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screencapture from the film

Vivien-Leigh.com is announcing a Enter for Your Chance to Win Contest! V-L.com will be giving away 3 DVD copies of The Deep Blue Sea! Released in 1955, the film stars Vivien Leigh and Kenneth More. This color film was never released on VHS or DVD but played on American television a couple decades ago. I have in my possession a recording of that TV version so it borders on poor quality, but I have it nonetheless. The Deep Blue Sea is about Hester (Vivien Leigh) “the troubled wife of a London attorney (Emlyn Williams). Racked with emotional problems, Leigh turns her back on her loveless marriage and sets up house with a handsome RAF officer (Kenneth More). When her lover proves to be shallow and unreliable, Leigh attempts to kill herself ” (quoted text taken from Fandango.com).

To enter the contest, please answer the question below. One winner will be chosen at random from the correct submissions. This contest is only open to those living in the USA and Canada (sorry, the DVDs will only work in DVD players from this region). To enter for your chance to win, click on the email link below and send your answer in the email. Please put “Deep Blue Sea” in the subject line.  The contest ends March 31st! Good Luck, everyone!

QUESTION: The film The Deep Blue Sea is adapted from the play of what playwright? Hint: Answer can be found on Vivien-Leigh.com

ANSWER: Send your answer to webmaster @ vivien-leigh.com or CLICK HERE.


Discussion topic for January 2010:

What film hooked you to Vivien Leigh? If not GWTW what  was it? What did you think when you saw her in another film?

Vivien as Scarlett

And the Winner Is…

A big congrats to Susan for winning the VIVIEN-LEIGH.COM December contest. A new, autographed copy of The Secret of the Belles by Kathy Witt is on its way! Next contest will be announced later this week!

Here’s another new article for VIVIEN-LEIGH.COM. I hope Vivien found some sort of paradise during her lifetime.

Noted actress Vivien Leigh wants to find ‘an island paradise’

Written By: Unknown

Published In: Herald (Melbourne, Australia) on July 3, 1961

Vivien enjoying the Gold Coast

She’s combing the Pacific- on paper at the moment- for an island where she can relax.

She’s even prepared to “go native” to get her perfect holiday and live in a hut.

She said today: “I don’t care how isolated the island is. I’ll get there somehow.”

But it must be off the tourist routes, be good for swimming and it must have a sandy beach, not coral.

IN GARDEN

Eight weeks ago she bought a ‘Queen Anne’ house in Sussex with its own mill stream, lake and river, and a whole hillside of daffodils.

At week ends she leaves her theatre life to work in the country garden.

During the next size months she’ll have two 10 day breaks and will spend each away from the cities- one at the Barrier Reef and the other “out of Perth.”

Melbourne people will see her in three totally different roles- as the wicked woman in “Duel of Angels,” the tragic Marguerite in “The Lady of the Camellias,” and Viola in “Twelfth Night.”

The first general rehearsal will be on Wednesday.

The rest of the 37-strong company will arrive late today.

Here are the details of the company’s Melbourne season:

July 12-22: “Duel of Angels”

July 25-August 5: “Twelfth Night”

August 8-26: “Lady of the Camellias”

The company will tour Brisbane, Sydney, Adelside and Perth later. It is due to open in New Zealand January 24, 1962.

I’ve added a new article to the Vivien Leigh Article Database- here’s a sneak peek! I found it interesting that she said Cleopatra was her favorite role. She talks about Scarlett, the critics, and the best compliment she’s ever received.

Written by: Alan Dent

Appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, July 9, 1961

The dismantled music hall would have been a somewhat depressing ambiance if it had not been for the presence of Vivien Leigh in a white crinoline, reclining in a yellow armchair.

She was talking to me between scenes of Dumas’s “The Lady of the Camellias,”  being rehearsed at the Finsbury Park Empire before leaving for Australia to begin a two-year tour with a specially chosen Old Vic company. This opens on Wednesday with “Duel of Angels.”

“Let me babble.” she said  babbled delectably of what might almost be described as the grandest tour ever. The first part takes in the Antipodes and the far East, Tokyo, Manila, Bombay, Bangkok. Then, after a rest at home, in 1962, “we begin the second half of the world tour starting in Paris where we have been invited to play in Jean-LouisBarrault’s theatre. Furthermore when I introduced myself to Madam Furtszeva the other day she said she would be delighted if we went to Russia, and I hope that will be arranged. From there onwards the tour is planned to take in South and North America.

“The idea of this tour was mine originally,” she said “I suggested  it to Bobby Helpmann, who suggested it to the Old Vic which could hardly agree more.  About half of the company are Old Vic players.”

Besides the Dumas, the touring repertoire  will include “Twelfth Night” and Giraudoux “Duel of Angels.”

The success of the latter, a “difficult” play, did not surprised her as much as it has surprised some other people.

” The first time I read it- there are only two new plays I have ever read which have kept me awake- one was ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ by Thornton Wilder and the other was ‘Duel of Angels.’ I remember telephoningBinkie Beaumont the next morning and saying ‘I want to do it. I don’t mind which part I play. I just think it is the most wonderful play.”

To continue reading this article, please visit the Vivien Leigh Article Database, or CLICK HERE.

In the spirit of the holidays, here’s my little Hallmark Gone with the Wind Christmas tree. I sincerely hope  everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year.

the tree

my fav ornament