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Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh Feted by Weinstein Co. (photos)

Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh Feted by Weinstein Co. (photos) 1Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh were guests of honor at a luncheon hosted by Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company to celebrate of the debut of the critically acclaimed film “My Week With Marilyn.”

Williams stars as ’50s sex siren Marilyn Monroe. The film focuses on a week in Marilyn’s life while she was in Britain in 1956, filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” with Sir Laurence Olivier, played by Branagh.

Marilyn escapes for a week with production assistant Colin Clark. They roam the English countryside and form an unusual bond. Clark gets a rare glimpse of Marilyn outside of her sex-siren persona.

Check out the event; click to enlarge.

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Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh were guests of honor at a luncheon hosted by Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company. Photos by Andreas Branch of Patrick McMullan

Guests gathered at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood on Jan. 10 for the outing. The luncheon was attended and honored by many of the founding members of The Actors Studio. Many guests also shared the screen with Monroe in her heyday.

Attendees included New York Philanthropist and Socialite Jean Shafiroff, Actresses Colleen Camp, Dyan Cannon and Frances Fisher and author Frank Cascio. Actresses Jane Seymour, Missy Hargraves, Sean Young, Shana Wall and Susan Blakely joined them.

Actors Harry Hamlin, James Keach, Martin Landau and Michael Nouri rounded out the guest list, with singer Louise Griffiths, Celebrity Hairstylists Natasha Sunshine and Sura Radcliffe and Entertainment Manager Paul Farberman.

Harvey Weinstein introduced the first trailer from the film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the film debuted in theaters in a limited run in October. So far it’s grossed $16 million worldwide, but has generated Oscar buzz for Williams.

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