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A Bird of Paradise

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on July 7th 2014

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. …

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#AskTheCurator: Starring Vivien Leigh

Posted in - london & photography & vivien leigh
on March 30th 2014

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.

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Clarence Sinclair Bull: The man who shot Gable and Leigh

Posted in - gone with the wind & photography & vivien leigh
on March 16th 2014

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.

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Gertrude Hartley: Making a career of glamour

Posted in - articles
on January 3rd 2014

While helping a good friend sort through some of the vintage magazines in his collection recently, I spotted this unique article in a 1958 issue of the The Tatler & Bystander, a weekly magazine catering mostly to upper-middle class and wealthy British women. It profiles Gertrude Hartley’s Academy of Beauty Culture in Knightsbridge, an institution mentioned several times in Hugo Vickers’ Vivien Leigh biography.

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VivAndLarry.com is an online archive and film blog dedicated to preserving the memories of classic screen and stage stars Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Edited by author Kendra Bean, the site is a cabinet of curiosities brimming with vintage articles, video footage, the largest collection of Vivien Leigh and/or Laurence Olivier photos on the Web, and much, much more. The work done here has led to partnerships with cultural institutions including the BFI, National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria & Albert Museum, and the George Douglas Estate. Updates are made on a regular basis, so pull up a chair and stay a while!

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Paris, Je T’Aime

Posted in - photo essay & photography & travel
on March 22nd 2011

A couple of friends and I decided to spend the weekend in Paris. It was my first time in France, and I went with only three things in mind: visiting Laudree for their famous macaroons, eating lots of cheese, bread and drinking wine, and seeing Oscar Wilde’s grave. Luckily I was travelling …

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  • “When I come into the theatre I get a sense of security. I love an audience. I love people, and I act because I like trying to give pleasure to people.”

    Vivien Leigh
  • “My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself.”

    Laurence Olivier

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