Let the Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier Appreciation Blogathon Begin!

Vivien leigh and Laurence Olivier Appreciation Blogathon

This is the official Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier Appreciation Blogathon post! Participating bloggers: please include a link back to this post, and don’t forget to send me your post links so I can include them here. A running list of participating posts will be updated throughout this weekend, so watch this space. Let the games begin!

Saturday, July 9

Sunday, July 10

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. If you want to, you can put the link in the “source” box on the tumblr post, or however you want to do it! You can just link back once if that’s easier, as well!

  1. Kendra, I know I am late in sending a post but I have had problems with my blog RomanHoliday and was about to give up.. yet I would be so disappointed not to be able join you somehow.. I have read many of the posts and they are great , it’s like making new friends all at once.
    Since I signed up for the blogathon I have been wondering what particular subject to pick up in relation to Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh ; I’m Italian, not of English native tongue and the Oliviers have always been considered a precious part of great Britain movies and theatre history so I am a bit conscious. But, as a matter of fact, great artists don’t belong to a single nation , they belong to show business history and to their audiences all over the world. I traced my devotion to Laurence Olivier back to my first experiences as a movie addict ; I was still in my teens when I saw “Wuthering Heights” on TV and was so struck with him not only because of his romantic looks but also because of a complete physical and mental thoroughness that is , in my opinion , one of his most outstanding qualities as a performer.
    From that moment on I have been trying to learn as much as I could about Sir Laurence; I saw virtually every movie and every television play he ever starred in, read the many books that have been written on his life and work and so I found out about his marriage to Vivien Leigh and his role as director manager of the National Theatre.
    I do feel that his legacy to future generations trascends by far his greatness as an actor,even if he is among the greatest.: Kean,Garrick, Irving ; he has enhanced the whole profession, created at a great personal sacrifice an institution which is a point of reference for young generations. Often public figures are first submitted to a kind of hero worship . then a gossipy attitude prevails and real accomplishments are almoste forgotton: I wish that in his beloved country memory of him could be more vivid . not touched by attacks that are both envious and mean. His son Tarquin wrote :”no one will replace the splendour that he gave his native land with his genius” And audiences all over the world.

  2. this is my post on one of Vivien’s films

    I promised three movies to review, but considering the fact that the blogathon has ended then my time is up, no? I will still post about the other two movies… but it won’t be for the purpose of this blogathon. Anyways, it was a fun experience participating here; I learned a lot about Viv and Larry from all my research, really I do. Thanks for hosting the blogathon! 🙂

  3. Kendra, we of Team Bartilucci thank you for your praise of our SLEUTH blog post for your wonderful Blogathon; we were delighted to be able to participate!

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