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Book casts welcome light on actress Vivien Leigh

This cover image released by I.B. Tauris shows "Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh" by Alan Strachan (I.B. Tauris via AP) (AP) — Playing two of the greatest female roles ever offered in film — Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind” and Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” — has guaranteed actress Vivien Leigh a place in popular culture. Yet her stage work, often overlooked by her film fans, may have been the true showcase of her talent. Alan Strachan, a director and a chronicler of the British theater, gives Leigh’s full career a stirring reassessment […]

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