MARILYN MONROE PRODUCTIONS
Office located at Milton Greene photo studio, 480 Lexington Avenue, New York City.
November 1954, Marilyn divorced Joe DiMaggio.
December 1954, she left to New York to found, with Milton Greene, her own production society.
On January 7, 1955, public statment in front of 80 reporters and friends, in the lawyer Frank Delaney's house; the only absent reporters were Dorothy Kilgallen and Walter Winchell (particularly hostiled to Marilyn ).
with Elsa Maxwell
with Frank Delaney
with Marlene Dietrich
Marilyn was named presidente with 51% shares and Milton Greene vice président with 49% shares.
Their lawyers were Frank Delaney, Irving Stein; the bookkeeper was Joseph Carr.
By acting this way and for her own, she called the all-powerful studios into question; she was vilified by the press.
She prepared herself to a sabbatical year : she lived at the Greene's property, stayed at the
She prepared herself to a sabbatical year : she lived at the Greene's property, stayed at theWaldorf Astoria when she was in New York City, started to take some courses with Lee Strasberg and began a psychoanalysis.
Milton dealt with the financial development of the main capital of the society, prepared some movie projects and worked with his lawyers team who re negotiated Marilyn's contract with the Fox.
Pictures with Milton Greene
After a year, the society announced that they had
negotiated a new non-exclusive contract with the Fox.
The huge success of "The Seven Year Itch" reinforced the Marilyn Monroe Productions's position, and Marilyn forced the Fox to submit. Her new contract included a check for the residual salaries, a new salary of 100 000$ for shooting 4 movies in 7 years and guaranteed her the Fox approval for all her personal projects. She also held a right of inspection on the screenplays proposed and also on the directors and directors of photography.
Her victory was one the first breach in the great Hollywood studios system.
March 1, 1956, agreement with the Warner
with Jack Warner and Milton Greene
1956, the relationships between the 2 partners slowly deteriorated. Arthur Miller wanted to be involved in his wife's professional projects.
in April 1957, before the release of "The Prince and the Showgirl", she claimed that Greene had badly ran the society and held negotiations on his own and didn't inform her about it.
She suggested a new manager staff. Five days later, she replaced the lawyers of the society by Miller personal legal advisor, Robert H. Montgomery, Miller's brother-in-law, George Kupchnik, and one of his friend, George Levine.
George Carr spent his last years to work as a bookkeeper; Irving Stein, him, became president of the Elgin Watch Company. He died in 1966.
The Marilyn Monroe Productions didn't produce any other movie but survived for fiscal reasons and to run Marilyn's income. The financial authorities closely took an interest in the society, because they suspected Marilyn to have founded it in a tax avoidance purpose.
Letter about Milton Greene's break-up from the Marilyn Monroe Productions dated September 17, 1957
Checks of the Marilyn Monroe Productions
March 22, 1956, payable to Inez Melson
December 4, 1959 payable to Hazel Washington
January 12, 1960 payable to Paula Strasberg
May 6, 1960 to the Beverly Hills Hotel
May 26, 1961, payable to Hedda Rosten
October 6, 1961, payable to Marjorie Stengel
Letter from the Marilyn Monroe Productions to the Fox about Cherie Redmond