Vivien Leigh has been dead for nearly half a century. Yet the lasting legacy of her Oscar-winning performances in Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire have ensured her immortality where many other stars of her generation have faded from memory. And it is not only her film work that continues to enrapture fans generation after generation. Her beauty remains legendary and her passionate and turbulent romance with Sir Laurence Olivier is as fascinating today as it was in her own time.
To celebrate the centenary of her birth in November 2013, film scholar and historian Kendra Bean is currently in the process of pairing in-depth archival research with rare and never-before-published photographs to shed new light on key aspects of Vivien's story, including her long struggle with mental illness. Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait will be the first illustrated photography book to closely examine the fascinating, troubled and often misunderstood life of Vivien Leigh: the woman, the actress, the legend.
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