LOVE SCENE: The Story of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh by

LOVE SCENE: The Story of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Native son Jesse L. Lasky, Jr., has a strong sense of what makes Hollywood's innards tick--which gives this ""love scene"" a distinctly business-like tenor. Otherwise much of it follows the course of Anne Edwards' bestselling Leigh biography of last year, except for some minor departures in detail. Focusing on the famous duo's California sojourns, and especially on Leigh's performances, Lasky is good at capturing the bitchy-manipulative exchanges: Leigh to director Mervyn LeRoy: ""If they're going to be looking at my hair, they won't notice the fucking scene, Mervyn, darling."" LeRoy: ""Wind machine for Miss Leigh's hair!"" The Louellas and Heddas are accorded their space, and David Selznick emerges as a more developed figure than either the first spouses of Olivier and Leigh, or the two stars' companions after the divorce. More revealing as an insider's diary, then, than for entree to a fraught relationship.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1978
Publisher: T. Y. Crowell