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LEIGH Vivien - Typed Letter Signed 1963 during the run of Tovarich

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Vivien LEIGH (1913-1967)

Typed Letter Signed (“XX Vivien”) to Ron Sabien, sending him news of New York where she was performing in Tovarich.

1 page 4to, New York, 9 August 1963.                                                          

 “. . . I was so pleased to hear that all is well with you, and I am sending you the album of ‘Tovarich’ [not present] and do hope that you will enjoy it.

The piece seems to trundle on, and goodness knows how long I shall be here. I miss home and everyone there very much indeed, but must confess that I am having an enjoyable time here. Jack [Merivale] and I go to the country every day except matinee days, and sit in kind friends’ swimming pools, so I should really not complain.

Scripts come pouring in, and there are many exciting projects afoot, but nothing settled as yet.

Please do give my love to all our friends, and Jack’s. He is growing his beard again for ‘You Never Can Tell’, which he starts rehearsing on the 13th August.

. . . I have only bought one picture since I have been here. It is a water colour, by an artist little known, and whose name I can’t decipher, who worked with Cezanne. . .”

Leigh was suffering ill health at the time, with bouts of severe depression. Her role in the light comedy, Tovarich, was a great success despite this, earning her a Tony award.

She and her partner, Jack Merivale, had been on tour in Australia and New Zealand the previous year, and it seems likely that the Ron Sabien to whom this letter is addressed was the Australian interior decorator of that name.

Of the offers which came “pouring in”, one may well have been for the film Ship of Fools, which appeared in 1965. It proved to be her final film and, although a professional triumph, the making of the film was extremely difficult and exacted a severe toll on her delicate mental state.

The letter, on light-weight blue airmail paper, is torn at the top of the central vertical fold, but with no loss of text.

 

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