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Damn You, Scarlett O'Hara: The Private Lives of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier [Kindle Edition]

Darwin Porter , Roy Moseley
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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The tempestuous, scandalous love affair of the 20th century's Romeo and Juliet was second in fame and notoriety only to that of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and by many accounts, even more corrupt. Even though the spotlight shone on this famous pair throughout most of their tabloid-fueled careers, much of what went on behind the velvet curtain remained hidden from view until the publication of this ground-breaking biography. For the first time, the sexual excesses and interpersonal anguish of this impossibly famous team of actors are exposed in graphic, sometimes wrenching detail.

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"The biography, Damn You, Scarlett O'Hara, is the first to identify Leigh's lesbian lovers...One of her first bisexual lovers to be named in the book is Isabel Jeans, an actress who...had appeared in early films by Alfred Hitchcock.There are at least two other lesbian relationships outlined in the book, as well as affairs with a host of dashing leading men, including Marlon Brando and Rex Harrison." - The Sunday Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9511 KB
  • Print Length: 708 pages
  • Publisher: Blood Moon Productions (16 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYFL9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't rate a star 20 Mar. 2012
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This is the worst book I have ever read about these two great actors. Interesting that this type of rubbish was only ever published after the subjects had died and were obviously unable to respond with a libel suit. It is very sad that some people will believe this dribble!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A box of worms or a tissue of lies? 9 Jun. 2013
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I have just finished reading this book, and I can't make up my mind whether it's a revelation, or a deviation. I realise that the 'golden years' of theatre and cinema weren't as innocent and romantic as portrayed in the fan magazines, but this book exposes a society that would rival Sodom and Gomorrah in immorality. Famous and hallowed names are despatched in numbers to the naughty step of theatrical history-I'll never see Danny Kaye (among others) the same way again!
Do I believe it all? The writers seem to have had very good connections in all corners of show business, so it does give some credence to their stories, though some things make me hold back my five stars. For instance conversations, many intimate, are recorded in a very precise fashion presumably as fact - how would they know these details without considerable artistic licence being used? Also on pages 458 - 459 it states, in reference to the film '49th Parallel'---'In the film, Larry was cast as a gentle French-Canadian trapper called "Johnnie". The French/Canadian accent he adopted was called "Clouseau-esqe"'---. This was 1941. Unless they were refering to someone else, I doubt anyone would have been aware of anything 'Clouseau' until the sixties...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I am appalled that I even bought this book. Believing it to be an honest, accurate story of 2 of my favourite actors (with a lovely dust jacket), I was pleased to see it on the shelves. I soon realised the book is full of shameful lies, just a terrible attempt to titilate, with completely false exposes, with virtually every famous actor you can name allegedly having had homosexual affairs. You will not recognise Vivien Leigh or Laurence Olivier in this book-because it is pure fiction. Most, if not all, of the people named in the book are dead-otherwise I suspect the authors would find themselves in court for years to come. Don't buy this pile of crap-donate your money to a worthwile charity instead. If you must buy it, you have been warned!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 24 Sept. 2014
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As someone in the age group to remember the Oliviers at their peak ,and who saw them many times onstage, I knew little of their private life. I DO NOW!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish! 5 April 2015
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Utter and complete rubbish! Don't waste your money on this fiction!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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When I downloaded this book, the amazon reviews given were all glowing with 5 stars; one review has subsequently been published which is much closer to the mark, although I wouldn't go so far as to say that "I hate it". Somehow I keep plodding on with it, as there is a grain of truth in the background story, and Vivien Leigh in particular is a person who has always fascinated me. It's such a pity that a really good in-depth book has not yet been written focussing on the time the couple spent together rather than just the individuals' lives which have of course been well-captured in several excellent biographies; I thought this would be it, but have been sadly disappointed.

About one third of the book covers the lives of Olivier and Leigh before they met, although most of that is devoted to tales of Olivier's supposed homosexual liaisons, and is written as though it were accepted and unquestionable fact (albeit in the style of the worst tabloid "journalism"). If all that were true, Olivier would have had no time to himself, or to devote to acting, because he was, according to this rubbish, juggling multiple gay romances and sexual exploits with both sexes on a daily basis; this nonsense continues throughout the entire book; if one were gullible enough to believe it all, one would have to believe that every man and woman on the planet swings both ways and is utterly callous with no sense of guilt whatsoever in being unfaithful to their spouse/lover. How anyone can take the vast majority of the content of this book seriously is beyond me. Apart from the absolute rubbish that is written about the two key players, their friends, family and colleagues, the writing itself is utterly atrocious; it has the style of a particularly poor National Enquirer piece.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brillantly written 'eye opener'. 8 Feb. 2013
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Worth every minute it takes to read: and its a long book! It does not miss a minute part of everything about the lives of the two written about - and then, not so intricate, the people they come into contact with, and how they affect them. And despite being that elaborate, I could not avoid reading the book avidly - and being most interested in the characters. There is not a nuance missed: and that is quite something with two people who 'swung both ways' and never missed a chance! Incidentally, the female of the two was also very temperamental. I grew up not being very interested in the man of the title - but I never then knew how wrong I was: He was brilliant in every way: acting or living his inricate life. So, in her way, was Vivien - and both, though their 'often open' marriage was doomed, were people we can all look up at - and in wonder.
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