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  • January10th

    Vivien Leigh’s city home in the 1960s was 54 Eaton Square. This place still exists in London and can be visited (on the outside only). In fact, we discussed this topic last month! This morning I updated the Eaton Square page and the Photo Archive gallery (please login to view) with new photos of 54 Eaton Square. Big thanks to Anthony for sharing photos of Vivien Leigh’s bench and big thanks to Simon for helping me out with some satellite photos. And be sure to look at the sign to the Eaton Square gardens– and the strict rules! If you have photos of 54 Eaton Square from your homage to London, please email me so I can share them with everyone!

  • December3rd

    Discussion Topic for December: Has anyone ever visited 54 Eaton Square in London? What was your experience?

  • April25th

    I think anything labeled Gone with the Wind ‘sequel’ or Gone with the Wind ‘musical’ is asking for negativity. So it’s no surprise that the GWTW: The Musical hasn’t been received well by critics. Thanks to Lori for sending me this CNN article:

    LONDON, England (AP) – The critics came, they saw, and frankly, my dear, most were unmoved by a new musical adaptation of “Gone With the Wind.”

    Critics played on Rhett Butler’s famous exit line to Scarlett O’Hara:

    “Frankly, it’s hard to give a damn about this Wind,” said the headline in Wednesday’s Daily Express about the show that opened Tuesday at the West End’s New London Theatre. The Times’ Benedict Nightingale was gentler. “I did give a damn,” he wrote. “But not as big a damn as I had hoped.”

    Directed by Trevor Nunn, the show was written by Margaret Martin, who has never before had a play produced professionally. Many critics felt her attempt to condense Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War epic left a play in which too much happened too quickly.

    Daily Telegraph reviewer Charles Spencer said “this soullessly efficient show merely feels like one damn thing after another.”

    The show was cut down from a four-hour running time in previews, but many felt it was still too long.

    “How do you cram a 1,000-page novel into three-and-a-half hours of stage time?” asked Michael Billington in The Guardian. “With great difficulty.”

    Critics were impressed by some of the performers, particularly Jina Burrows as Prissy and Natasha Yvette Williams as Mammy. And Billington said Jill Paice “does an excellent job” with the feisty but often trying heroine Scarlett. He felt Darius Danesh’s Rhett had a “graceful virility,” although some felt he and Paice lacked sexual chemistry.

    Nightingale said he found himself “hankering for Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, who breezed and dazzled their way through the film.”

    The music also failed to impress: “so-so,” said The Times’ Nightingale; “lackluster,” said the Telegraph’s Spencer.

    A previous attempt to turn “Gone With the Wind” into a musical, “Scarlett,” opened in Tokyo in 1970 and came to London in 1972. But a planned Broadway run was canceled, and the show has not been staged in 30 years.

    In the Evening Standard, Nicholas de Jongh advised that “connoisseurs of big, bad musicals must rush to catch ‘Gone With the Wind’ in case it’s quickly blown away on gales of ridicule.”

    The show’s producers can take comfort, though, from the fact that Nunn’s production of “Les Miserables” was panned by critics when it opened in 1985. It is still running, and has been produced around the world.

  • April1st

    On my site, VIVIEN-LEIGH.COM, I have a section devoted to Vivien’s homes–Places she lived in England during her lifetime. The four most well-known are Durham Cottage, Notley Abbey, Eaton Square, and Tickerage Mill. I have photos (many of which have been donated by fellow fans) of all 4 of those homes. I even have recent interior photographs of Notley and Tickerage. I really wish I had more photos of Durham and Eaton Square… I’d love to see the interior of Eaton Square or the bench in the walled garden across the street that’s dedicated in Vivien’s memory. I have seen a photo of Vivien in her bedroom at Eaton Square, a bedroom that was profusely decorated in rose motifs. And I have seen photos from a magazine photo-shoot that feature the Oliviers in their living room at Durham. But, I’m interested in modern-day photos. Color, preferably. Have you ever visited Vivien’s London homes? Or maybe you’ve taken a day trip out to Sussex or Buckinghamshire to find Vivien’s country homes. Maybe, just maybe you’ve tried to find Leigh Holman’s farm manor house in Zeals? Last I heard, Suzanne still owned it. I’d love to hear your stories and see your pictures. Email me at webmistress@vivien-leigh.com or leave a comment here.

  • February9th

    OK everyone—who wants to organize a road trip to London for the GWTW musical opening? I can tell you that the producer had contacted surviving film cast members—Ann Rutherford, Mickey Kuhn, Cammie King, etc—about attending the opening. But they never heard anything more so that is all up in the air. I do know that Ann Rutherford has commited to attending a screening of GWTW at a theater in Honolulu, Hawaii in early May so if anyone will be there then, let me know and I will supply details. Last and foremost—-the great “Strand Theater” in Marietta, Georgia…(the home of the Marietta GWTW Museum)…is on track to have its grand reopening this Fall. It is an art deco theater that had been abandoned for years but is now undergoing a multi-million dollar refurbishment. They have promised that GWTW will be their premiere film when it reopens this fall—and all our actors from GWTW have promised to attend. Stay tuned to this website for details as this happens….we promise even surprise guests….

    Posted by Jonas