Truly, Madly

Hollywood history holds several legendary romances, with the relationship between Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier as one of the most storied and tumultuous. Both phenomenal talents on-screen and off, their love affair continues to intrigue classic film fans to this day.

Leigh and Olivier were famous on a global scale, each offering noteworthy performances on stage and screen. Despite both of them already being married to other people, they fell in love and cultivated a relationship that was scrutinized by media all over the world.

Stephen Galloway’s Truly, Madly: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and the Romance of the Century focuses specifically upon documenting the relationship of Leigh and Olivier through new research. Galloway references unpublished correspondence and interviews with friends and family of the couple, navigating readers through their story against the backdrop of important historical events as well as the couple’s own triumphs, losses, and eventual parting.

Beautifully written, Galloway respectfully shares the story of Leigh and Olivier while also offering a fascinating portrayal of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the couple’s peers in the film industry. His text is thoroughly supported by numerous references and his prose is supplemented with stunning photographs of the couple.

Fans of Leigh and Oliver are sure to enjoy this fine tribute to this legendary powerhouse of a couple.


Truly, Madly: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and the Romance of the Century is available for purchase via Grand Central Publishing.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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