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Diahann Carroll, New York City 1959
July 16th, 2015 1:45 pm

"Fortunately in my youth I had the joy of working with the brilliant Milton Greene. He added such vitality and beauty to his work, which greatly influenced me for the rest of my life.
I just had my baby and went to the studio wearing this fitted yellow jacket.  I came out of the dressing room wearing a bustier, tights and heels. Milton would love to experiment and try things. He looked at me and noticed that I was still a little pudgy from baby. He looked at the color background and told me to go put on the jacket I was wearing. Being a pupil in the presence of a master, I put it on and Viola!  It was perfect.
One night he and Joe picked me up to go to a party in Los Angeles. He looked at what I was wearing and said “What are those satin bows on your shoes”. I said “What about them”.  He said they are distracting and ruining the line of the silhouette. He and Joe immediately removed them and the three of us looked at me in the mirror and saw a great pair of legs and a new pair of shoes. The affect of this attention gave me a whole different confidence and body language.
I wasn’t accustomed to a man who took the initiative to alter my clothing so that I would appear more beautiful. Milton would walk over to me and say “You don’t need that extra pin or accessory. Always remember the cleaner the better.” He did teach me to take advantage of what I had and it gave me confidence, which was good for a young girl who grew up in Harlem or is it Yonkers."                                                             

Diahann Carroll, Singer/Actress

Excerpted from But That's Another Story, by Amy & Joshua Greene. Published by powerHouse Books.

Marilyn Monroe's My Story: Marilyn and Groucho Marx
June 26th, 2015 3:01 pm

Marilyn Monroe by Milton H. Greene 1953

Groucho Marx by Milton H. Greene 1956

Someone I met at a lunch counter told me they were making retakes on a movie called Love Happy and needed a girl for a bit part. Harpo and Groucho Marx were in the movie.

I went on the set and found the producer Lester Cowan in charge. He was a small man with dark, sad eyes. He introduced me to Groucho and Harpo Marx. It was like meeting familiar characters out of Mother Goose. There they were with the same happy, crazy look I had seen on the screen. They both smiled at me as if I were a piece of French pastry. 

“This is the young lady for the office bit,” said Mr. Cowan.

Groucho stared thoughtfully at me.

“Can you walk?” he demanded.


I nodded.

“I am not referring to the type of walking my Tante Zippa has mastered,” said Groucho. “this role calls for a young lady who can walk by me in such a manner as to arouse my elderly libido and cause smoke to issue from my ears.”

Harpo honked a horn at the end of his cane and grinned at me.

I walked the way Groucho wanted.

“Exceedingly well done,” he beamed.

Harpo’s horn honked three times, and he stuck his fingers in his mouth and blew a piercing whistle.

“Walk again,” said Mr. Cowan.

I walked up and down in front of the three men. They stood grinning.

“It’s Mae West, Theda Bara, and Bo Peep all rolled into one,” said Groucho. “We shoot the scene tomorrow morning. Come early.”

“And don’t do any walking in any unpoliced areas,” said Harpo.

I played the next day; Groucho directed me. It was hardly more than a walk-on, but Mr. Cowan, the producer, said I had the makings of a star and that he was going to do something about it right away.

When you’re broke and a nobody and a man tells you that, he becomes a genius in your eyes. But nothing happened for a week. I sat every evening listening to my lover argue about my various shortcomings, and I remained blissfully happy.

Excerpted from My Story written by Marilyn Monroe. Published by Taylor Trade Publishing.


Marilyn Monroe, New York City 1955
June 25th, 2015 10:50 am

"Black velvet  backgrounds always seemed to have worked for Milton. He said that because there were no distractions, you could see the subject lit perfectly. Here Marilyn is in a black jersey, and a perfectly plain Norell cocktail dress with spaghetti straps. Incidentally, months earlier, while giving a press conference for Prince and the Showgirl, this was the dress whose strap popped. It had a matching, waist length cape, in black wool, slashed with green ribbon threaded through. The shoulder treatment is black, six-inch tassels hanging from a ridge of smocking. Above that are ruffles and ruches. Pure Norell! Marilyn loved it. She wore it with black satin pumps, a black evening bag and no jewelry. We were in business!"

Excerpted from But That's Another Story, by Amy & Joshua Greene. Published by powerHouse Books.

Judy Garland, New York City 1963
June 9th, 2015 4:32 pm

"She was my size, 5’2”. When we stood and talked, we looked like bookends Milton said. Sinatra and Sammy Davis said she was the greatest talent they had ever come across and they both worshipped her. When she was about to open at “THE PALACE”, she called Milton and said that ticket sales were down and she needed the cover of Life. He of course couldn’t promise that but would try. When was she free to work? At that point she was very self-conscious about her weight. She was to arrive at the studio at 8 p.m., did not get there until 11 p.m. Joe Eula and Milton did her make-up, hair and hid her body in yards of black and red velvet fabric; even used her black calf elbow-length gloves and presto change-o, a winner. It is now 4 a.m."

Excerpted from But That's Another Story, by Amy & Joshua Greene. Published by powerHouse Books.
Marilyn Monroe Birthday Trivia Contest #3
June 1st, 2015 3:56 pm
In honor of Marilyn Monroe's birthday today, June 1st, The Archives is giving away copies of Marilyn Monroe's autobiography 'My Story' signed by Joshua Greene. To win, be the first person to post the correct answer to the trivia question. We will contact you via e-mail to let you know you won. Trivia questions will be posted throughout today, June 1st, so keep checking back for more chances to win! E-mail us at if you have any questions or need additional details.

Trivia Question #3: According to long time Greene family housekeeper, Kitty Owens, one of Marilyn's favorite foods was scrambled eggs with these two unique ingredients?