New Biography: Actress Vivien Leigh is best known for her iconic performance as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, which first brought her to the attention of American audiences, but the British beauty enjoyed a successful career that encompassed both stage and screen in England and the United States. Other acclaimed film performances include that of aging southern belle Blanche DuBois in the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire,and divorcee Mary Treadwell in the 1965 drama Ship of Fools. Her role in Desire, opposite Marlon Brando as the brutish Stanley Kowalski, earned Leigh her second Oscar as Best Actress; her first coming in 1939 for GWTW.
Leigh’s career was cut tragically short by her death in 1967 from tuberculosis. She was 54. Kendra Bean’s lush, new biography of the actress, Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, provides a thoroughly engaging review of her storied career and her tumultuous private life, including her marriage to legendary British actor Sir Laurence Olivier.
Both the new book and Vivien Leigh’s major films are available at the library!
River Jude Phoenix August 23rd 1970 - October 31st 1993. In the early hours of Halloween, 1993, River Phoenix lost his life. This Halloween 2013 marks 20 years since.
"I don’t want to separate myself from the rest of the world. If the world is not doing too good, I’m a part of it - I’ll be happy to take the blame. I’m along for the ride. But I don’t think things can change over night; a slow evolution has to take place. One of my beliefs is about harmlessness to animals. I don’t believe in eating meat or using any animal by-products or contributing to suppressing animals - or people either! One thing I’d like to do when I have the money is to buy thousands of acres of Brazilian rainforest and make a national park, so no one can bulldoze it and put up a McDonald’s. I guess people find security in a Big Mac but that’s our oxygen! In this business, man, you’ve got to be very careful that it doesn’t get out of hand. I don’t want to get so lost in thinking about me and talking about me all the time in interviews. It’s so nice to unwind and just look at other things and get out of yourself. It’s hard to detach myself from myself without neglecting myself. You know that I mean? I don’t want to get into the habit of thinking about my career, because when it comes down to it, it’s not really that important. I could die tomorrow and the world would go on!”