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Vivien Leigh: The Last Sitting

Posted in - photography, vivien leigh on September 19th 2011 15 Comments

Vivien Leigh by Angus McBean

Vivien Leigh by Angus McBean

Vivien Leigh by Angus McBean

Four original Angus McBean portraits from the last sitting he did with Vivien Leigh in 1965. They’re all signed and dated, and I only recall one of them from the book Vivien: A Love Affair in Camera. The others are new to me. As you know, McBean was Vivien’s “official” photographer and snapped her numerous times throughout her career for the stage and general fashion shots. I purchased this set today from a very nice collector here in London who has worked on several famous documentaries, including the Emmy-winning Laurence Olivier: A Life. Aren’t they fantastic? The detail is so sharp when looking at them in person and you can tell where touch-ups were made. These are real treasures, I’m so happy and honored to add them to my collection!

As of now (15) people have had something to say...

  • Marissa - Reply

    September 20, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Wow what a find! They are beautiful! I recognize only one of them from the book, as well. That’s so cool that the collector you got them from worked on the Olivier documentary!

    • Kendra - Reply

      September 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

      yeah, I thought so, too! He’s worked on quite a few popular documentaries, it seems! I love these pictures!

  • sylwia - Reply

    September 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

    They’re beautiful!! Oh Kendra, I wish I could see your collection :D

    • Kendra - Reply

      September 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

      I’m actually selling part of it right now! But you can see some of my favorite things if you click on the “collecta-belle” tag!

  • Emily - Reply

    September 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Close-ups of these, please!!! You need a whole album dedicated to your collection!

    • Kendra - Reply

      September 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

      :) We’ll see

  • gardenboy - Reply

    September 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    What a find,well done for tracking them down.All you need to do now is to put a Mc in front of your own name and you can carry on as ‘photographer to the stars!!!’…

    • Kendra - Reply

      September 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Haha, I was thinking how similar our last names are!

  • Klara - Reply

    September 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    are these photographs available anywhere in a downloadable high resolution format? i wish i could see all the details. they’re really beautyful. would you like post your complete collection maybe in the future? i’m sure a lot of us were glad to see it;)

    • Kendra - Reply

      September 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

      No, they aren’t, sorry. I used to have most of my collection in picture form on the site a few years ago, but decided to take it down. However, many of my magazines and photos can be found in the site gallery, nd clicking on the “collecta-belle” tag will take you to some entries about my favorite items. :) Also, I was recently features over at Clara’s If I Had To Pick 4 series.

  • Jazz - Reply

    September 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    They look wonderful, you’re extremely lucky to have those in your collection.

    • Kendra - Reply

      September 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks :)

  • gardenboy - Reply

    September 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I’m a little confused,the photo’s you have acquired are dated 1965.The last shots McBean took of Vivien were those for A ‘Delicate Balance’ just a few weeks before her death a couple of years later.Do you think he might have confused the dates or are these from an altogther different sitting??…

    • Kendra - Reply

      September 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      They’re from the same sitting, but I can think of two things: either he mixed up the dates when he wrote his book, or someone else mislabeled the photos later

  • gardenboy - Reply

    January 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I’m pleased to say that I picked up one of these on ebay last year!!
    I cannot begin to say what a kick it gives me to have an signed Angus McBean photo of Vivien ….It don’t get much better..!!

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