I think Vivien Leigh’s actions toward her daughter were misconstrued. Claire Bloom worked with Richard Wattis in Christopher Fry’s play RING ROUND THE MOON, during the very early 1950’s, at what is now the JOHN GIELGUD THEATRE; Claire was only eighteen and probably her first role. More:Former Los Angeles Home of Eva Gabor Hits Market for $14 Million. Even though you had to go to great pains at times to get this accomplished, I am forever grateful for all you did to reach your goal! But then again, they say nothing worth having comes easy. I also tried to write to Suzanne, but as you say Kendra, nigh impossible! I met Suzie through mutual friends and can tell you that it was the CSH at Point Grey )where the girls used to point out the chair that had once been sat upon by Vivien Leigh!). It has been in the family now for three generations; Neville's parents bought it back after his grandfather had sold it. I wonder how Sue felt about others sharing their memories. Children: Neville Farrington (born December 5th 1958), Jonathan Farrington(born May 13th 1961) and Rupert Farrington (born August 31st 1962). And I think she would’ve been very pleased with how delicately you treat VL and their whole family! Perhaps she felt enough had been said in that area and did not want to say anymore about it. They were no different to celebs now in many ways, all at it, good luck to them I say – the good old entertainment scene. She could have chosen a public life but she decided to be a wife and mother first and that’s something her own mother didn’t want. It is, after all, a firm that represents high profile clients like Rupert Murdoch). It helps answer questions we get from our visitors. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Trader is lovely and so is Claire Bloom! Ma be Sue’s kids and grandkids will speak.Maybe they won’t be so secretive. She spent most of her life living in Wiltshire, England. Lovely book Kendra, I didn’t even know you’d done this, I have been ill most of late 2013 and all through 2014, I’ll get it ASAP and well done! *Little Flower Academy. I believe het husband died some years before. Daughter of Vivien Leigh and Herbert Leigh Holman. Many people know of her, but few outside her family and immediate circle seem to know much about her. I even remember dreaming about it once – of receiving a letter that said yes, you can use my mother’s letters! It seemed like the worst thing that could happen; that possibly all the time and effort I’d already put in to research and making contacts was for nothing and this book would never come to fruition. order back issues and use the historic Daily Express Outside, the terrace leads to a walled garden with a croquet lawn and there's a vegetable garden and sunken garden with a fish pond. Nice article.I think that I fully understand her reasons of reticense.Firstly,I think once you open the flood gates the whole world pours in and it would be difficult to stop the flow.I’m sure also that after so many years it must be difficult to come up with anything new to say,after all didn’t Suzanne actually say herself that she remembers only a handful of occasions when she remembers even being alone with her mother? But I knew her mother, Gertrude Hartley, much better," he says, adding: "There is one room in particular that my grandmother used to go to called The Blue Room, with views over the farm and barns. Alas, Hiley died in 2008, just a year after I launched this website and a year before I decided I was going to embark on the journey of publishing a book about Vivien. Still, it’s really, really sad you didn’t get to talk to her. Both sons have joined the family firm, that Rupert so abhorred. Is she nice? Express. "And my Dad always used to go fishing in the Wylye Valley.". I never knew he met Suzanne at Notley though – intereting! Make the most of your money by signing up to our newsletter for. We are not responsible for any loss that you may incur as a result of relying on these currency conversions. It is she replied, she was my mother. Dear Kendra, Neville Farrington "She and he, and Olivier for that matter, had a love of old English houses and old English gardens. Anyone else reading this might like to Google our house and find out about the exhibition that runs to December. I loved how through your determination you achieved your goal, and now I’m off to find your book. There a range of stone outbuildings including barns and workshops. I was a friend of Rupert and Blue when they lived in a mountain cabin near Boixols (Catalunya). There were definitely more trials and tribulations than I expected to encounter going into it. Do you have, in your vast wealth of information on Suzanne Holman Farrington’s life, any idea what convent school and subsequent ‘day school’ Suzanne attended in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the start of WWII? Very nice to hear from you! And waited, and waited some more. Leigh's grandson, Neville Farrington, said: 'The house itself is wonderful. There are four large bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first floor and two more bedrooms on the second floor. It’s telling that she changed her mind and said yes! She