have dreams that I was his illegitimate great-granddaughter. ‘Why not legitimate?’ asked Milton. Before it was over, I let him talk me into taking a picture with my great-grandfather in my Cadillac car.”


This is only a (gif) test!
February 11th, 2015 2:37 pm

Just a test - do you see Sammy Davis, Jr. shaking his tailfeather?

Watch the video here