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Rarely seen photograph of Viven Leigh and Laurence Olivier en route to Tyneside

A National Portrait Gallery exhibition coming to The Laing Art Gallery focuses on film star Vivien Leigh throughout her career

© National Portrait Gallery, London A rarely seen photograph of Vivien Leigh and husband Laurence Olivier at a garden party forms the centrepiece of an exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from the National Portrait Gallery Image credit: Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Unknown photographer, 30 May 1937
A rarely seen photograph of Vivien Leigh and husband Laurence Olivier at a garden party forms the centrepiece of an exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from the National Portrait Gallery Image credit: Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Unknown photographer, 30 May 1937
 

A rarely seen photograph of Vivien Leigh and husband Laurence Olivier at a garden party forms the centrepiece of a new exhibition, coming to The Laing in November.

Starring Vivien Leigh is a National Portrait Gallery exhibition and explores how one of the 20th century’s most famous film stars was captured on film throughout her career by photographers including Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Norman Parkinson, Laszlo Willinger and Madame Yevonde.

The photograph of Leigh and Olivier was taken by photojournalist Larry Burrows at the height of her fame in 1949, and shows the couple attending a theatrical garden party, addressing the crowd through a megaphone.

The photograph had never been seen before it was given to the National Portrait Gallery by Burrows’ family in 2013.

Other images capture Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, performing in A Streetcar Named Desire alongside Marlon Brando, and giving her first, un-credited film performance in Things Are Looking Up (1934).

Rare film stills, press books and magazine covers complete what is a star-studded glimpse into Leigh’s film and theatre career.

Starring Vivien Leigh will be at The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from November 8 to February 15. This is a National Portrait Gallery exhibition and an admission charge applies. Tickets will be available from www.laingartgallery.org.uk and from the Laing Art Gallery ticket desk.

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