Meet the Stars: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh

Small illustrated magazine profiling Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, written by Richard Burns. The magazine is No 1. in a larger series. The fact that Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh are the first star couple used in the series speaks to their combined star power at this point in the 1940s.

The opening text reads:

'It's only fitting that this series of intimate introductions to famous stars should begin with Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. They've already become a legend on both sides of the Atlantic. In America they're called "the Lunts of Britain". America knows no higher praise, for Alfred Lunt and his lovely wife Lynn Fontanne are the Royal Family of New York's Theatreland. They, too, have become a legend in their lifetime. The Oliviers, however, not only being in the British theatre, they're supreme in the film world as well. Not in Britain alone; they've achieved a very special place in Hollywood's hall of fame, and fantastic bids are constantly being made by American producers in their endeavours to tempt these two great artistes back to Hollywood. When he flew the Old Vic Company to New York recently, Olivier was offered a contract involving more than a million dollars (£250,000) to appear with his wife and the Old Vic Company in a film based on a novel by Taylor Caldwell. He turned it down without hesitation. They both feel that their place is primarily in the British theatre, and in British films. For which we can thank our lucky stars!'
Creator Richard Burns
Subject Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier
Source Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
Publisher Griffs Ltd.
Date 1947-01-01/1947-12-31
Format Magazine
Type Press
Coverage 1930s-1940s