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For Vivien on her birthday

Posted in - vivien leigh on November 5th 2018 14 Comments

105 years ago, in the hill station of Darjeeling, West Bengal, Vivien Leigh came into the world. She’s been gone for over half a century but she continues to inspire people of all ages, from all walks of life. Many are drawn to her work, to her gripping life story, to her valiant battle with mental illness. Through cinematic revivals of classics like Gone With the Wind, and in large part thanks to the Internet, her memory lives on.

I’ve posted many tributes to Vivien here in the past. This year, in honour of her birthday, I’d like to share some previously unpublished photographs from the Kendra Bean Collection. Four are from Vivien’s personal snapshot albums. The other two are transparencies taken on the set of The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. I hope you enjoy! How are you remembering Vivien today?

Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, and pet pekingese at Notley Abbey

Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, and a pekingese at Notley Abbey.

Vivien Leigh and grandson neville Farrington, 1960

Vivien Leigh and grandson Neville Farrington on the set of The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone. Elstree Studios, 1960.

Vivien Leigh with daughter Suzanne and grandson Neville Farrington

Vivien Leigh with her daughter Suzanne and grandson Neville Farrington on the set of The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. Elstree Studios, 1960.

Vivien Leigh and cat New Boy at Notley Abbey

Vivien Leigh and New Boy at Notley Abbey, 1947.

Vivien Leigh plays cricket at Notley Abbey

Vivien Leigh fields a ball during a cricket match on the lawn at Notley Abbey, 1947. Tarquin Olivier watches.

Vivien Leigh at Notley Abbey

Vivien Leigh at Notley Abbey, ca. 1958.


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As of now (14) people have had something to say...

  • Audrey Black - Reply

    November 5, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    These pictures are so lovely with such a natural feel .I love them and thank you

    • Kendra - Reply

      November 5, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      I’m so glad you like them, Audrey!

  • Andy - Reply

    November 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Great photographs, thanks for sharing.
    Ps I bought that book I enquired about recently

    • Kendra - Reply

      November 5, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      I’m glad you like them, and hopefully you’ll enjoy your new book too!

  • Spencer Warren - Reply

    November 5, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    We’re all in your debt as always, Kendra. Thank you.

    • Kendra - Reply

      November 6, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Spencer. I’m glad you enjoy my posts!

  • Hannah S. - Reply

    November 6, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Lovely, Kendra! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Kendra - Reply

      November 6, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the pics!

  • Ryan Taylor - Reply

    November 6, 2018 at 2:27 am

    These are lovely. I especially like photos of Vivien with her cats.

    • Kendra - Reply

      November 6, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      You can’t go wrong with Vivien and her cats <3

  • Karen Cumsky - Reply

    November 6, 2018 at 11:59 am

    These are truly special photos. I think my favorite would have to be the one with Tarquin. Just a great moment captured. Vivien looks naturally beautiful as always – just never think of her as being athletic!
    Thanks for sharing Kendra!

    • Kendra - Reply

      November 6, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you, Karen. I love that photo as well. It’s great to see Vivien relaxed and just *being* amongst her friends and loved ones. Notley was a real idyll.

  • Rhonda - Reply

    November 7, 2018 at 2:37 am

    What a wonderful picture of her with Tarquin! The last photo especially shows how tiny she was – and looks very modern. Thank you for sharing! Love the many sides of Vivien ❤️

    • Kendra - Reply

      November 10, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      I’m so glad you like the photos, Rhonda! I also love the one with her and tarquin. It’s great to see her being active!

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