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Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh at Grauman’s Egyptian



A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, 1951, Warner Bros., 122 min. Director Elia Kazan’s powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play made Marlon Brando a household name for his incendiary portrayal of working-class Stanley Kowalski, who collides headlong with fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) when she moves in with him and wife Stella (Kim Hunter), her sister. Introduction by authors Susan Mizruchi (Brando’s Smile) and Kendra Bean (Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait), who will sign their books in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

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The Vivien Leigh Archives

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BFI Southbank, November 12 – V&A curator Keith Lodwick discusses the recent acquisition of the Vivien Leigh Archives.

As well as being a hugely talented actress, Vivien Leigh was also a meticulous record keeper. The Victoria & Albert Museum has recently acquired Leigh’s archive which includes handwritten diaries, extensive personal correspondence, rare photographs, awards and press clippings. In this richly illustrated presentation, V&A curator Keith Lodwick presents a selection of highlights from the archive and shares some of the insights it offers into her life and work.

After Keith’s presentation, he will be joined onstage by Nathalie Morris (Senior Curator, BFI Special Collections) and Kendra Bean (Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait) for a discussion.

Tickets £6

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Lecture @ National Portrait Gallery

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Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait

Actress Vivien Leigh is best known for her Academy Award-winning performances in Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire, her popularity on the post-war British stage, and her twenty-year marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier. Kendra Bean, author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, discusses the fascinating life of this extraordinary star.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, and an opportunity to visit the Vivien Leigh centenary exhibit.

Admission is free, but space is limited and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so make sure you get there early!

Where: National Portrait Gallery Ondaatje Wing Theatre | St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE
When: Thursday, November 28, 1.15 pm