Posted on January 9, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi
A previously unseen and newly acquired photograph of one of Britain’s most important actresses, Vivien Leigh, and her husband Laurence Olivier, taken at the height of their celebrity status are, since November 2013 on display at the National Portrait Gallery of London. The photograph is shown alongside with two rarely seen portraits of the couple that mark the start of the Gallery’s program celebrating the centenary of Leigh’s birth. The three photographs exhibited in the Gallery are of an extensive display, Starring Vivien Leigh: A Centenary Celebration. Telling the story of the film and theatre career of the widely celebrated actress, focusing on her Oscar-winning role in Gone With the Wind, the display features over 50 portraits of Leigh alongside a selection of rare memorabilia including magazine covers, film stills and press books. Many of the photographs in the display have not been exhibited in the Gallery before. I guess it’s time to go to London.