Blown away by wind star tribute
One guest at the premiere of Jermyn Street show Vivien
Leigh – The Last Press Conference had heaps more critical sway than even
the most leathery old hack in the audience.
Tarquin Olivier, no less – son of Larry and first wife
Jill Esmond – was eager to see what writer and performer Marcy Lafferty
would make of his famous stepmother. It seems he was impressed.
“It was quite extraordinary. I was reminded of so many
things,” he told Tabard. “After about ten minutes I became mesmerized. It
was almost as if I was seeing Vivien again.”
No hard feelings either - although the younger
Olivier’s father began an affair with Leigh just two months after he was
born, he is adamant that he experienced “lots and lots of love” from the
Gone With The Wind star.
But truly remarkable is not the head turning physical
resemblance he shares with his father, rather that he has never considered
a career in show business. Until now, at the grand age of 65.
“I have started working as a film producer” he
confided. “My children have all been educated. I have retired from my job
and it is something that interests me. Why not?”