helped my grandfather choose Manor Farm House and helped him decorate it and do the garden. There were moments of great stress thinking about what she might say, if anything. "It’s quite untouched and hasn't been spoiled.". Some people bring up the fact she did not look like Vivien Leigh she looked like her father Leigh Holman I think. She's on every other page of the visitors' book until her death in 1967. Vancouver, British Columbia. She was definitely sent a copy at the time of publication. This brings us back to the question “Who was Suzanne?” As a Vivien Leigh fan, I know I speak for many when I say that it would have been great if she’d opened up about her mom in a documentary or something. “You’re not like your mother, are you?” he said to her, without thinking. After completing her education at Sherborne School for Girls and a Swiss finishing school, beginning in 1951, Suzanne studied for two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. We had big family gatherings and spent wonderful holidays there. Dopo aver visto la sua fotografia da neonato avrei più voglia di prima e piacere ricevere sue notizie che spero buone o di scrivermi direttamente ancora con lui! Leigh was married to Holman for eight years, until she divorced him in 1940 to marry Laurence Olivier. It was a crushing blow, but I refused give up. I can relate to her. So I carefully drafted a letter to Suzanne stating my mission and telling her about myself and the work I’d done so far. I stayed in a similar situation and am raising my children, but abusive mother’s can confuse you. It was very difficult to get in touch with Suzanne. “Thank God.”. Vivien’s sister-in-law, Hester St John-Ives (who sadly passed away just after Christmas last year), was friendly with Suzanne and offered to phone and vouch for me. Many years ago I met a woman who said she was the daughter of Vivien Leigh. "My mother Suzanne Farrington (Leigh's daughter) lived in Manor Farm House up until her death two-and-a half-years ago. She passed away presumably at home in Lower Zeals, Wiltshire, of unstated causes at age 81. People were very upset when Anne Edwards revealed that Vivien was a manic depressive and wrote op-ed comments about how that book never would have been published when Gertrude Hartley was still alive. I am not a native English speaker so I’m sorry for any mistakes that I might have made. Vivien with Suzanne and first-born grandchild, Neville Farrington, 1958. She lives in Yorkshire and is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, and co-author of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies (Running Press). She was Suzanne not Vivien a different person and her life took a different path to her famous mother Vivien Leigh. Their son Ashua was a baby and Sean was on the way. On Sept. 26, Sotheby’s will be auctioning art, photographs, memorabilia and jewelry from the estate of the Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh in London. DISCLAIMER: The currency conversion is provided for illustration purposes only. March 12, 2015. Well, it helped that I had someone who vouched for me at the last minute, but I was very grateful that she allowed it in the end. Then I sent the letter via her lawyer, who passed it on for me (though not, I strongly suspect, with any sort of word of encouragement. Indeed, though they were no longer married, Leigh helped Holman choose the house in 1959 when he took a 21-year lease on the property. I also wondered how Sue dealt with Viv bipolar. Kendra has been the weblady at vivandlarry.com since 2007. Yes she has been quite candid about her affair with Laurence Olivier which I believe took place during the filming of Richard the third in the 1950’s. After about three months, I received a curt email from the lawyer saying he regretted to inform me that neither Suzanne nor Joan Plowright (who I hadn’t enquired about) was willing to let me use anything under their copyright. Subsequently, Leigh and Holman’s only daughter took over the estate. A per, Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in Alfred Hitch, Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, and Alfred Hitchc, Well, I watched the new adaptation of REBECCA on N, Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier listen to direct, Vivien Leigh and @sirnoelcoward at the London Prem, Vivien Leigh and Charles Laughton on the cover of, Paris, 1947: Vivien Leigh during costume fittings, “I have had no sleep since the night before last, Gertrude Hartley: Making a career of glamour, Collections Cataloguing: Box 6 (and other things), Collections cataloguing: Box 5 (and Vivien Leigh in Chinese). I figured the powers that be would recognize that if I had wanted to write some sort of trashy tell-all about Vivien, I wouldn’t even bother asking permission for anything. It's got tall ceilings and lots of light in the rooms and it's got barrels of character. It’s been a few years, but this gave me a strong urge to comment. Conobbi Neville Farrington in Italia negli anni 70/80 ad Assisi, voleva bene a tutta la sua famiglia, alla loro fattoria fuori Londra ed alla famosa zia Vivien Leigh con me ne parlava volentieri anche se ricordo poco.