Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.
“We’re all scared! I spent half my professional life in abject, bloody terror! It’s what actors do!”
I never saw Marilyn Monroe on the big screen. She was gone long before I was even a twinkle in my father’s eye. She died 13 years before I was born. And yet, even today, her legacy and impact on the world has lessened only marginally. When people talk about movie stars, they might mention today’s fad-of-the-week, but those aren’t true stars. They don’t light up the screen like it’s on fire and make you feel scared and excited and loved and confused and sad all at the same time. Only those of Marilyn’s caliber could do that, and they are, sadly, gone with her, for the most part.