Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait (Hardcover) Book

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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.


  • Author: Kendra Bean
  • Publisher: Running Press
  • ISBN: 9780762450992
Additional Details
Production Year
October 15, 2013
Technical Specs
  • Dimensions: 10.00 H x 8.00 W inches
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 288 Pages
  • Version: Biography & Autobiography
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9 Reviews
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4.2

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Pros

  • Well written (6)
  • Easy to read (5)
  • Informative (5)
  • Deserves multiple readings (4)

Cons

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5.0

A Classic Read

By TCMGem

from Chicago, IL

About Me Casual Reader

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift

    Comments about this product:

    This is a great look inside the life of a movie legend. The book is a wonderful edition to my library. Her story is one of despair, triumph, love and loss.. a complete life.

     
    5.0

    i would buy this product again and again

    By lert the best

    from clearwater,fl

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Gone With The Win
    • Gone With The Win Will
    • I Can Not Stop To Watch
    • My First Selection
    • She Was Very Beautiful
    • Show How Great Of Vivien
    • Very Excellent Actress
    • Vivien Leigh Is My 1star
    • Vivien Movies Are Always
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Appeal Antic
    • Difficult To Follow
    • Disappointing
    • Faceless And Failure
    • Not What I Expected
    • Reconnaissance
    • Reconnoiter And

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Heartshe Was An Super
    • Information Of A Live
    • I Recommend With All My
    • Is An Interrested
    • Life Of Happymiracle
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Special Needs
    • Star Of The World
    • Success And Tragedy
    • That Can Be A Lesson For
    • Vivien Intimate Portrate
    • Vivien Life Is An Unusual
    • Younger Or Older Readers
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about this product:

    I use the book to entertain me.I am very happy,sad I learn the geography of the story.I am very content.That is one way to study the world.Read is the best way to study,i always believe in my mine.

     
    2.0

    Not an airplane book

    By disappointed

    from NY

    About Me Casual Reader

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          I planned to read this book on a plane trip, but instead I found this to be a coffee table book. There were some beautiful photographs, but I have returned this book. Not for me....

           
          4.0

          Beautiful book! Writing suboptimal.

          By Jack

          from Richardson, Texas

          About Me Everyday Reader

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Informative
          • Page-Turner

          Cons

          • Difficult To Follow

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Reference
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about this product:

          This is a beautiful book by itself. Then, add the pics of Vivien Leigh! WOW! The paper is excellent quality. I don't want to touch it without gloves. I find the writing, however, to be somewhat jumpy or "incomplete." Still enjoying it though.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Book Indeed!

          By Ironworker

          from West Virginia, yes we can read.

          About Me Rarely Read

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          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Informative
          • Well Written

          Cons

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            • Gift

            Comments about this product:

            A must for any Vivien Leigh Fan. Fiddle Dee dee!
            I won't worry about reading the book today, I'll just go crazy. I'll read it tomorrow. For Tomorrow is another day. Cue music, roll credits.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect book

            By David

            from Raleigh, NC

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Informative
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Reference

              Comments about this product:

              Gift for my sister...huge fan of Leigh.

               
              5.0

              Great Read and Beautiful Pictures

              By Angie

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Everyday Reader

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              Pros

              • Informative
              • Page-Turner
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Reference

                Comments about this product:

                For anyone interested in Vivian Leigh the person and not just the Scarlett O'Hara character she brought to life this is fantastic.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                WONDERFUL

                By Hannah Elizabeth

                from North Webster, IN

                About Me Bookworm

                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Original
                • Well researched
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Coffee table book
                  • Old Hollywood Fans

                  Comments about this product:

                  Beautiful. In every sense of the word! Well written, well researched, and obviously a labor of love. Kendra has captured the very essence of Vivien Leigh. Her grace, class, kindness, tragedy, triumph and legend. She shows us Vivien in a light we have not seen her shown in any other biography attempt. I thank you, Kendra, from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful tribute to one of the lovliest ladies of all. ♡

                  - Hannah

                   
                  2.0

                  DISAPPOINTING

                  By J.M.

                  from chicago il.

                  About Me Bookworm

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Read

                  Cons

                  • Not What I Expected

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about this product:

                    Remarkable photos but text was very superficial and not that informative or in depth- very disappointng - especially for the price- it is a coffee table book - J.M.

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