In 1957 Young Colin Clark documented his year of working on the film The Prince and the Showgirl. His journal of the production of the film later became a memoir called The Prince, the Showgirl and Me. My Week with Marilyn is a film named after his second memoir on the subject, documenting an astounding week omitted from the first.
Clark is torn between being the dutiful assistant to the film's Producer, leading man and director, Laurence Olivier and ally to Marilyn Monroe, who was at odds with Olivier for much of the filming. And of course as to be expected, Clark falls in love with Monroe. Perhaps, slightly less expected, is that we fall in love with her as well.
Michelle Williams' performance is so emotive, and revealing of a very layered woman whose depth we can not begin to know. There were so many moments in which Williams channeled Monroe's thoughtfully searching eyes, quick grinned and quick witted charm that made me smile bitter sweetly. Moments that amounted to an amazing performance and made me consider the subject, more than just an icon. We are after all, just people. Even Marilyn Monroe.
"I am trying to prove to myself that I am a person. Then maybe I'll convince myself that I am an Actress" - Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was a troubled woman with a troubled childhood, an actress, a film star and yes, a sex symbol. She was also the second woman to start her own production company in Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe Productions.
At first laughed at she ultimately gained control of the roles she took, held final production approval, and guaranteed her increased salary of $100,000 per film in an unheard of contract with 20th Century Fox. The deal would contribute to the end of the Studio Star System. The Prince and the Showgirl would be the only film to be completely released under Marilyn Monroe Productions.
Marilyn entertained the troops in Korea while on her honeymoon to Joe DiMaggio and she was a regular at the Hollywood Canteen at home.
She was well known for holding progressive left wing views and was believed to have personally lobbied John F Kennedy to take action on ending segregation. In a time when being "friendly" with Negroes was unheard of among whites she was close friends with Dorothy Dandridge and instrumental in the mainstream introduction to her friend Ella Fitzgerald.
I am certain there is much more to the sex kitten with the platinum hair and the breathy voice. Underestimated, perhaps misunderstood, Marilyn was called a genius by some. A fan is born.