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Actress and Icon
This edited volume provides new readings of the life and career of iconic actress Vivien Leigh (1913-67). Written by experts in theatre and film studies and curators from the Victoria and Albert Museum, it uses newly accessible family archives to explore the intensely complex relationship between Leigh's approach to the craft of acting for stage and screen and how she shaped, developed and projected her public persona as one of the most talked about and photographed actresses of her era.
Featuring key contributors from the UK, France and the US, the chapters range from analyses of Leigh's work on stage and screen to her collaborations with designers and photographers, an analysis of her fan base, her interior designs and the 'public ownership' of Leigh's celebrity status during her lifetime and beyond. -- .
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'In an important work offeminist cultural histography, the essays displace earlier approaches to Leighthat see her work as secondary to her personal life and her husband LaurenceOlivier's supposedly superior talent. Insightful chapters explore therelationship between Leigh's public and private personas, her preparatory work,performances and collaborations with French directors.'
Maria Delgado, professor anddirector of research, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University ofLondon, Times Higher Education 'What are you reading?' February 2018 -- .