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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861497
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Simon Prebble provides a sincere and authoritative tone and also offers an occasional offhand breathy vocal characterization of Monroe...Superb..." - AudioFile Magazine
"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
"Clark is both a sharp and affectionate diarist...his book has an entertaining narrative bounce." - The Guardian
"Beguiling, touching and compassionate." - Evening Standard
"An extraordinary story." - Spectator

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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It ends with the savage relief all round when the filming was finally done.
Ralph Blumenau
And Marilyn had her miscarriage on September 8 so obviously Colin Clark was NOT alone with Marilyn as she miscarried since Arthur Miller had returned!
Tim Mobile
I can't accept watching other women "play" Marilyn Monroe because she was one of a kind.
Sharon

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Blumenau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book in this edition is in two parts. The first, originally published in 1995 under the title "The Prince, the Showgirl and Me", is a transcript of the diaries Clark kept of the 24 weeks in 1956. It begins with the day on which he tried to get a job on the production crew of `The Prince and the Showgirl', of which Sir Laurence Olivier was director and producer and in which he will also star with Marilyn Monroe (MM). It ends with the savage relief all round when the filming was finally done. In the middle of the diaries there is an entry reading "I haven't written for a whole week" (nine days, actually) and that of course is his "Week with Marilyn" (nine days, actually) which were so heady that Clark only jotted down notes, which he wrote up many years later (passages of dialogue are certainly longer, more crafted and therefore less believable than they were in the diaries) and published in 2000 (two years before his death).

Colin Clark was only 23 during the events he narrates in his diary - but a pretty shrewd judge of men and women, with a gift of humorous description, and at the same time with a young man's susceptibility to being star-struck. He had the enormous self-confidence and savoir-faire that I suppose came from having been to Eton, not to mention being the son of Sir Kenneth Clark who provided the initial connection with Olivier. The determination with which Clark, completely inexperienced in anything to do with film-production, secures the job of 3rd Assistant Director (`the lowest of the low' and known as `gofer' because anyone can tell him to `go for this' or `go for that') is impressive. And he gets responsibility quite soon - finding houses for MM and her staff to stay in, hiring the servants in these houses, organizing police protection for MM, etc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shan B on January 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book tells an interestng inside perspective of someone who briefly got to know MM on the Prince and the Showgirl set, but the story is about Colin's life during the film not strictly his interaction with Marilyn. The book is essentially a diary and that's how it reads. It's his personal observations of his experience while filming, and not neccesarily facts of MM or the other people involved in the movie. Some of his thoughts are random and unnecessary to the MM/showgirl story, but overall I did enjoy the book and it's a very easy & quick read. I did see the movie, and it was much much better than the book. The movie is more like a story about Marilyn and less like Colin's personal diary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Gordy on May 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Like many, I decided to read this book after seeing the well-received movie version, which I enjoyed immensely (BTW, Eddie Redmayne, the young actor who plays Clark, is the spitting image of the author). As some have already stated, this is actually two separate books published several years apart. The first part to have been published is an actual (or purported - some think the whole thing is fictional) on set diary of the making of Olivier's film 'The Prince and the Showgirl'; the later publication is a reconstructed account of a missing nine days from the middle of that diary, during which Clark was apparently too busy to write his entries. In this publication, this second part appears first - but I read the book chronologically (i.e, pages 119-245 first, then went back and read the missing section - p. 1-117 - and then returned to p. 245 on to the end. This makes the book much more coherent and understandable, since the 2nd book thrusts you into the ongoing proceedings with very little context. Whether or not the book is strictly 100% true, it is a fascinating story and a worthwhile 'fun' read. PS I also strongly suggest watching the actual film of 'The Prince and the Showgirl' before reading this - or indeed, seeing the 'My Week With Marilyn' film also, as you will get much more out of both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJS on March 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chasity B on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
My Week with Marilyn
Colin Clark
Weinstein Books
De Capo Press
978-1-60286-149-7

When I first seen the preview for this movie, I was immediately hooked. Being that I am a huge Marilyn Monroe fan I knew that I just had to see it. However when I found out that it was taken from a book, as most amazing movies are. At least in my opinion they are. I then knew I had to read the book and the book became much more important to me than the movie did and to this day I am writing this having just finished the book and still have not seen the movie. I do have the movie sitting on my dresser right next to me but I am the kind of woman that believes the books are so much better and I must read them before even beginning to watch the movie.

Now with that being said, `My Week with Marilyn' is a book showcasing Colin Clark's story of his week with Marilyn which he titled, "My Week with Marilyn" in its other releases as well as his own personal diary entries which were titled, "The Prince and the Showgirl", those were written while he worked as a 3rd Assistant Director on the film, starring Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Oliver. This was the first time both forms had been put together as a book; they had both previously been released separately.

I was very excited to start this book; I couldn't even begin to imagine what it would hold in it, I mean imagine actually getting to spend a week with Marilyn Monroe! This book had to be good! The first part of the book, which is `My Week with Marilyn', is extremely intriguing. You get to see everyone who was a part of that movie and what their role is. You see from Colin's point of view what his take is on everyone including everyone in Marilyn's party, which includes herself.
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