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N provides a completely new full life portrait of Leigh covering both her professional and personal life Using previously unseen sources from her archive recently acuired 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 dis 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 momentanyway 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 theatre as well personally i would one day love to see a book dedicated to her theatrical careersome of the albeit few criticisms of this biograph is that sometimes the discussion of olivier overshadows that of vivien and that i agree with despite the fact he undoubtedly played an important role in her life however strachan nevertheless presents vivien as an eually if not so in my opinion proficient actress IN HER OWN RIGHTi only minorly disagree on the author's opinion of her 1960s film performances two of her best everi believe but this is just opinion however overall i highly commend this biography Planetary Forces, Alchemy and Healing provides a completely new full life The Shepherds Bush Murders portrait of Leigh covering both her Red Centre (Alpha Force, professional and Midnight Storm (The Warriors, personal life Using Heiresses previously unseen sources from her archive recently acuired 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 dis oh my god it only took me a week or so to read this because it was impossible for me to The Major Works put this down at any momentanyway 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 A Dirty War 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 theatre as well Blood Money (Alpha Force, personally i would one day love to see a book dedicated to her theatrical careersome of the albeit few criticisms of this biograph is that sometimes the discussion of olivier overshadows that of vivien and that i agree with despite the fact he undoubtedly Sid James played an important role in her life however strachan nevertheless Succubus T06 Succubus Revealed presents vivien as an eually if not so in my opinion Snow Dog proficient actress IN HER OWN RIGHTi only minorly disagree on the author's opinion of her 1960s film Girl Seven (London Underground, performances two of her best everi believe but this is just opinion however overall i highly commend this biography

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Order 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 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 uotes 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 Leigh Holman However that said nothing seemed to me to be any new revelation or information that hadn't been touched on The opinions and uotes from the various people in Vivien's life were probably the most interesting part of the book though One thing I did notice that was different and updated was of an explanation about Bipolar which Vivien Leigh suffered from The book doesn't go into as much detail about her episodes as other books that I have read The author of this book is himself a theater person so there was a lot of detail about the plays and performances that Leigh Olivier and sometimes other actors performed in and where That for me got to be a little tedious as I am not a theater person and was largely unfamiliar with many of the plays I have some knowledge of who the famous actors and actresses were from that time period but again was unfamiliar with many This made the book a bit of a slog for me because of my lack of knowledgeI was disappointed in how few photographs were included in the book I have read many books on the life of Vivien Leigh so I was surprised that photographs weren't included I found that a book that I own called Vivien Leigh An Intimate Portrait by Kendra Bean to be a great resource because I could look up photographs of the various time periods in Vivien's life that I was reading about since it has many photos from her entire life Girl Seven (London Underground, providing glimpses behind the scenes of the filming of Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire this book The Happiness Purpose provides the essential and comprehensive life story of one of the twentieth century's greatest actresses 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 A Candle For The Devil public There were many uotes throughout the book from them and many different Second Helpings of Roast Chicken people associated with the two and a few from Suzanne Holman who was Leigh's daughter from her first marriage to Leigh Holman However that said nothing seemed to me to be any new revelation or information that hadn't been touched on The opinions and uotes from the various The Magic Potions Shop people in Vivien's life were Reckless Karma (Sinners & Saints, probably the most interesting A Girl Called Dog part of the book though One thing I did notice that was different and updated was of an explanation about Bipolar which Vivien Leigh suffered from The book doesn't go into as much detail about her episodes as other books that I have read The author of this book is himself a theater Ashamed person so there was a lot of detail about the A Jealous Ghost plays and A Liverpool Lass performances that Leigh Olivier and sometimes other actors Women and the National Experience performed in and where That for me got to be a little tedious as I am not a theater An Unsuitable Duchess person and was largely unfamiliar with many of the Monsieur Proust plays I have some knowledge of who the famous actors and actresses were from that time Hummelhonung period but again was unfamiliar with many This made the book a bit of a slog for me because of my lack of knowledgeI was disappointed in how few Old Yukon photographs were included in the book I have read many books on the life of Vivien Leigh so I was surprised that Making As in College photographs weren't included I found that a book that I own called Vivien Leigh An Intimate Portrait by Kendra Bean to be a great resource because I could look up Angel of Brooklyn photographs of the various time Seve periods in Vivien's life that I was reading about since it has many The Tower photos from her entire life

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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 Stracha 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 uite 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 eual 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 struggle with manic depression he also corrects errors made by previous authors and some of the outlandish rumours that have surfaced in recent years Not being an expert on the subject I can't say how much of this book will be new to fans But for me the latter part was especially gripping and gave me a new respect for how Leigh survived the loss of her great love and emotional breakdowns and managed to get her life and career back on track against daunting odds African Nights perhaps the most iconic actress of the twentieth century As Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche Du Bois she took on some of the most Kings pivotal roles in cinema history Yet she was also a talented theatre actress with West End and Broadway Doctor Who plaudits to her name In this ground breaking new biography Alan Stracha 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 An Affair with My Mother private life She also died uite 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 Peppa Pig 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 Dot.Homme places eual 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 struggle with manic depression he also corrects errors made by The West (3rd Edition) previous authors and some of the outlandish rumours that have surfaced in recent years Not being an expert on the subject I can't say how much of this book will be new to fans But for me the latter The Maddest Idea (Revolution at Sea part was especially gripping and gave me a new respect for how Leigh survived the loss of her great love and emotional breakdowns and managed to get her life and career back on track against daunting odds


