Darwin Porter has been fascinated by the Oliviers since his early 20s, when he first began collecting facts and anecdotes during his tenure as an entertainment columnist and bureau chief for Knight Newspapers and The Miami Herald. Darwin sustained a 30-year writing partnership with Stanley Haggart, a Hollywood and London West End insider. Haggart was a companion of the famous British director, Peter Glenville, one of Larry Olivier’s lovers and role models, and one of the hundreds of witnesses whose observations contributed to the percolating stewpot of insights into the motivations of Olivier and Leigh. “Everyone who knew them,” according to Darwin, “had anecdotes and points of view about the Oliviers. The challenge involved compiling them into a coherent overview of their personal histories and what made them tick.” Today, Darwin is one of the most prolific biographers in the world. His portraits of Paul Newman, Howard Hughes, Merv Griffin, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and Michael Jackson have generated widespread reviews and animated radio and blogsite commentaries worldwide. Some of his biographies have been serialized to millions of readers in The Sunday Times of London and The Mail on Sunday. He’s also the co-author, with Danforth Prince, of Blood Moon’s Babylon Series, Volumes One and Two, with others scheduled for release soon. Darwin is also the well-known author of many past and present editions of The Frommer Guides (including the series’ guides to London, England, Scotland, and Wales), a respected travel guidebook series presently administered by John Wiley & Sons Publishers. When he’s not traveling, Darwin lives with a menagerie of once-abandoned pets in a Victorian house in one of the outer boroughs of New York City.
Known in theatrical and film circles in both Hollywood and London, Roy Moseley is a distinguished biographer, having collaborated on best-selling books about Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Merle Oberon, and Cary Grant. He also wrote the first major biography ever published of Sir Rex Harrison, and an intimate memoir of his intimate, decades-long association with Bette Davis. For years, he was a close friend and confidant of Lord and Lady Olivier, sharing their secrets, tragedies, and triumphs. Much of the heretofore unpublished information he learned over his decades within their orbit is shared in this biography of the legendary pair, whose glamour and talent stunned the world. An internationally recognized movie, television, and theater journalist, Roy has also known some of the major figures associated with the Oliviers, including Sir Noël Coward, Sir John Gielgud, and dozens of other luminaries of London’s West End and the Hollywood Hills. Today, Roy lives and works in Los Angeles.