Oscar Berger was a famous cartoon artist and writer. While promoting one of his books, My Victims, a book explaining the art of drawing caricatures, he dropped by backstage to visit with the Oliviers. And, of course, to draw their caricatures. Do you think they were victims?

Possibly anticipating the result, Sir Laurence Olivier looks rather pensive as he gave this sitting. What would this artist see in him?

The caricature of Sir Laurence, which shows that he had every justification for looking pensive!

Still wearing stage makeup, Vivien poses backstage.

Full use of Vivien’s pointed chin and upturned nose make for this piquant study.


  • Comment by marga — August 29, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Thanks! I see that the first sketch of Larry is not the same that the final one (the tie has disapeared). Probably Mr.Berger re-draw them at his studio?

  • Comment by Leigh — August 30, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    I noticed that too! The head looks the same but he definitely redrew it and eliminated the tie and coat!

  • Comment by Selina — September 1, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    Wow, never seen that before..which play do you think Vivien was acting in that night?

    Hirschfield was another caricaturist I recall he did several of Viv as Scarlett O’Hara

  • Comment by rouge — April 2, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    hey thats my great uncle!

  • Comment by rouge — April 2, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    oscar berger, i mean.

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