Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh love letters revealed

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Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh Love Letters Revealed


The public will soon get a deeper look into one of Hollywood's most infamous love affairs.
In 1936, sparks flew between Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh while playing lovers in "Fire Over England." They kept their relationship secret for four years while they were married to other people. Then they got married, and then divorced after two decades

Over many years, they exchanged hundreds of love letters ... even after they split.

Now 200 unpublished letters between the two lovebirds will be made public. Some are sweet, others got pretty saucy.

In one letter during their affair, Olivier wrote to his mistress, "If we loved each other only with our bodies I suppose it would be alright. I love you with much more than that. I love you with, oh everything somehow, with a special kind of soul."

In another lusty letter he wrote, "I am sitting naked with just my parts wrapped in your panties. My longing for you is so intense. I'm loving and adoring and want you so."

But in other letters he reminded her that they needed to keep their relationship a secret.

"I have come to the conclusion you're very naughty. We are a popular scandal, or rather a public one. Therefore, it is only reasonably good taste to be as unobtrusive as possible."

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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Sir Laurence Olivier plants a kiss on wife Vivien Leigh in her New York theater dressing room after learning she won an Oscar for best actress for her role in 'A Streetcar Named Desire.' (Photo by Tom Gallagher/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Special trains, motor-coaches and ferry-boats were run from Sweden and other countries to cope with crowds who invaded Elsinore, Denmark, to see Shakespeare's Hamlet produced by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh and 100 British and Danish players in the great courtyard of Kronberg Castle. It was the first production of the play in the setting named by Shakespeare, and the first in English anywhere in Denmark.British actor Laurence Olivier, as Hamlet, and British actress Vivien Leigh, as Ophelia, in a scene from the play in the courtyard of Kronberg Castle, Elsinore, on June 3, 1937. (AP Photo)
Vivien Leigh, famous English actress and Scarlett in the film 'Gone With the Wind', was married to English actor Laurence Olivier on August 30, 1940 at Santa Barbara, California. Their wedding took place just one minute after midnight, at the end of the state’s three day waiting period. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, famous actor and actress, now husband and wife, photographed at a local premier of 'Gone with the Wind'. (AP Photo)
Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh play the title roles in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" at the Geary Theater in San Francisco, April 18, 1940. (AP Photo)
British actor Laurence Olivier and actress Vivien Leigh in their hotel in London, England, Jan. 15, 1941, after their return from America wgere they were married. (AP Photo/Staff/Worth)
Sir Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh are seen arriving at the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, London, Nov. 29, 1948, for the Command Film Show. (AP Photo/Laurence Harris)
Behind the wigs and whiteface makeup are actors Vivien Leigh and husband Laurence Olivier, taking time out for a backstage kiss at London's Palladium before appearing as clowns in the annual "Night of 100 Stars" charity show, July 24, 1958. (AP Photo)
Indian born, British actress Vivien Leigh arrives with her husband actor Sir Laurence Olivier, at the Holy Trinity church in London, England, December 6, 1957, to attend the wedding of Suzanne Holman, Miss Leigh's daughter by her first marriage to Robin Farrington, member of Lloyd's underwriting firm. Miss Holeman's father, Leigh Holman, gave the bride away. (AP Photo)
circa 1940: British actress Vivien Leigh (1913 - 1967) in a scene from a film with her husband of three decades, Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989). (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
Vivien Leigh prepares to kiss Laurence Olivier in a scene from a stage production of 'Romeo and Juliet', 1940. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
13th January 1941: Actor Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989) with his wife, actress Vivien Leigh (Vivian Mary Hartley) (1913 - 1967) after their arrival in England from Hollywood to play their part in WW II. Olivier hopes to join the RAF and Vivien Leigh intends to join a touring company. (Photo by George W. Hales/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
1941: Real-life couple Vivien Leigh (1913 - 1967) and Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989) play historical lovers Lady Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson in 'That Hamilton Woman', directed by Alexander Korda. Olivier wears an eyepatch in his role as the amorous Admiral. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
London, England, 9th April, 1942, British film actor John Mills (right) pictured with his wife (2R) and baby daughter Juliette, being held by godmother Vivien Leigh and godfather Laurence Olivier after the christening ceremony at Holy Trinity, Brompton (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, arriving at Buckingham Palace, as Laurence receives his Knighthood, London, 1947. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
London, England, Actress Vivien Leigh and her actor husband Sir Laurence Olivier in the foyer of the Leicester Square theatre at the World premiere of the film 'Anna Karenina', 1948 (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
CANADA - JUNE 19: Birthday honors announced by the King included a knighthood for Laurence Olivier British actor seen with his wife. Vivien Leigh. Because of shortages of lab Materials insignia for various honors will be delayed in reaching those decoration [Incomplete] (Photo by Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
English actor Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989) and his wife Vivien Leigh (1913 - 1967), New York, circa 1948. (Photo by FPG/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Sir Laurence Olivier and Lady Olivier - Vivien Leigh - at Romanos restaurant in Sydney on 29 June 1948 (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
Entertainment, Stage, Theatre, England, January 1949, British actors and husband and wife Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier on the first night of the play 'School For Scandal' at London's New Theatre in which they star together (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier, sitting together on an armchair, circa 1950. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Sir Laurence Olivier and his actress wife Vivien Leigh arrive at the New Theatre, 14 February 1951, to attend the London first night of Bernard Shaw's 'Man and Superman'. Actor, producer and director, Olivier trained in London and began his career at Birmingham in 1926, joining the Old Vic company, London, in 1937. He played all the great Shakespearean roles. His film career includes Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III. After having been director of the Chichester Theatre (1962), he became director of the National Theatre in 1963 to 1973. After 1974, he appeared chiefly in films and on television, notably in Brideshead Revisited (1982) and King Lear (1983). He was knighted in 1947. (B/W) (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
26th June 1951: Danny Kaye (1913 - 1987), Vivien Leigh (1913 - 1967) and Sir Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989) dressed up for the Sid Field tribute show. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
Actress Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra mourning over the body of actor/husband Laurence Olivier as Antony in Broadway production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra which they perform on alternate nights w. Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra during limited run. (Photo by Cornell Capa/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: 1956. Laurence Olivier And His Wife Vivien Leigh (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 13: Laurence Olivier And His Wife Vivien Leigh. 13Th Of July 1956. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
FRANCE - 1957: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in William Shakespeare's ' Titus Andronicus '. Staged of Peter Brook. Paris, theater of Nations, in May, 1957. LIP-161046-037. (Photo by Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2002: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh on stage. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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Once they were married, their passions remained high. A decade into their union, Leigh wrote to her husband, "Whenever you think of me my Larry-boy you will know I am with you adoringly Vivien."

The two called it quits in 1960, but the letters kept coming.

Olivier wrote that he hoped Leigh would be able to "find happiness" now they were free of each other. "I want to say thank you for understanding it all for my sake," reads Oliver's letter addressing their divorce. "You did nobly and bravely and beautifully and I am very oh so sorry, very sorry, that it must have been much hell for you."

Interestingly, the letters also reveal that both Olivier and Leigh thought "Gone With the Wind" would fail. Just goes to show, you never really know what will stand the test of time.

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