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Dark star : a biography of Vivien Leigh / Alan Strachan.

By: Strachan, Alan [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2019Description: xxii, 354 pages, 31 plates (black and white) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781788312080; 1788312082.Subject(s): Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967 | Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967 | Actresses -- Great Britain -- Biography | Actresses | Great Britain | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women | PERFORMING ARTS / Film / History & Criticism | BiographyGenre/Form: Biographies. | Biographies. | Biography.DDC classification: 792.028092
Contents:
Prologue -- A child of the Raj -- Hours nearer death -- Young wife and mother -- Enter Olivier -- Altered states -- Printing a legend -- Star-crossed -- Wartime dramas -- From Sabina to Anna -- Down under -- The kindness of strangers -- Two on the Nile -- Crack-up -- Avonside -- At court -- Ending a legend -- Worlds elsewhere -- Last acts -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Facts/false facts.
Summary: 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.Summary: As Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche Du Bois, Vivien Leigh took on some of the most pivotal roles in cinema history-- but was also a talented theatre actress. Strachan covers Leigh's professional and personal lives with previously-unseen sources from her archive that shed new light on her fractious relationship with Laurence Olivier, as well as on the bipolar disorder which so affected her later life and work. -- adapted from jacket
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [325]-339) and index.

Prologue -- A child of the Raj -- Hours nearer death -- Young wife and mother -- Enter Olivier -- Altered states -- Printing a legend -- Star-crossed -- Wartime dramas -- From Sabina to Anna -- Down under -- The kindness of strangers -- Two on the Nile -- Crack-up -- Avonside -- At court -- Ending a legend -- Worlds elsewhere -- Last acts -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Facts/false facts.

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.

As Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche Du Bois, Vivien Leigh took on some of the most pivotal roles in cinema history-- but was also a talented theatre actress. Strachan covers Leigh's professional and personal lives with previously-unseen sources from her archive that shed new light on her fractious relationship with Laurence Olivier, as well as on the bipolar disorder which so affected her later life and work. -- adapted from jacket

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Plates (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgements (p. xii)
  • Prologue (p. xiv)
  • 1 A Child of the Raj (p. 1)
  • 2 Hours Nearer Death (p. 9)
  • 3 Young Wife and Mother (p. 22)
  • 4 Enter Olivier (p. 41)
  • 5 Altered States (p. 57)
  • 6 Printing a Legend (p. 71)
  • 7 Star-Crossed (p. 92)
  • 8 Wartime Dramas (p. 103)
  • 9 From Sabina to Anna (p. 118)
  • 10 Down Under (p. 133)
  • 11 The Kindness of Strangers (p. 148)
  • 12 Two on the Nile (p. 170)
  • 13 Crack-Up (p. 187)
  • 14 Avonside (p. 210)
  • 15 At Court (p. 233)
  • 16 Ending a Legend (p. 254)
  • 17 Worlds Elsewhere (p. 274)
  • 18 Last Acts (p. 292)
  • Epilogue (p. 310)
  • Appendix Facts/False Facts (p. 316)
  • Notes on Sources (p. 325)
  • Select Bibliography (p. 336)
  • Index (p. 340)