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Revealed: Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh's Love Letters

And they're pretty steamy

(Newser) - Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh embarked on an epic affair in 1936 while playing lovers in Fire Over England; after keeping their relationship secret for four years, they married, only to divorce in 1960. Throughout that time—and even after they divorced—they wrote passionate letters to each other; 200... More »

Vivien Leigh: Bisexual Adulterer

'Gone With the Wind' star also liked male prostitutes

(Newser) - Vivien Leigh: “The essence of English womanhood,” as a poet laureate once said, or a bisexual adulterer with a taste for male prostitutes? The latter, according to an upcoming biography of the Gone With the Wind actress. Throughout Leigh’s marriage to Laurence Olivier, she cheated on him... More »

British Actress Jean Simmons Dead at 80

Nominated for Oscar as a teen for Hamlet role opposite Olivier

(Newser) - Jean Simmons, the British actress who as a teen received the first of two Oscar nominations for her Ophelia to Laurence Olivier’s 1948 Hamlet, died today at age 80 of lung cancer. She also starred in Guys and Dolls and Spartacus before earning another Oscar nomination for her role... More »

18 Other Slowpoke Directors

James Cameron's 12-year hiatus before Avatar isn't the first

(Newser) - James Cameron went 12 years between feature films—and other directors have gone even longer, for reasons ranging from hubris to legal problems to, say, Nazi oppression. Slate looks at 18 other filmmakers who took their sweet time:
  • Sylvester Stallone, 21-year gap: Between helming Rocky IV and Rocky Balboa, Stallon
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