‘The immediacy and charm of Clark’s recollections are possibly more illuminating than the millions of words and pictures pumped out to expose or dish the dirt on the Monroe legend’ Helen Osborne, Sunday Times
‘Beguiling, touching and compassionate’ Melanie McGrath, Evening Standard
‘An extraordinary story’ Frank Johnson, Spectator
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"The immediacy and charm of Clark's recollections are possibly more illuminating than the millions of words and pictures pumped out to expose or dish the dirt on the Monroe legend"
HELEN OSBORNE, 'Sunday Telegraph'
In this delightfully comic and touchingly romantic book Colin Clark describes – for the first time – what happened between Marilyn Monroe and himself during the 'missing' week from his celebrated diary for 1956, published in 1995 as 'The Prince, the Showgirl and Me'.
In 1956, fresh from Eton and Oxford, the twenty-three-year-old Colin Clark was employed as a humble 'gofer' on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl', the film that was intended to unite the talents of Sir Laurence Olivier, England's pre-eminent classical actor, and Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood's greatest star. From the outset the production was bedevilled by problems, and the clashes between Monroe and Olivier, who was both directing and co-starring, have entered film legend.
Nearly forty years later, Colin Clark's wonderfully entertaining diary of that time was chosen of the book of the year by Jilly Cooper, Joan Collins and many others. But – one week was missing from the middle of the book. Here is the story of that week: a delicious idyll in which Clark came to know an unhappy Monroe desperate to escape from the pressures of working with Olivier and an often hostile cast and crew, from the crowd of hangers-on who continually surrounded her, and from the burden of her stardom itself. How he unexpectedly ended up sharing a bed is a story readers will have to discover themselves.
"An engaging slice of memoir"