10 thoughts on “Dark Star

  1. 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 uite 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 eual 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 struggle with manic depression he also corrects errors made by previous authors and some of the outlandish rumours that have surfaced in recent years Not being an expert on the subject I can't say how much of this book will be new to fans But for me the latter part was especially gripping and gave me a new respect for how Leigh survived the loss of her great love and emotional breakdowns and managed to get her life and career back on track against daunting odds


  2. says:

    This one was well worth spending my reading time with


  3. 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 extendedly explainedThe author tries to give a larger context of her work analysing aspects that are normally overlooked like technical details of the films and plays cinematography costumes decors etcProbably as the author is deeply involved in the theatrical world he produced views and opinions of the old plays like a direct witness For me it's difficult to assess his comments and the uality of the plays that no one living today has ever had a chance to see But sometimes the story is overcrowded with many names of people and their personal history that are marginal to the main story and make it hard to follow These are also moments when the writing style otherwise agreeable gets lost among too many parentheses On the other hand there are many things that are missing like Vivien's views on her characters her favourite roles her ambivalent attitude towards Scarlett her defending of Blanche her understanding of Anna Karenina her approach to acting etc opinions of her co stars directors etcSometimes the outside view on her career should have given space to the inside one voiced by the people directly involved instead of the objective film reviewer perspective Because of this some films get less space of development and are treated superficially as the author lets it be known that they are not his favourites for example Roman Spring and Ship of FoolsOn the personal life side the author tried to explain the relationships from their different points of view of the characters involved and their personal history heritageThere are little things that I've read for the first time a bit of Gertrude and her take on Vivien's illness a bit of Suzanne and her care and concern for her mother's life Also reproducing statements from her doctor give a complete view as do the fragments from previous drafts of Larry's ConfessionsIn my opinion the research didn't exhaust all possible sources and it fails to produce Vivien's personal point of view Not much of Vivien's voice is heard since the information from her diaries is of a telegraphic nature got married had a baby left with Larry lost a baby Probably a in depth view in other people's archives and other sources would have produced better results like when the author did uote from letters Vivien addressed to Noel Coward and Taruin Olivier for example that do state her thoughts and feelings in a less laconic style of writingAnd finally the book shows an odd choice of photographs as if the author remembered at the last minute before publication that he should include some Especially intriguing is the fact that among so few photos one of Kenneth Tynan found its place Otherwise Tynan's place and his negative role in Vivien's life and career is well proven in the text of the book I didn't feel the need to put a face on one of Vivien's demons and waste that space on the page On the whole it is a good enough book a serious biography that incorporates many of the good sources from previously published books with a few extra things from the new sources availableOn the career side the voice of the film theatre reviewer is too obvious and overshadows the voice of the people directly involvedOn the personal side the author tries to give space to the characters their thoughts enveloped in pertinent explanations from an outside point of view


  4. says:

    This book was absolutely fascinating I spent a lot time reading it than I had anticipated but it was just one of those books that I really enjoyed taking my time with and really digesting everything I enjoyed that there was a lot focus on her childhood and early years than other biographies I've read although it did break my heart to read about how devastatingly lonely a childhood it was she was taken to school at age six and wouldn't see her parents for at least two years and how this affected her for the rest of her life she suffered from a major abandonment issue and didn't do well when alone And the I read about Leigh Holman the I like him; he seemed like the nicest guy and it makes me really happy that he was essentially her best friend throughout her life and had no hard feelings toward her Same with her daughter Suzanne who like her father never had any ill will toward Vivien although she'd have been than justified In fact it was staggering to me to read just how much this woman was loved and it was because she was a genuinely kind person It absolutely floored me to read that Jill Esmond the first Mrs Laurence Olivier who was left with his child once Vivien came into Olivier's life was in attendance at Vivien's funeral wanting to wish her godspeed and show there were no hard feelings Strachan does mention that while her friendliness and kindness might have developed in school as a way of receiving affection by all accounts it truly was genuine Naturally there is a great chunk of the book dedicated to Laurence Olivier and their relationship personal and professional I like that it doesn't take any one side as to why their relationship fell apart; it acknowledges that they were the loves of each other's lives mistakes were made on both their parts and the whole affair was much complicated than a lot of people expect Strachan handles her struggles with Manic Depression respectfully throughout When he writes about its horrifying manifestations he does so factually and honestly but never gossipy or scandalously Probably my favorite part of the book is Strachan putting to rest any romantic notion that Vivien post Olivier was some sad victim who died of a broken heart She absolutely got knocked around by life but she was never a victim ever She refused to be kept down She was an absolute lioness He writes To portray Vivien as a doomed romantic heroine with Olivier cast as another dark and riven soul is to blur not only her personality but also a considered focus on a seriously impressive body of work I love that


