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Download My Week with Marilyn and The Prince, The Show Girl and Me Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (751 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin Clark Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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In 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark began work as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. The blonde bombshell and the legendary actor were ill suited from the start. Monroe, on honeymoon with her new husband, the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller, was insecure, often late, and heavily medicated on pills. Olivier, obsessively punctual, had no patience for Monroe and the production became chaotic.

Clark was perceptive in his assessment of what seemed to be going wrong in Monroe's life: too many hangers-on, intense insecurity, and too many pills. Before long, Monroe and Clark spent an innocent week together in the English countryside and Clark became her confidant and ally.

This special theatrical edition also includes The Prince, The Showgirl and Me, Colin Clark's diary during the film's production.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/19/2014

    " A very short and sad read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/16/2014

    " This was actually two books - My Week With Marilyn and The Prince, the Showgirl and Me. I much preferred the former. Both were interesting but the second book had a lot of sections that I found boring. I definitely want to see the movie, now, and want to read more about Marilyn, herself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lady of the Lake | 2/13/2014

    " This story was "ok" how much of it really happened the way it is told? Who knowsI'm certainly not able to say nor does it really matter to me... but being the parent of four young adults i find it very hard to believe that at the tender age of 23 this young man was as wise and mature as he portrays himself to be in this book. When stories are written after the demise of the main people in the story one can say what they like... who will say it didnt happen that way...maybe that IS the way HE remembered things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Desive | 1/24/2014

    " This was very interesting, but at the same time very depressing. Marilyn really was a mess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb Holden | 12/29/2013

    " Not much in this book. Just as it says, a week in the life of Marilyn Monroe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/29/2013

    " I love Marilyn and Olivier anyway, so this book was a dream for me! It was so beautiful and truthful and heartfelt...the only reason I didn't give it five stars was because I would have liked to see a bit more Vivien Leigh (she's one of my idols)! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 12/8/2013

    " This book gave me the chance to see this american icon in a different light and was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pattie | 11/21/2013

    " I've always been fascinated with "behind the scenes" stories, and I was so glad the facts of this book matched what I already knew about the Oliviers from the excellent biography of Vivien Leigh by Anne Edwards. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 11/16/2013

    " It was ok, didn't love it, got bored with the diaries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla Jane | 7/19/2013

    " I enjoyed this memoir and would now like to read it's companion, The Prince, The Showgirl, and Me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Courtright | 2/24/2013

    " Ehhh. It was not that the writing was bad but it still felt very unfinished to me. It was advertised as "a week with the most famous person in the world". After finishing, I was still waiting for that week to begin. I still want to see the movie though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dionysus Med | 12/3/2012

    " nice ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosehip | 8/30/2012

    " I really enjoyed this first-hand look into Marilyn's life. It made me sad, it made me laugh and it made me understand her better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 12/27/2011

    " Very easy read. Interesting perspective on a heavily covered topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 12/26/2011

    " This was an interesting little character study into the real-life of Marilyn Monroe. I enjoyed the setting, the interaction of the actors in the making of the film, and the insight into her tragic life. "

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About the Author

Colin Clark (1932–2002) was a British writer and filmmaker. He was the younger brother of the famous diarist Alan Clark and younger son of Sir Kenneth (“Lord Clark of Civilization”), and was educated at Eton and Oxford. After The Prince and the Showgirl, he became a personal assistant to Laurence Olivier before moving to Granada Television. Subsequently he produced and directed over a hundred arts documentary films in America and Britain. His autobiography Younger Brother, Younger Son was published in 1997.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.