BEST SEX SYMBOL
Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”(2011)
An impression of Marilyn Monroe singing the Happy Birthday Song is one of the most trite, overindulged gags in all of comedy. Imitating Johnny Carson or Bill Clinton might be more fresh at this point. But the breathy syllables and puckered fish lips has been the equivalent of every Marilyn Monroe depiction since her death in 1962.
Michelle Williams changed all that in “My Week with Marilyn” in a far more intuitive, caricature-free approach to the fragile inner workings of Norma Jeane Mortenson. Set abroad in the duplicitous final days of her marriage to Arthur Miller, Williams shows the damaged Monroe struggling to manage her public bombshell facade while battling a career meltdown on the set of “The Prince and The Showgirl.” Under seige from an insatiable paparazzi, the leering gaze of an equally famous co-star (Laurence Olivier), and a floundering relationship, we see the girlish spirit spiraling into the pills and anxiety which would prematurely end her movie star incandenscence.