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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh is a fantastic portrayal of a Hollywood Sweetheart changed by notoriety and life's obstacles! Must Read!!!

    You would never assume that a London film critic could have such admiration for a famed 1930's actress but Alexander Walkers portrayal of Vivien Leigh is a passionate exploration of how Hollywood could turn a darling into a self-destructive woman. Walker uses personal interviews from family members and professional colleagues to have a realistic view of what turned theatrical success Vivien into a struggling woman with manic-depression, nothing that 1940's publicity could report of her or should I say hide of her. The book is a detailed assessment that charts the beginning of her life growing up in a strict uniform school in England that lead to her long run of success as a screen beauty which in turn lead to a 15 year struggle of physical illness that finally caught up to her in 1967 at the age of 53. The major message of the book is that through travesty and obstacles in life it is important to have self-control, otherwise your inner demons will drown your sanity and you no longer have soundness of mind. I very much enjoyed how Walker focused on some of Vivien's films while mentioning what was going on during her life balancing her on-screen roles and her personal world to show why her performances were either fantastic or peculiar. A dislike of the book is that during her horrid divorce to Lawrence Olivier it mentions various quotes from his autobiography an he was not the kindest divorcey and it felt as though he was painting the same 'insane' portrait of Vivien as the press and not focusing on her extreme talent. You do not need to be a fan of Vivien Leigh to enjoy this book, I know that all I had ever seen of her was Gone with the Wind, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is just like Vivien in the way that they do not conform to societies expectations and rather rebel to leave a lasting impression. If you do happen to read Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh I would also be bold to recommend "Frankly my Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited" by Molly Haskell which gives the in depth and behind the scenes look at the creation of Oscar winning Gone with the Wind and the controversy between the characters, actors and creating the overall film which considerably made Vivien Leigh a household name.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2004

    A gripping and ultimately moving account of the life of a great actress

    BUY THIS BOOK! when i started reading this book, i knew little else about vivien leigh other than she played scarlett to perfection and only she could have played that character. walker's style of narrative suits her life events perfectly.. he starts by zooming in to give a glimpse of a moment when trouble was just starting to surface in her marriage with Larry Olivier, then zooms out and starts about her life from the beginning in India and connects the dots along the way. His insight into her personality - her ambition, drive, charm and self assurance, is gripping and made me feel like I knew Vivien and how she would have felt at xyz points in her life. He seems to get a bit foggy occasionally, when writing about her manic-depressive disorder, but its clear that he put his heart into the book and it shows. Read this book for a detailed account of her independent streak as a child, determination to become an actress, her marriages, her ambittion to play Scarlett o Hara and her understanding of Blanche DuBois, and her relationship with Jack. Though he never puts her on a pedastal or try to hide her flaws, its clear that hes thoroughly fascinated by and in love his subject. One comes off with a strong understand of this passionate, endearing, inspiring and ultimately tragic story of the life of one of the greatest actresses who ever lived.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2002

    Got to LOVE that Vivien Leigh!

    She had a most amazing performance in the spectacular 'Gone with the Wind' and this biography is an exciting story that elaborates on the life of the beautiful actress. I am a huge 'GWTW' fan and was eager to read about my favorite actress. I could not put this book down!! Buy it, read it and pass it along! It's a great book and the photos illustrate her story beautifully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2001

    A good literature.

    This is not just a biography of an actress. It's an objective portrait of a very intelligent woman, who struggles with life and all the success she kept creating for her self. Author really loves and understands his heroine that is why we trust him in his judgment of her. He is very successful in letting us feel what she felt as well as how other people felt about her. This is a good literature, that's why a reader does not have to be the Vivien's or movie fan to enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    A wonderful book

    Vivien has to be the best biography I have ever read. With it's graphic details it clearly explains Vivien Leigh's life with all it's up's and down's and the author makes you feel like she's your best friend. If your a Vivien Leigh fan like me then you really need to read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 1999

    Wonderful!

    This is THE definitive Vivien Leigh book and is a great read for any Leigh fan, it gives great insight into the life and mind of one of the greatest actresses of all time. I enjoyed it very much. The way it was written gave me a sense of getting to know her personally.

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