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In our early days in New York, which is to say in the 50s- my brother was the first to move to New York because when he was in the army he met a fellow soldier whose uncle was the famous photographer who'd done some 90 cover photographs for Life Magazine- Milton Greene. And Milton Greene was also famous, and remains famous too, for the many photographs that he took of Marilyn Monroe. And so when David got out of the army this friend of his said- you should look up Milton Green; there may be a job working with him. And so he did. And there was a job as his assistant that he got, at a time when Milton and Lawrence Olivier were becoming co-producers of two Marilyn Monroe films: one of them "Bus Stop"; the other one "The Prince and the Showgirl", "Bus Stop" taking place, I believe, in Texas; and "Prince and the Showgirl" in, in England. And so, so that's how I met Marilyn Monroe.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015) known for his important documentaries on Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, pioneered the documentary style known as Direct Cinema. He helped create techniques still widely used in modern documentary production, as well as many of the techniques used in reality TV.

Listeners: Tamara Tracz Rebekah Maysles Sara Maysles

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Rebekah Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is an artist living between New York and Philadelphia. She has her own line of clothing, Blackberryrose, and co-runs the store Sodafine in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, a vintage and handmade store that sells clothing, books and other products made by artists.

Sara Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is currently doing her BA in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and working as an Archivist of the photographs and photographic material at Maysles Films Inc., Albert‚s film production company. She spent ten months out of two years working with Tibetan refugees at a center in Nepal, and continues to travel back and forth between America and Asia.

Tags: New York, Life Magazine, Bus Stop, The Prince and the Showgirl, Texas, England, David Maysles, Milton Greene, Marilyn Monroe, Lawrence Olivier

Duration: 1 minute, 24 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008