vivien leigh

A Bird of Paradise

Posted in - vivien leigh on July 7th 2014 10 Comments Vivien Leigh as a gypsy

Vivien Leigh’s death certificate officially lists her date of death as July 8, 1967 (it wasn’t filed until July 10). However, some people (myself included) observe the date on July 7. The discrepancy comes from Vivien’s partner Jack Merivale, who told several Vivien Leigh biographers about returning home from the theatre late on the night of July 7. …

#AskTheCurator: Starring Vivien Leigh

Posted in - london & photography & vivien leigh on March 30th 2014 0 Comments vivien leigh bertram park

Last week, Twitter launched an initiative called #MuseumWeek wherein the denizens of the social media network got virtual tours behind the scenes at some of Europe’s hallowed cultural institutions. I have had the good fortune to team up with Terence Pepper and Clare Freestone to co-curate the Starring Vivien Leigh: A Centenary Celebration, currently on in room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Clarence Sinclair Bull: The man who shot Gable and Leigh

Posted in - gone with the wind & photography & vivien leigh on March 16th 2014 4 Comments Gone With the Wind

A couple of years ago, London’s National Portrait Gallery mounted a major exhibition in partnership with the John Kobal Foundation titled Glamour of the Gods, a photographic retrospective paying tribute to some of the greatest portrait photographers in Hollywood history. Among those included were Laszlo Willinger, George Hurrell, Robert Coburn, and perhaps the greatest of them all, Clarence Sinclair Bull.