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My Week With Marilyn

18 Nov

Movie Release Date: November 23rd, 2011
Directed By: Simon Curtis
Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh
Movie plot:

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. – imdb.com

Based on: “The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” (1995) and “My Week with Marilyn” (2000)
Written By: Colin Clark
“The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” Book Description:

When Colin Clark left college in the 1950s, he got a job as a gofer on the set of the movie The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. The film should have been a box office smash, but even before cameras rolled, things began going wrong–and Clark recorded it all in this beguiling, fly-on-the-wall diary. – From ‘Vhps Hardcover’ book jacket

“My Week With Marilyn” Book Description:

In 1956, fresh from Eton and Oxford, the 23-year-old Colin Clark (son of ‘Lord Clark of Civilisation’, brother of maverick Tory MP and diarist Alan) worked as a humble ‘gofer’ on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that disastrously united Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. Forty years on, his account of this was chosen as book of the year by Jilly Cooper, Joan Collins and others. This is the story of when Clark escorted a Monroe desperate to escape from the pressures of stardom. Her new husband Arthur Miller was away, and the coast was clear for Colin to introduce her to the pleasures of British life. How he ended up sharing her bed is a tale too rich to summarise! Clark’s extraordinary experiences on and off set have now been turned into a major film starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh and Dominic Cooper, due for release in November 2011. – From ‘UK General Books’ book jacket

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Interesting facts about the book and/or movie:

  • Scarlett Johansson was approached for the main role but she turned it down.
  • Other potential candidates for this role were Amy Adams and Kate Hudson.
  • This movie is based on 2 books, both written by Colin Clark. They take place during the filming of the movie “The Prince and The Show Girl”.
  • These two books were entries from Colin Clark’s diaries.

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Books - 1995, Books - 2000, Movies - 2011

 

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