A Love Worth Fighting For

Posted in - articles & the oliviers on August 5th 2014 3 Comments

What happened to romance in Hollywood?

Oh, I know that love, love, love is shouted from the Beverly Hilltops; that caresses are recorded by scores of news cameras; that people are proclaimed “this way” and “that way” in headline type.

Gertrude Hartley: Making a career of glamour

Posted in - articles on January 3rd 2014 8 Comments Gertrude Hartley Vivien Leigh's mother

While helping a good friend sort through some of the vintage magazines in his collection recently, I spotted this unique article in a 1958 issue of the The Tatler & Bystander, a weekly magazine catering mostly to upper-middle class and wealthy British women. It profiles Gertrude Hartley’s Academy of Beauty Culture in Knightsbridge, an institution mentioned several times in Hugo Vickers’ Vivien Leigh biography.