My Week with Marilyn by Colin Clark audiobook

My Week with Marilyn

By Colin Clark
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In1956, fresh from Oxford University, twenty-three-year-old Colin Clark beganwork as a lowly assistant on the set of ThePrince and the Showgirl, the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier withMarilyn Monroe. The blonde bombshell and the legendary actor were ill suitedfrom the start. Monroe, on honeymoon with her new husband, the celebratedplaywright Arthur Miller, was insecure, often late, and heavily medicated onpills. Olivier, obsessively punctual, had no patience for Monroe and theproduction became chaotic. Englandwas abuzz when Monroe arrived to shoot The Prince and the Showgirl. Shehoped working with the legendary Olivier would give her acting furthercredibility, while he hoped the film would give his career a boost at the boxoffice and some Hollywood glamour. But Monroe, feeling abandoned when Millerleft the country for Paris, became difficult on the set. Clark was perceptivein his assessment of what seemed to be going wrong in Monroe’s life: too manyhangers-on, intense insecurity, and too many pills. Olivier, meanwhile, wasimpatient and condescending toward her. Ata certain point, feeling isolated and overwhelmed, Monroe turned her attentionto Clark, who gave her comfort and solace. Before long, she escaped the set anda remarkable true adventure took place. Monroe and Clark spent an innocent weektogether in the English countryside and Clark became her confidant and ally.And, like any man would be expected to, he fell a bit in love. Clark understoodhow best to handle Monroe and became Olivier’s only hope of getting the filmfinished. Before long, young Colin was in over his head, and his heart may wellhave been broken by the world’s biggest movie star. Abeguiling memoir that reads like a fable, My Week with Marilyn is aboveall a love letter to one of our most enduring icons.

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Summary

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In1956, fresh from Oxford University, twenty-three-year-old Colin Clark beganwork as a lowly assistant on the set of ThePrince and the Showgirl, the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier withMarilyn Monroe. The blonde bombshell and the legendary actor were ill suitedfrom the start. Monroe, on honeymoon with her new husband, the celebratedplaywright Arthur Miller, was insecure, often late, and heavily medicated onpills. Olivier, obsessively punctual, had no patience for Monroe and theproduction became chaotic.

Englandwas abuzz when Monroe arrived to shoot The Prince and the Showgirl. Shehoped working with the legendary Olivier would give her acting furthercredibility, while he hoped the film would give his career a boost at the boxoffice and some Hollywood glamour. But Monroe, feeling abandoned when Millerleft the country for Paris, became difficult on the set. Clark was perceptivein his assessment of what seemed to be going wrong in Monroe’s life: too manyhangers-on, intense insecurity, and too many pills. Olivier, meanwhile, wasimpatient and condescending toward her.

Ata certain point, feeling isolated and overwhelmed, Monroe turned her attentionto Clark, who gave her comfort and solace. Before long, she escaped the set anda remarkable true adventure took place. Monroe and Clark spent an innocent weektogether in the English countryside and Clark became her confidant and ally.And, like any man would be expected to, he fell a bit in love. Clark understoodhow best to handle Monroe and became Olivier’s only hope of getting the filmfinished. Before long, young Colin was in over his head, and his heart may wellhave been broken by the world’s biggest movie star.

Abeguiling memoir that reads like a fable, My Week with Marilyn is aboveall a love letter to one of our most enduring icons.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Beguiling, touching, and compassionate.” Evening Standard
“Clark is both a sharp and affectionate diarist…His book has an entertaining narrative bounce.” Guardian
“The immediacy and charm of Clark’s recollections are possibly more illuminating than the millions of words and pictures pumped out to expose or dish the dirt on the Monroe legend.” Sunday Times

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Author Bio: Colin Clark

Author Bio: Colin Clark

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 a hundred arts documentary films in America and Britain. His autobiography Younger Brother, Younger Son was published in 1997.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 10.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English