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Vivien Leigh
April 26, 1954. Their signatures, "Vivien Leigh", "L Olivier", beside their images on the inside of a program for the 1953 play, The Sleeping Prince at the Phoenix Theatre in London. Front cover partly separated from spine, usual folds, small loss to lower margin of cover, minor soiling, else very good condition.

In January, 1953 while filming Elephant Walk with Peter Finch, Leigh suffered a nervous breakdown and returned to England to recover (her role was taken over by Elizabeth Taylor). While convalescing at home in England, and in between periods of incoherence, she admitted to Olivier that she had been having an affair with Finch since 1948. Her infidelity, together with her manic depression, strained her marriage with Oliver and the pair divorced in 1960.

The program is for the first run of Terence Rattigan's 1953 play of a young actress who meets and captivates a prince. The play later appeared on Broadway in 1956 at the Coronet Theatre. Marilyn Monroe purchased the rights to the play and from it produced the 1957 film of the same name with Laurence Olivier reprising his role. In 1963 Noël Coward adapted the story into a musical, The Girl Who Came to Supper.

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