A few days ago Tania and I saw “My Week With Marilyn,” which stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe. In the film there is a scene in which Monroe, untouchable, unreliable, surrounded by an enabling entourage, tells the PA who has been “Ms. Monroe”-ing her up and down, to call her Marilyn. It’s supposed to be the moment we know he’s broken through (SPOILER ALERT: Eh, you can guess).
Now for many reasons that are covered later, there is no actual “breaking through” with somebody who is aware of and embracing their iconic status. Sure. Still, this simple exchange struck me as interesting.