the oliviers

Merry Christmas from!

The holidays are here!  Snow has blanketed the ground, and everyone is going home or elsewhere for Christmas (or trying to–the airports are closed!).  I’m spending Christmas in Scotland, but before I go, I wanted to leave a little gift to all of the lovely Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier fans out there.

I know updates at have been lacking since this past summer, but hopefully bigger and better things will be happening soon.  As a Christmas gift, here are 20 new photos of Larry and Vivien.  I hope you enjoy them.  Some are quite rare!  Huge thanks to my good friend Mark for sharing some of his amazing collection with me and therefore you as well 🙂

Happy holidays!


Vivien Leigh waves to her fans and photographers in 1946

Vivien Leigh as Titania and Ralph Richardson as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Old Vic, 1938
Vivien Leigh as Titania and Robert Helpmann as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Old Vic, 1938
Vivien Leigh and Robert Helpmann lead a cast party after the opening night of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Old Vic
Caricatures from The Sketch, 1938
The Oliviers at a party thrown by Hugh "Binkie" Beaumont in 1953. Vivien's first social appearance after her nervous breakdown.
Vivien Leigh at a party thrown by Hugh "Binkie" Beaumont in 1953. Her first public appearance after her nervous breakdown.
Swedish magazine Filmjournalen features Vivien on the cover in 1951
Laurence Olivier meets Bob Hope on the Paramount lot in 1950
Vivien Leigh on the cover of a French magazine circa 1955
Vivien circa 1958
Vivien circa 1948
Vivien Leigh publicity photo for That Hamilton Woman, 1941
Larry and Vivien behind the scenes on That Hamilton Woman
Larry and Vivien at the 1940 Academy Awards, Hollywood, CA
Vivien Leigh publicity photo for Gone with the Wind, 1939
Vivie Leigh MGM publicity photo by Laszlo Willinger, 1940
Larry and Vivien light up in 1957
Larry and Vivien on board the Wyoming en route to England, 1950

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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Comments (9)

  1. Hi Kendra
    Thanks so much for the great pictures and a special thanks to Mark for sharing! I wish you both a happy holiday and a wonderful new year. Enjoy your time in Scotland. I hear the mull of kintyre is breathtaking! (If you’re going there!) Congratulations on your successful semester.
    Best wishes

  2. Wonderful pictures!! THANKS you &Mark for sharing. All my gratitude to you for sharing your webpage, text, pictures, post in fb, twitter, tumlbr, your wonderful and dedicated work this year the fans of & the Oliviers, will be waiting for news, travel, school and adventures in London.My best wishes to you, Merry Christmas and very happy New Year, sincerely Bea from south of Chile.

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