Vivien Leigh

Actress and icon

Edited by Kate Dorney and Maggie B. Gale

Vivien Leigh

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2508-8
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: November 2017
  • BIC Category: Film Studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General, Individual Actors & Performers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, The arts / Theatre studies, The arts / Films, cinema


This edited volume provides new readings of the life and career of iconic actress Vivien Leigh (1913-67). Written by experts in theatre and film studies and curators from the Victoria and Albert Museum, it uses newly accessible family archives to explore the intensely complex relationship between Leigh's approach to the craft of acting for stage and screen and how she shaped, developed and projected her public persona as one of the most talked about and photographed actresses of her era.

Featuring key contributors from the UK, France and the US, the chapters range from analyses of Leigh's work on stage and screen to her collaborations with designers and photographers, an analysis of her fan base, her interior designs and the 'public ownership' of Leigh's celebrity status during her lifetime and beyond.


Kate Dorney is Senior Lecturer in Theatre & Performance at the University of Manchester

Maggie B. Gale is Professor of Drama at The University of Manchester


Part I: Re-reading Vivien Leigh
1 Vivien Leigh, actress and icon: introduction - Kate Dorney and Maggie B. Gale
2 Public faces/private lives: performing Vivien Leigh - Kate Dorney
3 Making Vivien Leigh mad - Maggie B. Gale
Part II: The actress at work
4 An actress prepares - John Stokes
5 Film performance and Vivien Leigh: from starlet to Scarlett, and Blanche Dubois to Mrs Stone - Lucy Bolton
6 Vivien Leigh and her French collaborations: a rethinking of her art - Arnaud Duprat de Montero
Part III: Constructed identities
7 From the fans - Kendra Bean
8 Dressing the part: costume and character - Keith Lodwick
9 Leigh through the lens: photographic collaborators - Susanna Brown
10 'A living set': at home with Vivien Leigh - Hollie Price

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