A Quick Study: Michelle as Marilyn in a J.Crew cashmere cardigan and wool houndstooth capris. Photo by Annie Leibovitz.
Actress Michelle Williams channeled Marilyn Monroe in an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot for Vogue. Williams plays the film icon in the upcoming British drama, My Week with Marilyn, based on memoirs of the same name by filmmaker Colin Clark, who documented his time spent with Marilyn and Sir Laurence Olivier on the set of 1957's The Prince and the Showgirl. According to Clark's 2002 obituary in The Independent, he "had a talent for organising as well as flattering temperamental female film stars," including Monroe and Vivien Leigh.
An excerpt about Williams' transformation into Marilyn, from the Vogue article, by Adam Green:
Her turn from indie waif to Hollywood sex goddess involved working with a choreographer to perfect Monroe’s walk and gaining weight to approximate her curves. “Unfortunately, it went right to my face,” she says, puffing up her cheeks to illustrate. “So at some point it became a question of, Do I want my face to look like Marilyn Monroe’s or my hips?” (She opted for the former and filled out the latter with foam padding.) In the end, she says, “it felt like being reborn. It felt like breaking my body and remaking it in her image, learning how she walked and talked and held her head. None of that existed in my physical memory, and I knew I needed as much time as possible to make it part of me.”The film, which also stars Kenneth Branagh as Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh, Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark and Dougray Scott as Arthur Miller, will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in October and will be released in the U.S. and UK in November. You can read the rest of the article here.
Photo source: Vogue