Plus actress explains how Monroe 'seeped into her'
Michelle Williams is to be honoured over her role in My Week With Marilyn.

The actress, who plays screen icon Marilyn Monroe in the new film, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at the 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival at a gala on January 7.

She joins a line of previous recipients including George Clooney and Glenn Close, according to Variety. You can watch a clip from My Week With Marilyn at the top of the page.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner said: “Every generation, the cinema has a few performers who mesmerise audiences with an exceptional blend of talent, versatility and grace. Michelle Williams epitomises these qualities as she continues to accept challenging role after challenging role.

“In her latest work My Week With Marilyn, she perfectly captures the glamour and vulnerability of the iconic Marilyn Monroe who finds respite and solace during a week-long hiatus from Hollywood pressures.”

Speaking recently about portraying Monroe, Williams told USA Today: “I just tried to make her presence gradually and unobtrusively fill my life and my house. I tried to build it, so it didn’t feel like work or study that I had to do, just a slow seeping in. I started to try and mimic what I saw and what I heard privately in my house, and I started to take that little bit out in the world, try something in the post office or the grocery store.”

Williams has been widely tipped for Oscar nomination for the part. My Week With Marilyn opens in the UK on Friday (November 25).