Silver fox Laurence Olivier photographed by Arnold Weissberger in Chichester, 1962
By and large, yes. She went out of her way to cultivate lasting friendships; she was loyal, thoughtful, and generous. She showered gifts on people, always remembered anniversaries, birthdays, etc., frequently corresponded with fans, threw great parties, and wasn’t discriminatory with the types of people she talked to.
That’s not to say she wasn’t ever a diva or bitchy: Her manic states frequently exhausted and annoyed those close to her. Her bipolar disorder affected her personal life and her career. However, despite all of this, her capacity for friendship and her quality of interestingness made people stick. As her sister-in-law told me, “There was something about her that made you want to be on her side.” Disagreements were usually forgotten, and in the end she was remembered by many as a selfless, generous, albeit mercurial friend.
I found a biography on Vivien and Laurence in Oxfam for £2.99 and these 1946 and 1947 vintage playbooks placed inside of the book, when I got back my boyfriend noticed that they were both signed, talk about a bargain!
That is quite a steal! I bet the person who donated them to the charity shop would shit a brick if they knew what those were actually worth
“One night while watching the stage I heard a dress rustle, and looking round beheld this bewitching Dresden figurine of 18th century Lady Teazle next to me. She saw my look of obvious admiration and smiled at me in her almost shy way as she smoothed the creases of her voluminous skirt. I gasped at the exquisite picture.
Suddenly the magic was shattered. Realising she had forgotten something important, she muttered angrily ‘SHIT!’ and rushed away to fix whatever it was. I grinned at the irony.” (John Barnard)
Thank you so much! It’s been out for almost a year now and is still going strong. Viva la Vivien! :)
Her determination and courage. And the fact that she didn’t let chronic bouts with mental and physical illness, or life’s tragedies destroy her spirit.
I highly doubt it! Unless it was for friends for fun or something. You’re talking about someone who hardly ever showed cleavage in professional photos, let alone having her boobs out.
Vivien had bipolar disorder, which included its fair share of anxiety.
Based on a true story
What a great story Kendra! An absolute must-read!!
If it can make people laugh that’s all that matters!! :D