I don’t go to the cinema very often... I did go to see The King’s Speech (and thoroughly enjoyed it) and before that, the final instalment in the Harry Potter saga (in 3D no less and yes, I did duck when a football appeared to be flying towards me), but before that it was some deep and meaningful action movie like... Kung Fu Panda...
But this week sees the release of My Week with Marilyn, which tells the story of Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 visit to England to film The Prince and the Showgirl with Sir Laurence Olivier.
Marilyn had recently married the playwright Arthur Miller, but he was less than impressed with his wife’s consistently poor timekeeping and unkempt appearance on set. He wrote of his disappointment in a notebook and expressed a worry that Marilyn’s behaviour might affect his creative skills... Marilyn duly found the notebook and her third marriage was arguably doomed from that point forward.
Understandably, Olivier became increasingly infuriated with the antics of his leading actress and found a surprising ally in Miller... quite possibly because Olivier’s wife Vivien Leigh had a long history of nervous breakdowns and fits of uncontrollable rage with which Miller could readily identify.
At the time, Miller was being investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee for possible Communist links and if that wasn’t enough, Marilyn learned that she was pregnant around the end of August... she turned to champagne and sedatives to quell her anxiety, but during her stay in England, Marilyn’s mental state became increasingly fragile...
In the forthcoming film, Marilyn Monroe is portrayed by Michelle Williams, who (physically at least) bears a striking resemblance to the legendary Hollywood star. I can’t wait to watch the movie... not only because I’m interested in the subject, but also because I get to munch my way through a family bag of Revels.
Marilyn and Revels... Life surely doesn’t get much better than that!!
All my own work... almost.