Lee Strasberg believed that to be a great actress Marilyn would need to delve into her subconscious and the best way to obtain this would be to see a psychoanalyst. “As for the actor’s training, I would say that the essential element is to train the inner faculties of the artist.”
Her first analyst, Dr Margaret Hohenburg, was recommended to her by her friend, photographer and business partner Milton Greene. After the break up of Marilyn and Milton’s friendship in 1957, Marilyn began to see Dr Marianne Kris. After she was wrongfully institutionalized at Payne Whitney in 1961 on the orders of Dr Kris, Marilyn began seeing Dr Ralph Greenson, whom she came to rely on immensely.