silver screen starlets take on Toronto

Sometimes, a little glitz & glam is all a girl needs.

Two of the most iconic silver screen starlets are making their mark in Toronto, with the Grace Kelly: from Movie Star to Princess exhibition currently at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and My Week with Marilyn starting advanced screenings this week (read to the end for your chance to win a pair of tickets!).

I had the chance to check out the Grace Kelly exhibit this past weekend with a few ladies from HumberPR. After the most delicious brunch at OB Canteen (did you know: PR girls love Eggs Benny?), we entered into the world of Grace Kelly and were immediately transfixed by her personal letters and pieces from her closet. Oh, did I mention her Oscar is also on display?

My favourite pieces were the original Hermes Kelly bag, Kelly’s jewels and the replica of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. A certain fashionable friend of mine spent the majority of her time at the exhibit staring at the dress.

[photos courtesy of Toronto Life]

The exhibit runs at the TIFF Bell Lightbox until January 22 and is definitely a must-see. It’s the perfect activity for a weekend afternoon with the girls and you may just be inspired to go shopping for some classic additions to your wardrobe when you’re done.

Next up on the starlet tour of Toronto is the release of My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams and Emma Watson, to name a few.

Synopsis: In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott).

Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn – this is the story of that week.  When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

I’m a huge Marilyn Monroe fan so I absolutely can’t wait to see this film. It’s already generated a ton of buzz (even some of the Oscar variety!) and it promises to give a look into the life of the famously troubled starlet.

I’m going to give away the passes to as many people as I can! Leave a comment below to be randomly chosen.

Full disclosure: I’ve just been informed that you are not guaranteed admission with these passes. You will have to arrive early to get in. 

Where: Varsity theatre
When: November 17, 7 p.m.