Kendra Bean was born in 1984 in Auburn, California. Although her obsession with cinema began in childhood, she grew up wanting to be a variety of different things, from hair stylist, to professional female soccer player, to marine biologist. It wasn’t until college that she realized she really wanted to be a historian. With this goal in mind, she received a BA in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Irvine in 2006. Four years later, after working as an administrative assistant and doing a variety of internships in various areas of the film industry, Kendra moved overseas to pursue an MA in Film Studies at King’s College London.
In 2007, Kendra founded VivAndLarry.com, a film blog and online archive dedicated to preserving the memories of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, which she continues to edit. She 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 and London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Her first book, Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, was published by Running Press in 2013. She is currently pursuing an MA in Museum Studies at University College London and is involved in several writing projects. Kendra lives in London with her partner in crime Robbie and cat Lulu.