Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh

Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh

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. In this ground-breaking new biography, Alan Strachan provides a completely new full-life portrait of Leigh, covering both her professional and personal life. Using previously-unseen sources from her archive, recently acquired by the V&A, he sheds new light on her fractious relationship with Laurence Olivier, based on their letters and diaries, as well as on the bipolar disorder which so affected her later life and work. Revealing new aspects of her early life as well as providing glimpses behind-the-scenes of the filming of "Gone with the Wind" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," this book provides the essential and comprehensive life-story of one of the twentieth century's greatest actresses.

Title:Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh
ISBN:9781788312080

    Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh Reviews

  • Tara

    Thanks to her unforgettable roles in Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire, Vivien Leigh is an enduring icon of the twentieth century. Nonetheless, her talent and achievements have often bee...

  • Saturday's Child

    This one was well worth spending my reading time with....

  • Kendra Bean

    I reviewed the book at vivandlarry.com —http://vivandlarry.com/books/book-cor......

  • Isabelle

    oh, my god. it only took me a week or so to read this because it was impossible for me to put this down at any moment!anyway, as someone who has been a fan of vivien leigh for a while, i was initially...

  • Irene Xandra

    It is a biography that takes advantage of numerous previously published sources and of the research in the Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier archives. It covers both the professional activity and the ...

  • Alexandra the Great

    This book was absolutely fascinating. I spent a lot more time reading it than I had anticipated, but it was just one of those books that I really enjoyed taking my time with and really digesting every...

  • Amy

    This book Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh was supposed to have a lot of "new" information with regard to letters between Vivien and Laurence Olivier that had been recently released to the publi...

  • Emma Cannon

    Fascinating book. Access to the Vivien Leigh Archive means there is new research and addresses some of the rumours and stories that are factually incorrect. A multilayered biography of a complex and t...

  • Cari Dummett

    Best biography of Vivien Leigh that I have read. ...