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 VA, 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. Read Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh By Alan Strachan – heartforum.co.uk

Alan Strachan is a noted theatre director Noel Coward, Simon Gray as well as work at the National He is also a writer on acting and contributes most of the theatrical obits to The Independent.


      Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh
 By Alan Strachan IBN : 1788312082 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh
  • Alan Strachan
  • 08 February 2019
  • 1788312082

10 thoughts on “ Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh

  1. Tara says:

    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 been overshadowed by her extraordinary beauty and charm, and her rather turbulent private life She also died quite suddenly, and missed out on the honours afforded to other great English actors This is what the title, Dark Star , refers to and attempts to uncover After Leigh s personal archive was 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 been overshadowed by her extraordinary beauty and charm, and her rather turbulent private life She also died quite suddenly, and missed out on the honours afforded to other great English actors This is what the title, Dark Star , refers to and attempts to uncover After Leigh s personal archive was donated to the VA in 2013, Strachan is the first biographer to have full access to these materials, including her diaries from 1930 67 He is also one of the lucky few to have seen her onstage A director himself, he places equal emphasis on her distinguished career in the theatre as to her movies While not glossing over the tribulations of her marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier, and her heartbreaking...

  2. Saturday& says:

    This one was well worth spending my reading time with.

  3. Kendra Bean says:

    I reviewed the book at vivandlarry.com

  4. Irene Xandra says:

    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 personal life, the latter with an emphasis on her manic depression and her relationship to Laurence Olivier, e...

  5. Isabelle says:

    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 not sure what to expect from this new biography, but am i glad i bought it it is one of the best biographies on vivien i have read so far the other being vivien leigh an intimate portrait it is fresh, it is impeccably researched with new information i had not known of before won t spoil it , 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 not sure what to expect from this new biography, but am i glad i bought it it is one of the best biographies on vivien i have read so far the other being vivien leigh an intimate portrait it is fresh, it is impeccably researched with new information i had not known of before won t spoil it , it covers vivien leigh s mental illness most thoughtfully and above all it rightfully restores and discusses her incredible talent and achievements, not merely in film but in the...

  6. Amy says:

    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 public There were many quotes throughout the book from them, and many different people associated with the two, and a few from Suzanne Holman, who was Leigh s daughter from her first marriage to Lei...

  7. Dominique King says:

    I didn t know much about Vivien Leigh, beyond her playing Scarlett in GWTW and being married once to Laurence Olivier, but it was interesting reading about the rest of her life and careerespecially on stage in live theater She really had an unhappy life for the most part, and it was especially sad reading about her illnesses and relatively early death The book really did bog down at parts, that, and the sadness of her life made it a difficult read It was all right, but I m looking for a I didn t know much about Vivien Leigh, beyond her playing Scarlett in GWTW and being married once to Laurence Olivier, but it was interesting reading about the rest of her life and careerespecially on stage in live theater She really had an unhappy life for the most part, and it was especially sad reading about her illnesses and relative...

  8. Jenny says:

    This feels like a comprehensive autobiography At times a little dry, fastidiously detailing every play and film she was in However, by the end I was glad of that her personal life marriage to Olivier, affairs, and the difficulty o...

  9. Emma& says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 talent woman.

  10. Cari Williams says:

    Best biography of Vivien Leigh that I have read.

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