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Kendra: Writer, film lover, weblady at VivAndLarry.com. Author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait (Running Press).

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danakatherinescullys:

DURHAM COTTAGE, HOME TO LAURENCE OLIVIER AND VIVIEN LEIGH FOR 20 YEARS, IS AT RISK OF BEING DEMOLISHED OR DEVELOPED ON IF IT SELLS AT AUCTION.

Please sign this petition to help us preserve Durham Cottage by having it listed as a Listed Building with English Heritage.
It’s been 9 months since Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait was published and it’s still going strong. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have purchased, read and/or reviewed it. Your support means so much. My heart is full!

It’s been 9 months since Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait was published and it’s still going strong. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have purchased, read and/or reviewed it. Your support means so much. My heart is full!

Calling all Vivien Leigh and/or Laurence Olivier fans, Anglophiles, English people, Londoners:

Durham Cottage, Vivien and Laurence Olivier’s love nest in Chelsea, London, was auctioned off today. As it isn’t a Grade Listed building (it’s old and has obvious historic value, so why it’s not listed is beyond me), it runs the risk of being drastically remodeled, or worse, demolished. 

It may be too late to do anything, but please sign this petition to ask English Heritage to intervene with a temporary grade listing. 

Even if you have no idea who Vivien Leigh or Laurence Olivier were, this building has historical value. Plus, it’s a colorful and quirky gem in a sea of brownstone near the Chelsea Royal Hospital. Please add your name to the list!

Thanks!

- Kendra Bean

Vivien Leigh biographer/Fan

kendrajbean:

In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.
Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)

The most reblogged post on my tumblr. By far. I think it’s because she karate chopped someone in the neck.

kendrajbean:

In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.

Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)

The most reblogged post on my tumblr. By far. I think it’s because she karate chopped someone in the neck.

susanapplegate:

“Suddenly she felt strong and happy. She was not afraid of the darkness or the fog and she knew with a singing in her heart that she would never fear them again. No matter what mists might curl around her in the future, she knew her refuge. She started briskly up the street toward home and the blocks seemed very long. Far, far too long. She caught up her skirts to her knees and began to run lightly. But this time she was not running from fear. She was running because Rhett’s arms were at the end of the street.” -Gone With The Wind.

susanapplegate:

“Suddenly she felt strong and happy. She was not afraid of the darkness or the fog and she knew with a singing in her heart that she would never fear them again. No matter what mists might curl around her in the future, she knew her refuge. She started briskly up the street toward home and the blocks seemed very long. Far, far too long. She caught up her skirts to her knees and began to run lightly. But this time she was not running from fear. She was running because Rhett’s arms were at the end of the street.” -Gone With The Wind.

oddly-weird:

Favorite Movies Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

"It’s so horrible to see your own confusion and understand it."

(Source: , via mabellonghetti)

fuckyeahmodernflapper:

London, traffic jam during thr general strike of 1926.

Victoria Embankment still looks like this during rush hour

fuckyeahmodernflapper:

London, traffic jam during thr general strike of 1926.

Victoria Embankment still looks like this during rush hour

(via backshootingford)

Secrets of the Vivien Leigh Archive: An interview with Keith Lodwick, V&A curator of Theatre and Performance 

Secrets of the Vivien Leigh Archive: An interview with Keith Lodwick, V&A curator of Theatre and Performance 

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