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griruxx:

   “I think it was terribly unfair. People would say to Larry: ‘You are the greatest actor in the world’ and then they would turn to Vivien and say: ‘You are the most beautiful woman in the world’. They never said those words she longed to hear: ‘You are the greatest actress in the world’. She wasn’t the greatest actress in the world but it’s very difficult to nominate a person who is.    She was stupendous in her way - as well as being beautiful. She had the temperament. She didn’t always have the vocal power to reach the back of the gallery. But she did develop her voice and she had intelligence. Larry has always had an actor’s intelligence. He could go to the heart of the play, the heart of a part and dig it out. She had to work much harder at it… Vivien didn’t have that instinct. She had to acquire it.” (Maxine Audley)

griruxx:

   “I think it was terribly unfair. People would say to Larry: ‘You are the greatest actor in the world’ and then they would turn to Vivien and say: ‘You are the most beautiful woman in the world’. They never said those words she longed to hear: ‘You are the greatest actress in the world’. She wasn’t the greatest actress in the world but it’s very difficult to nominate a person who is.
   She was stupendous in her way - as well as being beautiful. She had the temperament. She didn’t always have the vocal power to reach the back of the gallery. But she did develop her voice and she had intelligence. Larry has always had an actor’s intelligence. He could go to the heart of the play, the heart of a part and dig it out. She had to work much harder at it… Vivien didn’t have that instinct. She had to acquire it.” (Maxine Audley)

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griruxx:

   “One night while watching the stage I heard a dress rustle, and looking round beheld this bewitching Dresden figurine of 18th century Lady Teazle next to me. She saw my look of obvious admiration and smiled at me in her almost shy way as she smoothed the creases of her voluminous skirt. I gasped at the exquisite picture.    Suddenly the magic was shattered. Realising she had forgotten something important, she muttered angrily ‘SHIT!’ and rushed away to fix whatever it was. I grinned at the irony.” (John Barnard)

griruxx:

   “One night while watching the stage I heard a dress rustle, and looking round beheld this bewitching Dresden figurine of 18th century Lady Teazle next to me. She saw my look of obvious admiration and smiled at me in her almost shy way as she smoothed the creases of her voluminous skirt. I gasped at the exquisite picture.
   Suddenly the magic was shattered. Realising she had forgotten something important, she muttered angrily ‘SHIT!’ and rushed away to fix whatever it was. I grinned at the irony.” (John Barnard)

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danakatherinescullys:

DURHAM COTTAGE, HOME TO LAURENCE OLIVIER AND VIVIEN LEIGH FOR 20 YEARS, IS AT RISK OF BEING DEMOLISHED OR DEVELOPED ON IF IT SELLS AT AUCTION.

Please sign this petition to help us preserve Durham Cottage by having it listed as a Listed Building with English Heritage.
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kendrajbean:

Calling all Vivien Leigh and/or Laurence Olivier fans, Anglophiles, English people, Londoners:

Durham Cottage, Vivien and Laurence Olivier’s love nest in Chelsea, London, was auctioned off today. As it isn’t a Grade Listed building (it’s old and has obvious historic value, so why it’s not listed is beyond me), it runs the risk of being drastically remodeled, or worse, demolished. 

It may be too late to do anything, but please sign this petition to ask English Heritage to intervene with a temporary grade listing. 

Even if you have no idea who Vivien Leigh or Laurence Olivier were, this building has historical value. Plus, it’s a colorful and quirky gem in a sea of brownstone near the Chelsea Royal Hospital. Please add your name to the list!

Thanks!

- Kendra Bean

Vivien Leigh biographer/Fan

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Vivien’s eyebrow “problem”   “Now take Vivien Leigh. I worked on the first screen test ever shot of her in London. I worked with Alexander Korda on it. After Korda looked at the test, he came to me and said something was crooked on her face. Finally he discovered it was her eyebrows. One was arched and the other straight. 'Why don't you make them both straight?' he wanted to know.   I told him I hadn’t, and I wouldn’t, because the unbalanced brows made her face more interesting. Moreover they were natural. She had a habit of lifting one brow, which arched it. And I wanted it to remain that way. It wasn’t perfection — but it gave her a fine impish quality. Finally Korda agreed.   And between us, don’t you think Vivien Leigh looks all right these days? And those eyebrows are still crooked! Frequently little irregularities like these can be turned into assets.” (Guy Pearce, make-up artist)

Vivien’s eyebrow “problem”

   “Now take Vivien Leigh. I worked on the first screen test ever shot of her in London. I worked with Alexander Korda on it. After Korda looked at the test, he came to me and said something was crooked on her face. Finally he discovered it was her eyebrows. One was arched and the other straight.
'Why don't you make them both straight?' he wanted to know.
   I told him I hadn’t, and I wouldn’t, because the unbalanced brows made her face more interesting. Moreover they were natural. She had a habit of lifting one brow, which arched it. And I wanted it to remain that way. It wasn’t perfection — but it gave her a fine impish quality. Finally Korda agreed.
  And between us, don’t you think Vivien Leigh looks all right these days? And those eyebrows are still crooked! Frequently little irregularities like these can be turned into assets.” (Guy Pearce, make-up artist)

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markadnum:

Olivier & Leigh and the dream of air travel.

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griruxx:

Interviewer: Didn’t the sudden rush of fame and offers that followed Gone With the Wind sweep you off your feet?
Vivien Leigh: “No. Why should it? After all I was 26 and I knew I did not want to be a film star. I had had sudden fame before when I was 19 and in ‘Mask of Virtue’ and if that didn’t affect me then, why should it at 26?”

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