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A new movie about Marilyn Monroe is filmed at Duxford
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams stars as Marilyn Monroe in the new film

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford was the base for a glittering cast of Holywood and British film stars.

My Week with Marilyn is inspired by Colin Clark's account of time he spent with Marilyn Monroe in 1956.

The actress was in the UK filming The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier.

In the new film, the aerodrome at Duxford is used as the location for the arrival of Marilyn Monroe and her husband Arthur Miller from the USA.

Michelle Williams stars as Marilyn Monroe and is joined by cast of mostly British actors including Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Dougray Scott and Emma Watson.

My Week with Marilyn

Colin Clark was straight out of university and trying to break into a film career when he was offered the chance to be a third assistant director, or "gofer", on The Prince and the Showgirl.

He later wrote two books inspired by this time. The second focused upon a week-long period when the playwright Arthur Miller had returned to the USA and Laurence Olivier asked him to look after Monroe.

Olivier was a family friend.

The film charts Clark's attempts to introduce Monroe to the delights of English life in the 1950s. He always denied allegations they had an affair during this time.

Clark went on to have a successful career as a documentary maker in America.

However, his achievements were over-shadowed by those of his more famous father and brother - the art historian Kenneth Clark and the MP and diarist Alan Clark.

My Week with Marilyn is being shot in and around London.




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