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Although they both cheated on their respective spouses when they first entered their adulterous affair, there is evidence they both tried to do the right thing at first by going back to their spouses. But their attraction to one another was so powerful that they couldn’t keep apart. He was the love of her life and Larry, although re-married after divorcing her, was said to have expressed the same sentiment about her long after her death. It’s just that tale of the one true love that sadly couldn’t keep them from separating.
“Leigh, you will know how hard it is to write this letter, but you asked me to write after a month had passed. Although I am very happy, I do want to know, Leigh, if you are well & feeling happier, as I do wish & hope with all my heart you are. […] However painful it may seem at the moment, Leigh, I do feel that this is the right thing to have happened for you & me, & I hope that perhaps later we can still be friends, inspite of whatever has come between us. I do pray that it may turn out well, dearest Leigh,
— A letter from Vivien Leigh to her husband, Leigh Holman, after she left him for Laurence Olivier
(This is a blog entry for the Appreciation of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier blogathon)