DURHAM COTTAGE, HOME TO LAURENCE OLIVIER AND VIVIEN LEIGH FOR 20 YEARS, IS AT RISK OF BEING DEMOLISHED OR DEVELOPED ON IF IT SELLS AT AUCTION.
Please sign this petition to help us preserve Durham Cottage by having it listed as a Listed Building with English Heritage.
Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8 (1960)
Calling all Vivien Leigh and/or Laurence Olivier fans, Anglophiles, English people, Londoners:
Durham Cottage, Vivien and Laurence Olivier’s love nest in Chelsea, London, was auctioned off today. As it isn’t a Grade Listed building (it’s old and has obvious historic value, so why it’s not listed is beyond me), it runs the risk of being drastically remodeled, or worse, demolished.
It may be too late to do anything, but please sign this petition to ask English Heritage to intervene with a temporary grade listing.
Even if you have no idea who Vivien Leigh or Laurence Olivier were, this building has historical value. Plus, it’s a colorful and quirky gem in a sea of brownstone near the Chelsea Royal Hospital. Please add your name to the list!
- Kendra Bean
Vivien Leigh biographer/Fan
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Vivien Leigh on the set of the Waterloo Bridge, 1940
North African Tour
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison and other Hollywood stars attend the “My Fair Lady” premiere at Warners’ Cinema, West End, London. Princess Alexandra arrives with her husband and Earl Mountbatten and is greeted by the cast.
The actress Audrey Hepburn photographed by Elio Sorci at the premiere of her latest movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s" at the Cinema Fiammetta in Rome (Italy), on November 17, 1961.
Audrey was wearing:
- Cocktail dress: Givenchy (sleeveless, all black, body of satin all embroidered with bugle beads and a skirt of grosgrain, of his haute couture collection for the Autumn/Winter 1960/61).
- Earrings: Cartier.
July 30th, 1969: I knew there was something wrong yesterday. I could feel it in my primitive Welsh bones. […]
I’m still nightmared. What could life possibly be without her? Where would I go? What would I do? Everybody else pales by comparison. It’s no use picking up a mini-skirted chick of 18 — she wouldn’t last a week, if that.
I’d die, I suppose, a greatly accelerated death. Anyway, she’s all right. Bastards.
Richard Burton’s diary