kendra-bean-romePhoto credit: Anthony Uzarowski

Hi, I’m Kendra, a historian, published author, and curator.

In 2007, I founded VivAndLarry.com, a film blog and online archive dedicated to preserving the memories of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, which I continue to edit. I’m is a big fan of bringing history to today’s audiences using social media. This has resulted in partnerships with major organizations such as StudioCanal, Turner Classic Movies, the Cohen Film Collection, the V&A, London’s National Portrait Gallery, and other institutions and archives.

My first book, Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, was published by Running Press in 2013. Upcoming publications include Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies (July 3, 2017), co-written with Anthony Uzarowski, and a chapter in the forthcoming Vivien Leigh: Actress and Icon (Manchester University Press, 2017). The film rights to Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait are currently under option to Natalie Dormer and Main Street Productions.

I have MAs in Film Studies (King’s College London) and Museum Studies (University College London) and currently live with my husband and cat in London, where I work at the Royal London Hospital and St Bart’s Hospital Museums.

For enquiries regarding writing, lectures, etc., please contact my agent, Laura Morris.

Thanks for visiting!