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Leigh/Olivier Q&A (#3)

Here’s the next vlog installment; you guys always ask amazing questions! Hopefully the answers in these videos are informative! As always, if there was something I answered incorrectly, or wasn’t sure about, and you know the answer, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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Kendra has been the weblady at since 2007. She lives in Yorkshire and is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, and co-author of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies (Running Press). Follow her on Twitter @kendrajbean, Instagram at @vivandlarrygram, or at her official website.

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  1. Thanks again for doing this video Q&A. I always look forward to these. Keep them coming!

    I thought that Larry’s favorite film was “The Entertainer”. I know that he enjoyed taking on such a different role.

    Larry definitely should have done another Hitchcock film (and I wish Vivien did one too). Selznick wanted Larry for the lead role in the Hitchcock-directed “The Paradine Case” (1947). I think that he would have done a great job. I love Gregory Peck, but he just doesn’t fit the bill of an English barrister. Interestingly, Hitchcock thought that Larry was miscast in “Rebecca”. Check out this interesting article:

  2. Was the Entertainer his favorite film, or his favorite role that he played? I assumed something Shakespeare because he did everything and had control over the part and the production.

    I thought Larry did great in Rebecca–but i like the film better than the book, lol.

  3. Yes, I believe you’re right. Larry really did enjoy directing motion pictures.The Shakespeare films were probably his favorite films, while Archie Rice was his favorite role.

  4. Thanks so much for answering my question! I don’t think I knew about her writing articles so that is great. It is a shame there isn’t an autobio but that totally makes sense that people usually write those late in life, never thought of that! And why don’t I own the Vickers bio yet! I need to get on that.

  5. Sylvia–Coco slapped me in the face this morning! Haha. She seems to be doing a lot better since her surgery, thank goodness!

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