Truly, Madly By Stephen Galloway

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Truly, Madly: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, and the Romance of the Century By Stephen Galloway

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A New York Times Bestseller”A “well rounded and entertaining” (New York Times) Hollywood biography about the passionate, turbulent marriage of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.In 1934, a friend brought fledgling actress Vivien Leigh to see Theatre Royal, where she would first lay eyes on Laurence Olivier in his brilliant performance as Anthony Cavendish. That night, she confided to a friend, he was the man she was going to marry. There was just one problem: she was already married—and so was he.TRULY, MADLY is the biography of a marriage, a love affair that still captivates millions, even decades after both actors’ deaths. Vivien and Larry were two of the first truly global celebrities – their fame fueled by the explosive growth of tabloids and television, which helped and hurt them in equal measure. They seemed to have it all and yet, in their own minds, they were doomed, blighted by her long-undiagnosed mental-illness, which transformed their relationship from the stuff of dreams into a living nightmare.Through new research, including exclusive access to previously unpublished correspondence and interviews with their friends and family, author Stephen Galloway takes readers on a bewitching journey. He brilliantly studies their tempestuous liaison, one that took place against the backdrop of two world wars, the Golden Age of Hollywood and the upheavals of the 1960s — as they struggled with love, loss and the ultimate agony of their parting.
In these days of speculations regarding dead celebrities, new material, and, particularly, decisive and true material (Oliver and Kaye, Kaye and Oliver…yes or no, yes or no?) it is so difficult to capture and maintain attention. I mean, after all….so much is accessible through gossip websites. I am not sure what I hoped for with this book. Leigh’s earlier breakdowns are hinted at (always leaving Olivier and others “shaken”) with few details. Leigh and Oliver’s love ran deep and dark, that sort of melodramatic affair, of which…well… books are written. It’s just that in this case, perhaps a bit TOO much has already been written about it?
Truly Madly, is a very compelling, well written read. As I was reading this I realized, though I knew tons about Taylor/Burton, I really didn’t know much about this pair. In the end it is a very tragic story.
The author gives way too many uninteresting details. He throws out so many names I kept looking back to see who he was referring to. Probably bc the story doesn’t isn’t exciting. He just keeps saying the same thing over and over.I like a good biography, but this one did not keep my attention. Sadly, could not finish…
Galloway knows his stuff and has done his research and it shows. This is a really deep dive on this incredibly tumultuous relationship of these talented but flawed individuals. And their promiscuity and the ease in which they slid in and out of affairs during their marriage in full view of the other—wow- and this was in the forties and fifties. If you love movies and gossip and just a fascinating story or two crazy lives—read this book. Highly recommended..
The book hugs too much toward the Larry as the actor and Vivien as the beauty neglecting the magic of her film acting. Plus, Larry was kind of a self-important prick.. also research more carefully….Fontaine is not the older sister of dehavilland
I learned new details about the couple that I hadn’t known before. Quick and easy read. I wished it had gone on longer.

 

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