Hi, I’m Kendra Bean, a twenty-something Londoner by way of California. I have an MA with distinction in Film Studies from King’s College London where I wrote my thesis on Vivien Leigh and international film stardom. A self-described nerd, I enjoy writing on film, photography, traveling, football (the British kind), and sipping a hot cup of tea whilst watching a good movie–preferably with friends. As a life-long film geek, I absolutely love talking with like-minded people who share a passion for classic cinema and were probably born 60 years too late.
My writing has been published at Bright Lights Film Journal, Movie Fanfare and The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower. I have been interviewed for Only Good Movies and The Scarlett Olive, and got the chance to interview TCM host Robert Osborne – one of the highlights of my blogging career! YAM Magazine publishes my film reviews, and I can now officially add “event organizer” to my CV. In May 2011, I organized and hosted A Weekend with the Oliviers–the first ever international event for fans of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier in London.
VivAndLarry.com is an historical archive and film blog dedicated to preserving the memories of classic screen and stage stars Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, and to the discussion of classic Hollywood and world cinemas. The site is designed and edited by Kendra Bean, a film scholar, writer and photographer living in London. What you'll find here: A cabinet of curiosities brimming with vintage articles, video footage, the largest archive of Vivien Leigh and/or Laurence Olivier photos on the Web, and much, much more.
This site is updated frequently, so pull up a chair and stay a while! Or, subscribe to be notified whenever new posts are made.
The current header was designed and drawn by the brilliant Laura Loveday.
Read Vivien Leigh: Becoming Scarlett by Kendra Bean in issue no. 75 of Bright Lights Film Journal
Read Kendra's article Style Icon: Vivien Leigh at The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower
My running list of films watched in 2013.