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Take the Vivien Leigh Fan Survey!

Posted in - book news, vivien leigh on August 28th 2015 9 Comments Vivien Leigh fans Australia

Good news: There’s a new book about Vivien Leigh in the works! Vivien Leigh: Actress and Icon will be published by Manchester University Press in 2017 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the actress’ death. Rather than a typical biography, Vivien Leigh: Actress and Icon will be a compilation of essays exploring various facets of Vivien’s life and career (film, theatre, mental health, costume, photography, home life, etc.), with the central hub for research being the Vivien Leigh Archive at the Vicoria & Albert Museum in London.

The contributors will include academics, curators and other experts, several of whom I’ve been lucky enough to meet in recent years and really look up to. To be a part of this group is a tremendous honor. I’ve been asked to write a chapter about Vivien’s relationship with her fans. In addition to looking through archival holdings at the V&A and likely the BL in order to examine this relationship during Vivien’s lifetime, I’d like to explore the ways in which fans relate to Vivien today.

The questionnaire below is part of the research for my chapter. If you’re a fan of Vivien’s, I’d be grateful if you’d take a few minutes to fill it out. I’m looking for stories, rather than simple yes or no answers, so please feel free to be as elaborate as possible.

Thanks in advance for your help with this!

**Disclaimer: By submitting the following form, you agree to the possibility of your answers being selectively edited and/or published.



As of now (9) people have had something to say...

  • Leanne - Reply

    August 28, 2015 at 1:13 am

    What a great idea! Just posted some answers – hope they are detailed enough!

  • Lynn Dean - Reply

    August 28, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Looking forward very much to this new book! So glad for you that you’ve been asked to contribute — but not surprised at all that your input was solicited. :-) Hopefully, my answers to the questionnaire will prove useful.

  • Gemma Boyce - Reply

    August 28, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful website and book. It has been so wonderful to see and read more about Vivien Leigh. A true treasure to British acting and beauty.

  • Blake - Reply

    August 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for letting us take a survey on Vivien. Hope my answers were alright. I cannot wait for this new book to come out!

  • Rebecca - Reply

    September 16, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I am working on my replies for the survey! Hopefully it is not too late. Mine will be detailed.
    I’m excited for you and for us fans about this !!! Wooohooo !!! ;-)

  • Ellie Waters - Reply

    September 17, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I’m not where we were supposed to include our email on the form so I’m posting here just so that you have it in case you need it for follow up. :)

    I am so excited to hear about the new book! I can’t wait.

  • Shelby - Reply

    October 14, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Congratulations on this wonderful opportunity! I love your book. Best of luck to you!

  • Karen - Reply

    December 9, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I just took the survey, I apologize for it being so late probably no help for the book part that you were working on. But I still enjoyed sharing! I love the fact you researched and are a good scholar and such a good writer to keep Vivien relevant and available to all of us, plus new fans. Thank you so much, Kendra!

  • Nicole - Reply

    April 8, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Thank you for all your information. Miss Leigh is and will always be my #1.

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