Kendra Beanis creating a Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier Archive
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For just $2 or more per month, you'll be secure in the knowledge that you're contributing to furthering the legacies of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Plus...
**A postcard with a hand-written thank-you note; access to the patron's-only feed; and your name on the special 'Patrons' page at vivandlarry.com! You'll also be able to participate in Q&A video sessions every other month, where I'll answer your questions about my work, my life, Vivien Leigh's life, etc!
** A Viv and/or Larry article each month.
**A scanned photograph each month.
I'm an author and film historian, but most people probably know me for being the owner of VivAndLarry.com - the online archive and tribute to actors Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Since 2007, I've shared blog posts, exclusive and rare images, videos, and other Viv and Larry-related content with the classic film community.
This has been a total labor of love for the past 12 years (TWELVE!), and I'm so thrilled by the community that has sprung up around the website. It's amazing to be able to connect with people who share the same geeky interests!
Cool story. Why Patreon?
What you may not know is that maintaining the site and all of its associated activities and social media also costs money, not to mention a lot of time and effort. In addition to many of the photographs I share, I pay for web hosting, Photoshop, access to newspaper archives, and archival storage material to safeguard vintage collectibles. Over the years this has amounted to literally thousands of dollars, about 95% of which has been out of pocket.
This past year, I've levelled up from amateur to more serious Viv and Larry collector with the purchase of private photo albums from the Vivien Leigh estate and, most recently, the Richard Mangan Laurence Olivier ephemera collection. I really want to keep sharing content with the fan community and make this new material available to researchers and fellow enthusiasts. By becoming a Viv and Larry Patron, you'll help to safeguard this rare and fascinating material and to make it available to wider audiences. You'll also help to ensure that vivandlarry.com stays online. PLUS you'll get exclusive content for your personal enjoyment! Give a little, get a little! Everyone wins!
What your patronage goes toward:
- Archival materials to safeguard and store the collection (boxes, photo sleeves, folders, gloves, etc.)
- Continued web hosting for vivandlarry.com
- Photoshop subscription
- British Newspaper Archive subscription
- Dropbox subscription
- Extra storage space (i.e. shelving)
Thank you for helping me to continue honouring the legacies of these two brilliant artists!
There are 30 large three-ring binders full of original Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier photographs, playbills, cuttings, and other ephemera that need repackaging! When I reach 50 patrons I'll be able to start buying this preservation material in bulk. THINK OF THE PAPER!