Originally published, New York: Simon and Schuster; London: W.H.Allen, 1977.
On the anniversary of her th birthday, this book Vivien Leigh An Intimate Portrait by Kendra Bean is quite lovely, offering many new and rare photos (most B&W, several color) of the various life stages of Ms. Leigh, both personal & professional, with accompanying text. She was a stylish woman, and her personal wardrobe was classic and /5(). Vivien Leigh by Hugo Vickers — This book is widely regarded by fans as being the best Vivien biography ever published, and rightly so. This book was carefully researched and tells Vivien. This book me feel for Vivien Leigh, for the battles she fought, the talent that she was, and the life that could have been. flag 1 like Like see review. Terri R rated it liked it. A very good and intelligent story, but I never felt the accounts in the book really matched the excerpts of " her tragic and troubled life 4/5. Winner of the Society for Theatre Research Book Prize Vivien Leigh was perhaps the most iconic actress of the twentieth century. As Scarlett O’Hara and Blanche Du Bois she took on some of the most pivotal roles in cinema history. Yet she was also a talented theatre actress with West End and Broadway plaudits to her name/5(33).
Vivien Leigh may always be remembered as the flirtatious, scheming, Antebellum Southern belle on film; but her personal life reflected a wide variety of personal roles brought out in this interesting biography. If you loved Scarlett or Blance, you'll find Vivien Leigh's life story a good read/5(). A great book, her life from begging to end, all the problems she had with depression, and how her life with Laurence Olivier was, a must read for any Vivien Leigh and Cited by: 1. Hugo Vickers is a writer and broadcaster, who has written biographies of many twentieth century figures, including the Queen Mother, Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough, Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh, a study of Greta Garbo, Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece, and his book, The Private World of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor was illustrated with 4/5. "Vivien" is proof positive that there can be a well-written, well-researched, realistic yet understanding biography of a messed-up star. This book could have been a sordid tangle of tabloid sensationalism, but Alexander Walker carefully crafts it into a Leigh was one of the most memorable actresses of the twentieth century, playing the headstrong Scarlett O' by: 5.
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 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 Pages: At least Vivien Leigh had the excuse of mental illness -- Joan Fontaine just sounds like a natural-born bitch in these excerpts. Which comports with the description of her in ex-husband Brian Aherne's autobiography (an excellent book, reviewed at the link below). This book is a very easy read, with many wonderful photos documenting the life of Vivien Leigh. While this might not be the most in-depth account of Vivien's life (this is the first Vivien Leigh biograpy I have read), it does contain the most important facts, while revealing apsects /5. Vivien Leigh book. Read 79 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Here is an extraordinary complex woman brought vividly to life in this 4/5.