Vivien Leigh and the Star Archive

7th March 2015, Queen Mary University of London

This day at Queen Mary University of London investigated the relationship between star studies and the star archive. Speakers included Keith Lodwick and Kate Dorney from the Victoria and Albert Museum, curators of the Vivien Leigh archive. Keith and Kate described the treasures in the archive, such as costumes, scripts, photos and letters, as well as demonstrating how they inform us about Leigh’s screen and stage performances. Charles Drazin talked about his work on Alexander Korda – a close friend and mentor of Leigh – and Lucy Bolton spoke about the popular perceptions of Leigh, as evidenced in My Week with Marilyn. Pauline Small, author of ‘Sophia Loren, Moulding the Star’, chaired a roundtable discussion about researching the star archive, which included a selection of clips that showed the range of Leigh’s performances on screen, from the 1930s to the 1960s.