My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark

Colin Clark’s memoir, My Week With Marilyn, chronicles his time as a ‘third assistant director’ (aka gofer) on the set of Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier’s 1956 movie, The Prince and the Showgirl.

Clark, 23-years-old at the time, was a devoted keeper of a journal. Keen to work in the film industry, he wangled a position on the Showgirl film-set through family connections – his parents were great friends of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. His journal documents the lead-up to filming, including arranging for a house for Monroe, who was traveling to England with new husband, Arthur Miller.
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Things that are making me happy this week

01. Two British Film Festival films this week – laughed and laughed at the wonderful Jim Broadbent in The Duke, followed by a delicious dinner at Mexican Street Food. And this evening, I saw an opera-rom-com, Falling for Figaro (Joanna Lumley steals the show). Continue reading