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play begins as Leigh herself sweeps onto the stage for her last press
conference – still the glamorous movie star and still talking in
Scarlett O'Hara's voice. But it's an illusion. Long past Scarlett's
prime, no longer the Georgia peach, she is the thorny English rose who
orchestrated her career and romance with Sir Laurence Olivier like
Grant took Richmond, no matter the cost.
Driven by hidden demons, Leigh had three
defining roles---Scarlett O'Hara from "Gone With the Wind,"
Blanche DuBois from "A Streetcar Named Desire." and Lady O,
Olivier---and was tortured by them. "I can't be still," she
said, "a monster may come." She drifts between past and
present, the past always present, in an attempt to define herself this
one last time, exposing Viv, the world's darling, desperate for truth
and stripped to the bone1.
Vivien Leigh, The Last Press Conference
is the story of a woman, blessed with all the Gods could bestow, at
war with the devil: a monster called manic depression. Brave and
beautiful, a stage actress who owned the title role in the most
popular motion picture ever made. An English rose who garnered two
Academy Awards for her portrayal of Southern heroines.
Vivien Leigh was Tinkerbell and Lady Macbeth. A
modern legend who is remembered with love and admiration. For the
bounty of her legacy eclipses the horrors of the madness that
caused her such shame. When she succumbed to tuberculosis at age
fifty-four, she had been preparing for Edward Albee’s play "A
Delicate Balance"…the title of which seems her most fitting