Colin Clark's Marilyn Monroe Affair A Lie? 'My Week With Marilyn' Story In Question | HuffPost
Colin Clark (9 October – 17 December ) was a British writer and filmmaker who version of which was also made in ) and the latter a memoir of his alleged relationship with Monroe. Clark's time with Monroe is the basis of the film My Week with Marilyn, where he is portrayed by Eddie Redmayne. Colin Clark was pretty respected when he first released "The Prince, a third party perspective on Marilyn and Olivier's working relationship. The new film "My Week With Marilyn" tells the story of a brief yet wondrous A new article in the LA Times digs deep into the alleged affair between Monroe and Colin Clark, the I'm sure that there was a relationship there.
Jack Cardiff, cinematographer on The Prince and the Showgirl, remembered Olivier's sharp verdict on Monroe even 25 years later: Williams is gorgeous, and creditably imitates Monroe's voice, walk and even facial expressions.
Inevitably, though, it's all too studied — and studied mannerisms just aren't sexy.
When you're playing Marilyn Monroe, this is a major problem. Meanwhile, Branagh looks nothing like Olivier. Still, given far more scope for invention than Williams is, he steals the show. He flies back to New York, and she begins a flirtation with Clark.
Alas, her famous comment on that occasion — probably apocryphal — isn't in this movie: In the film's key sequence, Monroe takes too many pills, locks herself in her bedroom, and collapses. Clark climbs in through the window. He refuses to open the door to her worried friends, asserting that he is the best person to look after her, and says he will sleep on the sofa. Instead, he gets into bed with the woozy and incoherent woman and starts telling her he loves her.Marilyn dances and sings in 'The Prince and the Showgirl'
According to him, that's as far as it goes — but Monroe can't remember anything the next morning, so you've only got his word for it.
Clark's diary and the movie present this as a loving and quasi-heroic attempt by Clark to "save" Monroe. The movie centers on Monroe during the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl" in Facing marital troubles with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller, and plagued with insecurity about her acting abilities, the film shows the year-old Monroe finding solace in a romantic relationship with a lowly, year-old assistant director, Colin Clark.
Indecades after Monroe's death, Clark published "The Prince, the Showgirl and Me," an account of his time on the film that included nothing about a romance with Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe, the Showgirl, and Colin Clark: A Romantic Interlude
But five years later, he wrote the follow-up "My Week With Marilyn," a far more gossipy read that included what he said was his dalliance with the movie star. Clark explained the gap by saying that for the nine days during filming when he became close to Monroe, he was so busy that he had made no entries in his diary. It was after "Showgirl" wrapped that he first recounted his full experience to a friend in a letter — and, apparently, he decided he was only ready to share those more intimate details in his book.
Clark, who went on to work in television and made a handful of documentary films, died in Williams, who spent months watching Monroe's films and devouring biographies on her, acknowledges that she found Clark to be an "unreliable narrator. To what extent it was consummated, I don't know.
Marilyn Monroe, the Showgirl, and Colin Clark: A Romantic Interlude - The Casual Observer
No one regarded him as anything but a gofer," said Amy Greene, the widow of Milton Greene, a photographer who was vice president of Monroe's production company. He was a fourth-rate water boy," agreed Greene's son, Joshua, who handles his father's archives.
He said he contacted BBC Films, the production company, to offer up his father's documents and photographs before production on "My Week With Marilyn" began, but his inquiry was ignored. Who is to say what happened in those bedrooms on those nights?
We were telling his account of it. That's the magical aspect of it. And even so, he did insist it was true.