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My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark
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Jun 14, 2012

it was amazing
Read from June 11 to 13, 2012

This is a very vivid and haunting account by Colin Clark about his nine-day period of closely being with Marilyn Monroe. Clark worked as a 3rd assistant director on "The Princess and the Showgirl" with Laurence Olivier and Monroe. Marilyn, though, was often not on the set and distant. Olivier sent Clark to talk to Marilyn to get her to come back to the set, which initiates their special relationship that lasts for little over a week. It starts out a little stodgy with much film set detail, but once Clark and Monroe meet, the story becomes very emotional. I could feel the emotions so strongly between the two of them, getting a strong sense of their pain and confusion. I felt like I knew Marilyn after reading it, felt her pain and pitied her... but then again, Clark also understands that she could be distant and intentionally misleading. Is this the real Marilyn? It may very well be, but we'll never quite know. A very effective memior with tantalizing mysteries that go unsolved...

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