The Daily Beast …
… talks with British film actress Vera Day who co-starred in “The Prince and the Showgirl,” which provides the background material for this week’s “My Week with Marilyn,” starring Michelle Williams.
In a lengthy oral history, Day recalls what she remembers of working with Monroe (who was not always a gracious co-star) and the film’s claims of a fling between the screen goddess and a young assistant named Colin Clark.
Here’s the nut graf:
“Marilyn even flounced off one time from the set and went back to her caravan and wouldn’t come out after a dispute between her and Sir Laurence Olivier. He was old school, and she was this brash American woman who was discounting everything he’d said. There was one scene where Marilyn said, “I just don’t ‘see’ it,” and Sir Laurence Oliver said something like, “Stop saying that, and just say the bloody line!” That was a little bit embarrassing for her. And there was one scene in the abbey where she needed 30 takes to do just one line! She was pretty unprofessional, but when she “got it” and did the scene right, she just came alive and was fantastic. She’d get that look in her eye like, “Ah!” and then the rest of the cast would be like, “Ah, thank God she’s got it!”
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