My Week With Marilyn
Given her brief time in the limelight, few people have influenced our culture so profoundly as Marilyn Monroe. She is an enduring icon that has been celebrated and imitated since her death in 1962. Movies have been made in the hope of shedding some light on her private life, including her interactions with other celebrities.
Released November 23, 2011, My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams, is based on a personal account by Colin Clark, an assistant in the employ of Sir Laurence Olivier, as he recounts the events that took place during the filming of Monroe’s movie, The Prince and the Show Girl. Olivier directed and co-starred in the film. The movie takes place in the time following Monroe’s honeymoon with her third husband, the playwright Arthur Miller. It dramatizes the week following Miller’s departure from England and return to the United States and the events that purportedly took place during this time.
After Miller returned to the U.S., Marilyn Monroe took a week off from work so Olivier’s assistant, Colin Clark could show her the local sites. During this time, she was able to escape from the demands of her job and the associated pressures of being a star. There reportedly was quite a bit of tension between Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier during the filming of The Prince and the Show Girl due to her lack of discipline and professionalism while on set. Despite the fact that Olivier had once stated that he was quite sure upon first meeting her that he was destined to fall in love with Monroe.
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