me how to live, your father [Laurence Olivier] taught me how to love, and
Jack taught me how to be alone." -Vivien Leigh to Tarquin
Olivier, Larry's son
|1. Leigh Holman
Married 1932-1940 (divorced); Had one child, Suzanne.
They met before
she became greatly involved in acting. Marriage ended basically because
of Vivien's newfound love for her career as an actress, although she and Laurence
Olivier (see below) had started an affair while she was still married to Holman.
They, however, remained very close all through Vivien's life. Interesting tidbit of
information: Leigh Holman looks greatly like Leslie Howard, co-star in
Vivien's big hit "Gone With the Wind" (1939), whom Vivien had been a fan of
before even meeting Leigh.
Married 1940-1960 (divorced)
She first saw him while he was acting and declared
to a friend, "Someday I am going to marry Laurence Olivier." They met shortly
after and fell in love during the filming of "Fire Over England" (1937). Then,
they carried a secret love affair between 1937 and 1940, when Vivien became divorced.
Right away, they were married. Marriage ended as a result of emotional disturbances on
Vivien's part. From the mid 1940s on she suffered from frail health (see biography) and
nervous breakdowns. They split in 1958, but divorce wasn't final until 1940. Even after
the divorce, they continued to feel great love for each other and did up until each of
their deaths (hers in 1967, his in 1989). Interesting tidbit of information: Larry and Viv
starred together in three movies and countless stage productions. Read More!
Lived together 1959-1967 (her
Started living with Jack in 1959, while still
officially married to Olivier, although they'd already split. They never married, but he
was with her up until her death. It was he who found her dead and after phoning the
doctor, he phoned Laurence Olivier, Vivien's ex-husband. Supposedly, it
was more of a partnership than a deep love, and Jack understood that he'd never take the
place of her true love, Larry. Interesting tidbit of information: They starred in "La
Dame aux camelias" in 1961, which toured in Australia.