'The Prince and The Showgirl'
'The Prince and The Showgirl'
possibly by James and Betty Swarbrick
modern digital print, 1956
Given by British Film Institute, 2012
Sittersback to top
- Jack Cardiff (1914-2009), Film director and cameraman. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist or producer of 1 portrait. Identify
- Milton H. Greene (1922-1985), Photographer. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
- Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), Actress. Sitter in 49 portraits. Identify
- Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier (1907-1989), Actor, producer and director. Sitter in 114 portraits. Identify
Artistback to top
- James and Betty Swarbrick, Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Filming began at Pinewood Studios on 7 August 1956 and as the recent film of Colin Clark's book My Week with Marilyn charts, the production was not easy. Olivier, an experienced theatrical actor and director was exasperated by Monroe's recurring lateness, forgetfulness and her insistence of her coach Paula Strasberg on set. Monroe found allies among co-stars Vera Day and Dame Sybil Thorndike and years later Olivier retorted 'I was as good as I could be, and Marilyn! Marilyn was quite wonderful, the best of all. So. What do you know?' Jack Cardiff (top left), master of Technicolor and cinematographer on the film thought Monroe 'as near perfect as any cameraman could wish for.' Milton H. Greene (shown photographing Monroe and Olivier on set), first met Monroe on assignment for Look magazine. The fashion and portrait photographer became a close friend and business partner as well as one of her most celebrated photographers.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Buckinghamshire (Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1956back to top
Current affairsThe first supermarket opens in Britain. Inspired by the new innovation in America, Jack Cohen opened his first Tesco supermarket in Essex.
The First Clean Air Act is passed in response to the 'Pea Soup' smog over London.
Art and sciencePop Art is seen for the first time in the This is Tomorrow exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition included Richard Hamilton's iconic collage: What is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?
John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger opens at the Royal Court Theatre, introducing the phrase 'Angry young man' to describe the new movement of gritty, post-war realism in literature.
InternationalThe Suez Crisis rocked Eden's premiership and marked the decline of British world power and influence in favour of America. In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt nationalised the Suez canal. Although Britain and France, who had owned the canal since the 19th century, invaded Egypt, they were soon persuaded to withdraw by US President Eisenhower who disapproved of the occupation.
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