tv appearances

Laurence Olivier on “Cinema” with Michael Parkinson

Posted in - cinema archive & tv appearances on June 18th 2010 14 Comments

Michael Parkinson, one of Britain’s most famous TV broadcasters and journalists, had a chat series called Parkinson that started in 1971. Prior to this, he hosted Cinema on Granada television, in which he interviewed actors about their film careers. His first star interview was with Laurence Olivier in 1969. The interview was conducted in Olivier’s …

“The Skin of Our Teeth” Starring Vivien Leigh

Posted in - cinema archive & tv appearances on May 6th 2010 11 Comments

In 1959, Vivien Leigh gave her only full-length television performance in a filmed version of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth.  She plays Lily-Sabina Fairweather (often just called Sabina in the play), a character she had made famous nearly 15 years earlier on the London stage.  This adaptation was televised live by Granada Television …

Vivien Leigh on “Small World” with Edward R. Murrow

Posted in - cinema archive & tv appearances on February 27th 2010 4 Comments

Edward R. Murrow’s television program Small World aired in 1958 and 1959. The show operated as a forum in which a handful of famous people talked about certain topics. This episode, featuring Vivien Leigh, Sam Goldwyn, and Kenneth Tynan, aired on December 28, 1958. I find this amazing bit of TV history …