My Week with Marilyn

My Week with Marilyn

by Colin Clark

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ISBN-13: 9781602861497
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 666,428
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Colin Clark (1932–2002) was a British writer and filmmaker. He was the younger brother of the famous diarist Alan Clark and younger son of Sir Kenneth (“Lord Clark of Civilization”), and was educated at Eton and Oxford. After The Prince and the Showgirl, he became a personal assistant to Laurence Olivier before moving to Granada Television. Subsequently he produced and directed over 100 arts documentary films in America and Britain. His autobiography Younger Brother, Younger Son was published in 1997.

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My Week with Marilyn 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They were probaly trying thier best to spell. so stop teasing, everyone makes mistakes!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book. I recommend it if you are a Marilyn fan.
norabelle414 on LibraryThing 4 months ago
I was expecting this to be a lightweight story of romance between a nobody (who happened to have a job on a movie set due to lots of hard work and a bit of luck) and Marilyn Monroe, which would be mildly entertaining for me. It ended up being two completely different things. One was the story of an entitled cad who got only got the job working on the movie because his family was BFFs with "Larry" (Sir Laurence Olivier) and Vivien (Leigh), and because he had nothing better to do than sit outside a movie producer's office 9 hours a day for weeks and wait to be handed a job. This story did not amuse me in the least.However, there's another story here. The book takes place towards the end of Marilyn Monroe's career, and life. By this point she has just gotten married for the third time, she's addicted to pills, and she's surrounded by enablers who don't think she's anything more than money and a pretty face. Her American entourage exploit her, while keeping her self-esteem low so that she will continue to think she needs them. The British cast and crew of the movie (and her husband, Arthur Miller) have no respect for her and think she's an airhead, and make sure she knows how they feel. It's no wonder she fumbled her lines and couldn't sleep.This short story is a really insightful glimpse of Marilyn Monroe's life, but not a great story.The audiobook I listened to also included The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me, which is the transcribed diary written by Colin Clark before and during the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl" (the movie he worked on which starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe). This was so. long. and. boring. I skimmed through most of it as much as I could. I did not care at all about the minutiae of producing a movie in the 1950s (and I do mean MINUTIAE), nor the gossip of the cast and crew. The diary reveals Colin to be a womanizer and an ass. In an effort to protect Marilyn and himself (mostly just himself), he did not write in his diary at all about the week that he spent with Marilyn. (Despite the fact that they did not do anything interesting.) Throughout the whole filming of the movie, the British cast and crew treat the American cast and crew like total dirt. They exclude and belittle the Americans at every opportunity. And then, at the end of his diary, Colin Clark is astonished to realize that the Americans think the Brits are a bunch of cold, stuck-up assholes, and absolutely despise them! Serves you right, jerk.In short: read the short story (it is short! you can't go wrong!) but the diaries should definitely be skipped, unless you're really really into that kind of thing.
knahs on LibraryThing 4 months ago
I purchased this book after seeing Michelle Williams magical performance as Marilyn Monroe in the film My Week With Marilyn. It was interesting to read the diary entries for the week the film was based on but much more interesting to read the entire diary which was also contained in the book. It really provides a good view of how a film set works and the frustrations in dealing with the always late Monroe. However, at the same time, the author, despite his inexperience in the film industry at the time, was able to see the brilliance Monroe displayed on the camera and the stiffness conveyed by the experienced actor Laurence Olivier. Additionally, for Vivien Leigh fans, the author provides a bit of insight into her personality and felt that Leigh was actually more beautiful than Monroe although older. I found the book to be a great view of the making of a film that today, is only remembered, because of Marilyn Monroe's presence in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imaginitive and a fabulous book :)
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I thought the entire book would be abiut Colin's week wity Marilyn. Instead, only the first 100 pages were about them and the rest of the book was a normal journal he kept while om the set. I'm dissapointed.
mcdojl More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. I'm going to see the movie, I hope it is as cute as the story in the book.
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To the 11 year old who posted previously--perhaps you should read more and watch less. It may help improve your spelling. No spell check on a Nook unfortunately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would be lieing if i said i havent enjoyed this well riten book. I will haave to bye the movie because im 11 so i cant see it in the theaters. Verry well written.