According to executive producer and director Simon Curtis in his DVD commentary, Dame Judi Dench was unavailable for the principal photography period, and her role had to filmed about two weeks before the rest of the production. Throughout the movie, Dench and Michelle Williams are never seen in the same shot, including one in which Dench shakes hands with (seemingly) Williams' hand being extended from off-screen. Adam Recht's deft editing gives the illusion that Williams and Dench were being filmed at the same time.
In 1956, at the height of her career, Marilyn Monroe went to England to make a film with Sir Laurence Olivier. While there she met a young man named Colin Clark, who wrote a diary about the making of the film. This is their true story.
Around the 1 hour 17 min. mark, two close-ups reveal medication bottles next to Marylin's bed. The name of one of them is misspelled "Tunial." The correct spelling is Tuinal, a combination of barbiturates.
$1,750,507 27 November 2011