Saturday, October 15, 2011

Marilyn Monroe Revisited

Just when it appears everything has been written, photographed, recorded and dissected about all things Marilyn, we gain yet another perspective. 

The latest in the entry is a very unique one -- My Week With Marilyn (Weinstein Company) tells the diary account of Colin Clark, a lowly 23 year old assistant who worked on her film "The Prince and the Showgirl" with Sir Laurence Olivier. Marilyn was married to Arthur Miller at the time and when he departed the set for Paris, she fled with Clark to the English countryside for a welcome respite from the spotlight. 

Actress Michelle Williams channels the international megablond who captured the heart of a baseball player, an American President, a best selling novelist, and left indelible screen images in everything from The Seven Year Itch to the haunting Misfits. Oscar buzz has already begun and she certainly looks the part. The film also starts Judi Dench and Kenneth Branaugh.

Michelle Williams
Colin Clark's Book

Williams  on set with Dougray Scott as Arthur Miller
above and below

Monroe with third husband Arthur Miller
on the set of The Misfits in 1960. It was her last film.

From her platinum blonde locks and her red lipstick to her form fitting dresses, no one can argue that Marilyn was an icon in the truest sense and ranks as one of the most influential women in history (style wise).  In a case of imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, UK's Telegraph did a piece recently on celebrities who have taken a page from her style book and channeled their own inner (and in this case outer) Marilyn....

Lindsay Lohan

Gwen Stefani has long been a Monroe devotee
Scarlett Johansson for Dolce & Gabbana

Kelly Osborne goes from brunette to platinum blonde
James Franco at the Oscars

Paris Hilton tries the look on for size

Madonna spoof's  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
for her Material Girls video 

Christina Aguilera in 2005

The film debuts November 4th.

Photo Credits: Laurence Cendrowicz/Weinstein Company, The Telegraph