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.


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  1. 5.15.12

    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.

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  2. 5.15.12
    Jess said:

    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!

  3. 5.15.12
    Kate said:

    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!!


  4. 5.15.12
    viv said:

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

  5. 5.15.12

    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.

  6. 5.15.12
    Marche' said:

    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.

  7. 5.15.12
    Sara said:

    I loved this movie!

  8. 5.15.12
    Giovanna said:

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

  9. 5.15.12
    Sara said:

    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.

  10. 5.15.12

    I NEED to see this! Michelle looks amaaaazing.

  11. 5.15.12
    Melissa said:

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

  12. 5.15.12
    Bettina said:

    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

  13. 5.16.12

    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!

  14. 5.16.12

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

  15. 5.16.12
    Manda said:

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