Vivien Leigh: Actress and icon

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This edited volume provides new readings of the life and career of iconic actress Vivien Leigh (1913-67) written by experts from theatre and film studies and curators from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The chapters make extensive use of a range of archival sources in the US and UK, as well as repositioning scholarship on Leigh, as a means of re-examining the public perception and reception of her work.

A number of the chapters explore, in different ways, the intensely complex relationship between Vivien 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.

With key contributors from the UK, France and the US, this is the first collection which re-positions Leigh's career beyond her marriage to Laurence Olivier and her two Oscar-winning performances in Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. Chapters range from analyses of her 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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Illustrations Note:
9 colour illustrations, 47 black & white illustrations
Biography Artist:

Kate Dorney is Senior Lecturer in Theatre & Performance at the University of Manchester

Maggie B. Gale is Professor of Drama at The University of Manchester
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Product Type:
Paperback book
Package Dimensions:
0.238 x 0.168 x 0.022 m; 0.48 kg
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9 colour illustrations
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