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My Week with Marilyn Paperback – October 4, 2011
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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.Read more ›
Once you get past the stuff about Colin himself, the book is entertaining and informative. Lots of great insights into how movies were made. Marilyn must have been as exasperating and manipulative as she was magical, for she got on Olivier's last nerve, and he lived with and worked with Vivien Leigh (and she was no slouch in the diva department).
It also amused me that, in the end, the book is a lot like the movie it was about in that Marilyn, for all her issues, is enduringly compelling. 50 years after her death, she's still relevant and fascinating. Her life may have been sad but her legacy triumphed.
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Interesting but very detailed and drawn out in my opinion. Not enough information for a book. I skimmed past the last pages as I did not find any point in reading excerpts from his... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Mom
While I believe the author spent time with MM , the dialog is just too conversational to be taken from his diary. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Thomas Mihalek
Feels like Lost in Translation and Elvis Meets Nixon [VHS] as a 23-yuear-old guy becomes Marilyn's best friend for a week as they visit a castle, swim, she kisses him and he is... Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by ellison