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“A “well rounded and entertaining” (New York Times) Hollywood biography about the passionate, turbulent marriage of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
In 1934, a friend brought fledgling actress Vivien Leigh to see Theatre Royal, where she would first lay eyes on Laurence Olivier in his brilliant performance as Anthony Cavendish. That night, she confided to a friend, he was the man she was going to marry. There was just one problem: she was already married—and so was he.
TRULY, MADLY is the biography of a marriage, a love affair that still captivates millions, even decades after both actors’ deaths. Vivien and Larry were two of the first truly global celebrities – their fame fueled by the explosive growth of tabloids and television, which helped and hurt them in equal measure. They seemed to have it all and yet, in their own minds, they were doomed, blighted by her long-undiagnosed mental-illness, which transformed their relationship from the stuff of dreams into a living nightmare.
Through new research, including exclusive access to previously unpublished correspondence and interviews with their friends and family, author Stephen Galloway takes readers on a bewitching journey. He brilliantly studies their tempestuous liaison, one that took place against the backdrop of two world wars, the Golden Age of Hollywood and the upheavals of the 1960s — as they struggled with love, loss and the ultimate agony of their parting.
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (March 22, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- International Standard Book Number-10 : 1538731975
- International Standard Book Number-13 : 978-1538731970
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.5 x 9.38 inches
March 28, 2022
I probably fell into the latter category, so it was a lot to get through for me. It included name-dropping of practically every heavy-duty player in movies or British theater throughout the 20th century. It was interesting to see how Leigh’s mental illness presented itself as the time went by. They truly had a deep love story which is rare!
Overall it is well-researched and very interesting, especially if, as mentioned, you are a super-fan.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.
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Galloway captures who Leigh was before her illness became severe, how it developed and manifested itself, how she and the people around her reacted to it and who she was and all she accomplished knowing she not only had bipolar disorder but tuberculosis, which ultimately killed her. I never would have guessed that she was brilliant, well read and knew several languages, that she was born in India and sent off to a Catholic boarding school in Britain at age six. How she got into acting. I personally forgot how beautiful she was. There are no pictures in the Netgalley version I read but the Internet obliges with plenty of material.
Olivier, too was a complicated man, son of an authoritarian cleric, insecure and competitive, yet well aware of his powerful gift, mercurial and generous. Much alcohol was drunk, many affairs were had. To be together each of them deserted their first born and only children and lived in sin at a time when this was beyond scandalous. In times of great political turmoil, they were disinterested in the details, though did what they could for the war effort. I do not find it unkind that Olivier could not withstand being married to Leigh any longer after years of intense, screaming rage at one another. Even when this is due to illness, it is altruistic and naive to suggest that it is bearable when so much rage is directed at you. However, however however…..
That each of them were interesting, worthy of compassion, talented– one beyond talented, and more is without question. But. I don’t like either of them. Despite the very nicely done, multi-dimensional portraits Galloway gives me in a very well written and incredibly well researched manner, these two were narcissistic, hedonistic, extravagant and never found deep values outside of their narrow theater/film world. This shallowness shines through Galloway’s best efforts. This biography is neither a harsh picture of them, nor a white washed picture of them, but after reading their best and their worst, I’m not impressed and I have a deep tolerance for some of their worst behavior. I just don’t find that their best ever became meaningful outside of their careers. That’s a lot. I just want people to be better, deeper, more outwardly caring than they were. I like to read about people whose values I can admire, who took their talents and successes and used them in part to give back at least prior to becoming too ill to be that person.
Definitely read this book if you are interested in this relationship, their lives and careers. It will be the best you’ve read about Olivier and Leigh and you can assure yourself it as real a version of their story as you can find.
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