The Real Scoop: What It’s Like to Work with The Monkees

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What are Davy, Micky, Peter and Mike really like when they’re slaving away under the hot lights on the Monkee Set?

Do they put-on the stage crew, the actors and extras? Or, do the Monkees bend over backwards to help others?

For the first time, here is the behind-the-scenes story of the award-winning comedians, as told by one of their prettiest leading ladies.

  • Donna Loren
  • Davy Jones
  • Colette (Donna Loren), Davy Jones
    Meeting Davy again was a big thrill for me. We had worked together two years before on “Shindig” and then I remember thinking Davy would be a big star someday. One thing’s for sure… Davy hasn’t changed a bit since I met him. He’s still the same sweet boy he was when we met. During the breaks between scenes, Davy and I talked about horses a lot. Davy’s crazy about them and so am I. He still thinks he would like to be a jockey. I don’t think he’ll ever get the chance because he’ll always act.
  • Davy Jones, Colette (Donna Loren)
    Davy made it fun to do all the scenes. This episode will be shown in October and we got to wear beautiful costumes. I played a harem girl and Davy took the part of a shiek. He really looked the part, too. There was one scene where the camera used the speed-up action that is so characteristic of the show. It was fun because I got to tell Davy how groovy I thought he was in the show and that’s really the way I feel about him when we’re not play acting. Right after I finished this part, the word came that I was to go to Europe and do some special appearances. This really thrilled me. The Monkees seemed to be a good luck charm for me.
  • Davy Jones, Colette (Donna Loren)
    A kiss from Davy is fun in any girl’s estimation. I was surprised about the professional way all the Monkees act toward their work. Everyone of them made me feel right at home and did everything he could to make the work fun.
  • Peter Tork
    Peter is sweet. He likes to talk about lots of other things besides show business. When he isn’t in front of the cameras, Peter spends most of the time in his dressing room. He is quite serious minded and keeps informed on what’s happening all over the world.
  • Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith
    Micky was in a funny mood most of the time during the shooting. He had been staying up late at night working on some sculpture. He explained to me that when an idea hit him he just couldn’t wait to get at it so even if it took him all night, once he started, he had to finish. Mike has a dry sense of humor. When I first met him, I didn’t really know whether he was making fun of me by some of the things he said or just being funny. I discovered that his way is just like this and he turned out to be very friendly and quite unusual.

Magazine: Fave
Editor: Mary Jo Clements
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Publisher: New Asbury Ltd. Publishing Co.
Pages: 38–39