  5. says:

    Well written thoroughly researched and documented this biography even has a chapter after the epilogue to explain why certain claims made in other biographies of Vivien Leigh and her longtime husband Laurence Olivier do not appear in the main text It's fascinating because she seems to have known or worked with everyone from Noel Coward and Tennessee Williams to Katherine Hepburn and Patrick Stewart


  6. 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 momentanyway 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 theatre as well personally i would one day love to see a book dedicated to her theatrical careersome of the albeit few criticisms of this biograph is that sometimes the discussion of olivier overshadows that of vivien and that i agree with despite the fact he undoubtedly played an important role in her life however strachan nevertheless presents vivien as an eually if not so in my opinion proficient actress IN HER OWN RIGHTi only minorly disagree on the author's opinion of her 1960s film performances two of her best everi believe but this is just opinion however overall i highly commend this biography


  7. says:

    What a heartening find on the final paragraph a Robert Louis Stevenson extract that the author says Vivien Leigh uoted in her commonplace book 'Give us courage and gaiety and the uiet mind strength to encounter that which is to come that we may be brave in peril constant in tribulation temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death loyal and loving one to the other' Wise kind and timely pleas


  8. says:

    What are three words that to me best describe Vivien LeighInspirational in spite of two life hampering illnesses she accomplished soso much in her short life and careerCourageous no matter what life threw at her which manic depressive episode was lying in wait for her she nearly always bounced back until TB killed herVersatile Scarlett O'Hara Oscar Blanche DuBois Oscar Cleopatra Antigone Ophelia Titania Tatiana Tony for Tovarich a Musical Anna Petrova Marguerite Gautier Lavinia Viola and her Lady MacBeth was said to have been phenomenal except not by Kenneth Tynan of course What WAS it with him?BTW TRAGIC is not a word I would use to describe her life after reading this book unlike many of the other biographies about her I've read or seenWhat I would like to do after reading this book is to read it again as soon as possible That is how enjoyable Strachan's biography is Edwards Walker Lasky Jr accounts in Kanin Hepburn books too this one is the best biography about Vivien Leigh I have ever read She was a fascinating woman This book really brings it outStrachan was the first biographer with full access to her archives through VA kudos to them for meticulously compiling everything but he is an extremely competent writer to boot Other reviewers have complained about the emphasis on her stage work well that stage work is an important part of her career and her life His knowledge of some of the backstory of British stage enhances the telling of the Olivier part in it Olivier does not come off here well at all Strachan attempted to be fair to him but too much of what Olivier did and said reflected his essential lifelong selfishness After hurting Leigh multiple times by emphasizing how happy Joan Plowright made him he later embarked on yet another long time affair in the 60s which could have ruined that final marriage Her companion during her last years was concerned with her health and well being than Olivier her ex in a 20 year marriage that really was brought out Olivier seemed largely distracted with his own issues during most of her health related crises I understand totally after reading Strachan's book the meaning of Katharine Hepburn's uote Large actor small man That Olivier dominated Leigh's professional life to such an extent with her compliance makes me wonder what her career would have been like without him Claire Bloom's uote about Laurence Olivier's influence on her career was spot on That she voluntarily submitted to EDC or shock treatments to help with her manic depression just blows my mind she actually felt they helped shake things into place just wow And to continue to stretch herself professionally breakdown after breakdown courageous Strachan was lucky enough to have seen 3 of her stage performances including her Tony Award winning one in Tovarich It is a shame her Lady MacBeth performance was not captured for posterity somehowFinally on a personal note Vivien Leigh loved her trips to the US Chicago and Washington DC were particular favorites which pleases me no end She found wonderful sounding places to live Notley Abbey Tickerage Mill Italy for multiple long vacations Greece etc She really attracted and appreciated beauty in people places plant life inanimate objectsI really liked this book well written and edited a stellar effort 5 Stars


  9. 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 uotes 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 Leigh Holman However that said nothing seemed to me to be any new revelation or information that hadn't been touched on The opinions and uotes from the various people in Vivien's life were probably the most interesting part of the book though One thing I did notice that was different and updated was of an explanation about Bipolar which Vivien Leigh suffered from The book doesn't go into as much detail about her episodes as other books that I have read The author of this book is himself a theater person so there was a lot of detail about the plays and performances that Leigh Olivier and sometimes other actors performed in and where That for me got to be a little tedious as I am not a theater person and was largely unfamiliar with many of the plays I have some knowledge of who the famous actors and actresses were from that time period but again was unfamiliar with many This made the book a bit of a slog for me because of my lack of knowledgeI was disappointed in how few photographs were included in the book I have read many books on the life of Vivien Leigh so I was surprised that photographs weren't included I found that a book that I own called Vivien Leigh An Intimate Portrait by Kendra Bean to be a great resource because I could look up photographs of the various time periods in Vivien's life that I was reading about since it has many photos from her entire life


  10. 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 cheerier read after this