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griruxx:

   “I think it was terribly unfair. People would say to Larry: ‘You are the greatest actor in the world’ and then they would turn to Vivien and say: ‘You are the most beautiful woman in the world’. They never said those words she longed to hear: ‘You are the greatest actress in the world’. She wasn’t the greatest actress in the world but it’s very difficult to nominate a person who is.
   She was stupendous in her way - as well as being beautiful. She had the temperament. She didn’t always have the vocal power to reach the back of the gallery. But she did develop her voice and she had intelligence. Larry has always had an actor’s intelligence. He could go to the heart of the play, the heart of a part and dig it out. She had to work much harder at it… Vivien didn’t have that instinct. She had to acquire it.” (Maxine Audley)

griruxx:

   “One night while watching the stage I heard a dress rustle, and looking round beheld this bewitching Dresden figurine of 18th century Lady Teazle next to me. She saw my look of obvious admiration and smiled at me in her almost shy way as she smoothed the creases of her voluminous skirt. I gasped at the exquisite picture.
   Suddenly the magic was shattered. Realising she had forgotten something important, she muttered angrily ‘SHIT!’ and rushed away to fix whatever it was. I grinned at the irony.” (John Barnard)

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