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  • “Sumptuously illustrated life of one of stage and screen’s greatest tragic figures, published in time for the centennial of her birth…a worthy tribute to an eternally fascinating star.” – Kirkus Reviews
  • “It’s almost 75 years since Vivien Leigh entranced cinema-goers as the beautiful, feisty Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind, but her own turbulent life was almost as dramatic as the film role. Her high-profile marriage to, and divorce from, Laurence Olivier, mental illness and highly successful career are covered in exceptional detail by Bean, who has had access to private letters and documents. This stunningly illustrated book also contains many previously unseen photographs.” – Daily Mail

  • “Vivien Leigh, lavishly illustrated in a new biography…combines archives and interviews to produce a focused picture of the magnetic, complicated actress.” – Los Angeles Times
  • Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait reminds you that she was a complex human being, as we all are, but it also allows us to reflect on the legacy she left behind and to relive those moments through stunning, rare images from a life well lived…A must-have for any fan of the actress.” – Pretty Clever Films
  • “More than an organized compilation of facts, Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait takes its reader wholly into the past and showcases Vivien’s life in an explosion of colorful detail. There’s a quality to the book that could be described as atmospheric, raising the bar not only for how illustrated biographies are presented, but also for how they make us feel. In the case of An Intimate Portrait, a gorgeous and thoughtfully-rendered letter of admiration and affection, the reader can expect to find themselves fully immersed in Vivien’s stratosphere, a passenger in the life of a tremendous woman who left an unprecedented mark on theater, cinema, and the world at large.” – Literary Inklings
  • “Engagingly written, and demonstrating an innate and careful understanding of the famous actress, Kendra Bean’s Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait is a lovely, immensely readable tome filled with genuine heart and the utmost respect for its brilliant subject. It is a fitting tribute to a woman who, more than forty years after her death, remains a genuine cinematic treasure. Highly recommended.” – True Classics
  • “What An Intimate Portrait offers is a fresh perspective on an actress often shrouded in myth, and a timely reminder of the overlooked extent of her artistry. It’s an affectionate but measured tribute to a woman whose artistry thankfully remains captured in celluloid.” – Film Experience
  • “Vivien Leigh: And Intimate Portrait…gives a clear-sighted, compelling and nicely updated glimpse of a life that surely needs to be studied more, not less, as the years go by. And, even if Leigh does eventually get the definitive biography that is her due, I’m confident it will hold its value.” – Broadway World

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