1957 Norwegian Movie Poster/Ad, "Prinsen og Korpiken" | Marilyn Monroe & Laurence Olivier, "The Prince and the Showgirl"

Legendary film star and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was teamed up with legendary British thespian Sir Laurence Olivier (May 22, 1907 – July 11, 1989) in “The Prince and the Showgirl,” a 1957 Warner Bros. movie filmed in London. It was produced by Marilyn’s new production company, aptly named Marilyn Monroe Productions. Olivier directed this film, which proved to be so trying with Monroe’s insecurities and tardiness that he didn’t direct another film for more than a decade.

 

A bit about the film, via How Stuff Works – Entertainment:

Less than two weeks after their marriage, Marilyn and Arthur Miller departed for London, where she began work on her new film, a version of Terence Rattigan’s play, “The Sleeping Prince”.

 

Scheduled to produce and direct the sophisticated comedy was England’s most celebrated actor, Laurence Olivier, who was also slated to star in the title role opposite Marilyn. Included among the distinguished supporting cast was Dame Sybil Thorndike. “The Prince and the Showgirl” aroused particular interest in Europe, where audiences were as enamored of Laurence Olivier as of Marilyn.

 

MovieFone film synopsis:

A traveling party of royals from central Europe arrives in England in 1911, as the host country prepares to celebrate the coronation of a new king. But when the visiting Regent (Laurence Olivier) goes to a musical theater, his attraction to American performer Elsie (Marilyn Monroe) makes it hard to stay focused. Soon, Elsie learns of a potential coup in the Regent’s home country, and it’s up to her to smooth things out — or watch as the nation hurtles toward instability.

 

Fun 2011 article written by Gary Susman and posted at MovieFone, “25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Prince and the Showgirl'” — here’s the opening:

How much of the backstage drama depicted in the new Michelle Williams film ‘My Week With Marilyn’ — which

chronicles the tumultuous shoot of the 1957 Marilyn Monroe / Laurence Olivier romantic comedy ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ — actually happened? Quite a bit, according to various Monroe and Olivier biographies. If anything, the new movie understates the turmoil surrounding the notoriously insecure and unreliable yet charismatic and witty sex goddess, her frustrated co-star/director Olivier, her overwhelmed new husband Arthur Miller, her manipulative drama coach Paula Strasberg, and star-struck gofer Colin Clark (on whose memoirs ‘My Week with Marilyn’ is based). It’s no wonder that the action behind the camera is better remembered today than the finished product, which plays like a pleasant, but inessential trifle, a footnote in the careers of two of the greatest performers in film history. Read on to learn more about what really happened behind the scenes of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl,’ including events not mentioned in ‘My Week with Marilyn.’

 

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