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Now 200 unpublished letters between the two lovebirds will be made public.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."
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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