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Library Journal12/01/2013 Coinciding with Vivien Leigh's 100th birthday anniversary, film historian Bean's well-researched look at the beloved actress contains new documents from former husband Laurence Olivier's archives and also many interviews from people who knew her, such as Olivier's son, Tarquin. The photos alone are stunningly beautiful, and many have not been published before. Leigh's iconic roles in Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire are discussed at length, as is her incredible stage career. The actress's 25-year marriage to Olivier and her sad battle with bipolar disorder are also chronicled in this hard-to-put-down biography. Bean offers a fascinating look at one of the most talented and beautiful actresses in Hollywood history.

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Kendra Bean

Kendra Bean has an MA in Film Studies from King's College London. Her writing on Vivien Leigh and film has been published by the British Film Institute, Bright Lights Film Journal, the National Portrait Gallery, Movies Unlimited, and the Cohen Film Collection. She is the founder and editor of www.vivandlarry.com, an online historical archive and blog dedicated to Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, and classic cinema. Kendra currently lives in London and can also be found at kendrabean.com.

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