Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait
By Kendra Bean
Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait takes the reader on a pictorial journey through pages that record events in the life of a movie legend. Vivien Leigh’s talent, beauty and complexity is showcased in Kendra Bean’s biography. A striking collection of photos depict her journey to prominence from the wife of a magistrate in India to a British stage actress to her celebrated Oscar-winning roles in film: Scartlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Street Car Named Desire. The catalyst for her ascent was her love affair with British actor Lawrence Olivier who would become her husband, mentor and collaborator in film and theater productions. History would acknowledge the success of her career despite the physical and mental health issues that would eventually result in her untimely death at age 53.
First-time author Kendra Bean’s lavishly illustrated life of one of stage and screen’s greatest tragic figures was published in time for the centennial of her birth (1913-2013). It is a wonderful tribute to this celebrated star.
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Review by Karen J. Harris, Librarian, Norcross Branch Gwinnett County Public Library