My Weekend with Marilyn

On Sunday I watched the movie My Week with Marilyn. Have you seen this? I thought it was perfectly lovely, if not a little sad. It’s interesting; I feel like I’ve learned a lot of things about Norma Jean lately, and find that it’s hard to maintain that image of a glamorous, bombshell starlet in my head. The poor thing was so lonely, and looking for love in all the wrong places. Her death at the young age of 36 is truly a tragedy.

Watching the movie complimented this long article I’d read about her in this month’s Vanity Fair on Saturday; sometimes I think the publication timing of these things is not a coincidence! If you have a chance, definitely read this. It’s a fascinating excerpt from a memoir written by photographer Larry Schiller, who shot several exclusives with Marilyn, and who was one of a few to see her the day before she died. I love these types of articles, because it’s interesting to compare the lasting impression you have of a cultural icon with what the reality was.

PS — Michelle Williams was unbelievable as Marilyn in the movie. So, so good. You will also swoon over Eddie Redmayne. Oh, those British boys.

 

15 comments

  1. Emily (TheStylist LA) said: replied:

    I’ve been wanting to see this! It’s interesting bc I read the book Blonde by Joyce Carol Oats and I felt sad to learn all of the “non-glamourous” things about Marilyn. She really did live a very lonely and tragic life. She is so fascinating still to me though.

    xx
    Emily
    TheStylist LA
    http://www.stylistla.com/blog

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  2. Jess said: replied:

    I just watched this recently too! I never really new anything about her until this movie, but it was definitely a gorgeous movie, and Michelle Williams was amazing in it!

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  3. Kate said: replied:

    I saw this in the theater when it first came out and LOVED it! I have to make an angry phone call to the Vanity Fair people…my copy didnt come this month!!

    Kate
    http://www.theforgetfulwife.com

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  4. viv said: replied:

    I want to watch this movie so badly. Maybe I’ll find some time this weekend!

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  5. Lisa // Elembee, Etc said: replied:

    This has been on my to watch list for forever. And totally love Eddie Redmayne. I just watched him in a 2-part series called Birdsong on Masterpiece Classic. So, so good.

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  6. Marche' said: replied:

    Agreed! Sometimes it saddens me how many young starlets want to emulate her and don’t even realize the lonely and painful life she lived.

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  7. Sara said: replied:

    I loved this movie!

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  8. Giovanna said: replied:

    I agree! My Week with Marilyn is a great film…. so glad you shared your experience with us.

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  9. Sara said: replied:

    I loved this movie so much too! I was able to see it at Lucas Film which was such a great experience. For me, the sadness of the movie made it very raw and real.

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  10. I NEED to see this! Michelle looks amaaaazing.

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  11. Melissa said: replied:

    This is still on my list of movies to watch — we just rented Moneyball this weekend, so I am seriously behind!

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  12. Bettina said: replied:

    Wow, I just read the whole Vanity Fair article, so many things I didn’t know about who she was off screen. Thanks for sharing

    15 May 2012 | Reply
  13. franki durbin said: replied:

    Have not seen it. It looks sad and I don’t see much need to watch a sad film when I’d rather have a good laugh. She always seemed a bit tragic to me, likely because I see a sadness in her eyes. I’m so glad to hear the movie is good. I’ll see it at some point. And I’m off to read that article!

    16 May 2012 | Reply
  14. The Yuppie Files said: replied:

    I’ve been dying to see this! Putting it on my Netflix queue right now.

    16 May 2012 | Reply
  15. Manda said: replied:

    Just got this movie from the Library! Excited to watch it in the next few days. :)
    Eat Cake

    16 May 2012 | Reply

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