54 Eaton Square
SW1W 9AL Nearest tube stops: Victoria and Knightsbridge
54 Eaton Square in Belgravia, Westminster was the flat that was purchased by Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier in the late 1950s. As they were going through a period of estrangement before they actually divorced, Laurence Olivier did not stay here much, but after their split, he continued to pay the rent so Vivien could use it as her home in the city, which she continued to do until her death in 1967.
Vivandlarry.com fan Shiroma from Australia has had the pleasure of visiting the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, CA–the site where the Oliviers were married in 1940. San Ysidro is a very she-she luxury resort today and often attracts A-list celebrities. In the Oliviers’ day, the Ranch was owned by actor Ronald Coleman and his wife Benita. Larry and Vivien, wanting to wed in private and doing their best to keep it from the press, were urged by the Colemans to get married outside of LA. With Katharine Hepburn and Garson kanin in tow, Larry and Vivien drove up to Santa Barbara and were married just after midnight on August 30, 1940. They honeymooned on the Coleman’s yacht out at Catalina, off the coast of Long Beach.
Shiroma now shares her story (and photos) of walking in the Oliviers’ footsteps with vivandlarry.com. Thanks, Shiroma!
And as a side note, Santa Barbara s a beautiful town, and highly recommended for California visitors.