Isn’t it nice to know that, a full year after the hubbub of Vivien Leigh’s centenary, her contributions to popular culture are still being celebrated? Because that’s exactly what’s happening in England next month.Read more »
A review of Ruth’s Journey, the authorised story of Mammy from Gone With the Wind by Donald McCaig (Atria Books, 2014)Read more »
Costume designer Bob Mackie tells Warner Bros. how Gone With the Wind influenced his career.Read more »
What happened to romance in Hollywood?
Oh, I know that love, love, love is shouted from the Beverly Hilltops; that caresses are recorded by scores of news cameras; that people are proclaimed “this way” and “that way” in headline type.Read more »
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. …Read more »
Back in February I was invited to give a lecture on Vivien Leigh for a symposium highlighting the recently acquired Vivien Leigh Archive at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Curators Keith Lodwick and Kate Dorney spoke about censorship and A Streetcar Named Desire, and scholar/author Helen Taylor gave a wonderful presentation …Read more »
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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One of the most commonly asked questions that I receive on this site is from people who are travelling to London and want to do some unique sight-seeing.Read more »
In the spring of 1944, Vivien Leigh accompanied Hungarian director Gabriel Pascal to playwright George Bernard Shaw’s home in Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire.Read more »
It’s officially spring, but winter still reigns in England. With freezing temperatures and even snow on occasion, it hasn’t been a very pleasant time to be outside. However, I recently treated myself to a new camera lens and was eager to try it out. As I was going to visit …Read more »
I know I said no new blog posts until I’ve handed in my dissertation. I lied. In desperate need of a break and a respite from writer’s block, my friend Sammi and I decided to hop a train to Devon to visit the fabled Topsham Museum. I say “fabled” because I’ve …Read more »
I woke up this morning with every intention of going to the library and studying. Instead, Sammi Steward and I took an impromptu trip to Sussex to snap some photos of Vivien Leigh’s final resting place. The weather was perfect: 65 degrees and sunny. What better thing to do on a sunny spring afternoon than go to the countryside?Read more »
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 …Read more »
“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.”
“My stage successes have provided me with the greatest moments outside myself, my film successes the best moments, professionally, within myself.”