- Hardcover: 319 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (June 2, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671224964
- ISBN-13: 978-0671224967
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vivien Leigh A Biography Hardcover – June 2, 1977
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Yet, as this excellent biography by Anne Edwards makes clear, Leigh's life eventually took on a darker tinge. Anyone simply enjoying her high-spirited flirtatiousness at Scarlett's Tara, or her highly-charged scenes with Clark Gable's Rhett Butler,
could never imagine the ultimate sadness of her life.
Like almost any other beautiful woman who's ever been queried on the subject, Leigh did not think herself beautiful. She thought her hands too big, her neck too long, her legs too fat. And though she gave the world superlative performances on stage as Ophelia and Cleopatra, and onscreen in "That Hamilton Woman," and "A Streetcar Named Desire," as well as "Gone With The Wind," she never felt herself to be a good actress.
She also never thought herself worthy of Laurence Olivier, the Prince of English Players, whom she won, as lover and husband, after another long and brilliant campaign and a notorious love affair.
Leigh once spent six hours in a dress-fitting session, insisting the designer hide her "too-long" neck: clearly, she thought she had to be perfect.
She loved Olivier with a passionate, tremulous intensity, and felt their life together must also be perfect. If he was the Prince, then the King of Players,she must be the Queen. So she deprived herself --and us--of numerous film parts, making movies only when she needed the money.Read more ›
She always felt that as a stage actress, she was an inferior talent to her husband Laurence Olivier. However it is generally accepted that Vivien was the far better actress in film than was Olivier. Too bad she never fully appreciated that fact during her lifetime.
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one of my favorite actreeses,,so sad to die so young,,beautiful on and off screen...Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was disappointed in one thing....the book was pictured with a book jacket and it did not come with the book jacket. Slightly disappointing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Illini
Dust jacket was torn but is still a beautiful book lovely pictures insidePublished 20 months ago by linda hetherington