I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who reblogged the information and signed up to register your interest in my photography book project, Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait (I sent out a mail merge but not sure it reached everyone - tricky Google docs!). Your support has been extremely instrumental in allowing me to prove that there is still great interest in the life and work of the fascinating Vivien Leigh.
I am extremely happy to say that the book will be published by Running Press in October of this year to coincide with Vivien’s 100th birthday, and that it is now available for pre-order on Amazon
(UK customers can order it here
Vivien Leigh’s mystique was a combination of staggering beauty, glamour, romance, and genuine talent displayed in her Oscar-winning performances in Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. For more than thirty years, her name alone sold out theaters and cinemas the world over, and she inspired many of the greatest visionaries of her time: Laurence Olivier loved her; Winston Churchill praised her; Christian Dior dressed her.
Through both an in-depth narrative and a stunning array of photos, Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait presents the personal story of one of the most celebrated women of the twentieth century, an engrossing tale of success, struggles, and triumphs. It chronicles Leigh’s journey from her birth in India to prominence in British film, winning the most-coveted role in Hollywood history, her celebrated love affair with Laurence Olivier, through to her untimely death at age fifty-three in 1967.
Author Kendra Bean is the first Vivien Leigh biographer to delve into the Laurence Olivier Archives, where an invaluable collection of personal letters and documents ranging from interview transcripts to film contracts to medical records shed new insight on Leigh’s story. Illustrated by hundreds of rare and never-before-published images, including those by Leigh’s “official” photographer, Angus McBean, Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait is the first illustrated biography to closely examine the fascinating, troubled, and often misunderstood life of Vivien Leigh: the woman, the actress, the legend.
This book has been a labor of love spanning five years from conception to completion and I could not be more pleased with the end result. I hope you enjoy it, as well. :)
Stay in the know about the book’s release, as well as events scheduled in the US and UK to celebrate Vivien Leigh’s centenary, by following along on Facebook
, and VivAndLarry.com
Thank you again for all of your support!