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  • Truly Madly

  • Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and the Romance of the Century
  • By: Stephen Galloway
  • Narrated by: Molly Parker Myers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Truly Madly

By: Stephen Galloway
Narrated by: Molly Parker Myers
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Summary

A sweeping and heartbreaking Hollywood biography about the passionate, turbulent marriage of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

A New York Times bestseller

As seen in the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.

In 1934, a friend brought fledgling actress Vivien Leigh to see Theatre Royal, where she would first lay eyes on Laurence Olivier in his brilliant performance as Anthony Cavendish. That night, she confided to a friend, he was the man she was going to marry. There was just one problem: she was already married—and so was he.

Truly, Madly is the biography of a marriage, a love affair that still captivates millions, even decades after both actors' deaths. Vivien and Larry were two of the first truly global celebrities—their fame fuelled by the explosive growth of tabloids and television, which helped and hurt them in equal measure. They seemed to have it all and yet, in their own minds, they were doomed, blighted by her long-undiagnosed mental illness, which transformed their relationship from the stuff of dreams into a living nightmare.

Through new research, including exclusive access to previously unpublished correspondence and interviews with their friends and family, author Stephen Galloway takes listeners on a bewitching journey. He brilliantly studies their tempestuous liaison, one that took place against the backdrop of two world wars, the Golden Age of Hollywood and the upheavals of the 1960s—as they struggled with love, loss and the ultimate agony of their parting.

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©2022 Stephen Galloway (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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Real life drama of two greats of the theatre.

I ad always wanted to find out what the real story was between Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh, and live near Notley Abbey so the real life drama was totally fascinating.
It was almost ruined by the dreadful narration, such a shame, for a start as they were both British it should have been read by someone from England. The drama of the drama , as it were, was completely lost !!

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An American narrator? Really?

Not knocking the narrator’s talents, but I reckon this audiobook loses something culturally and historically important in relaying this narrative with a US accent. Otherwise well researched and interesting.

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