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OLIVIER, Laurence & LEIGH, Vivien]; BARKER, Felix.

The Oliviers,

A Biography by...

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London, Hamish Hamilton, 1953

The Hollywood love story of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier is legendary. They met after one of the actress's stage performances in 'The Mask of Virtue' in London in 1936. Olivier, 28, stopped by to congratulate the rising star, then in her early 20s, on her performance. Though Olivier was married to actress Jill Esmond at the time and Leigh was also married with a child, the pair took an immediate liking to one another.

In 1939, Olivier was filming the adaptation of Wuthering Heights, leaving Leigh behind in England, where she began to show the first signs of a lifelong mental illness, now known as Bipolar disorder. By 1949, the marriage was faultering but both continued with their careers, with Leigh cast as Blanche DuBois in a West End production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. It was a huge success and Leigh went on to portray DuBois in

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First edition; 8vo; monochrome portrait frontispiece signed by Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, numerous monochrome plates from photographs, mild peripheral spotting to preliminary and terminal leaves, mostly to the plain endpapers; publisher's maroon cloth, slight dust-soiling, pictorial dust-jacket, chipped and creased at extremities, three short, closed tears but in the main, a rare survival.


Stock ID:105004

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