One year in the lives of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Their marriage was one of the great love stories of its day. Their careers were in the ascendant; Olivier was rapidly becoming the leading actor of his generation and Vivien was soon to gain international fame as Scarlett O’Hara. After World War II, the Oliviers ruled the stage. In 1948 the Oliviers led an Old Vic company tour of the Antipodes. This is where this book begis. They were mobbed, feted and treated like royalty. But the marriage was in trouble. With the strain of several hundred stage appearances, Vivien’s frail health gave way. Olivier had several injuries necessitating operations. And Vivien met and later fell in love with Peter Finch. At the climax of the tour, Olivier was sacked from his job of leading the Old Vic.
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