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...

  • Kendra Bean

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

  • 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 ...

  • Saturday's Child

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

  • 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. ...