The run-down, ivy-covered mansion used as a ‘love nest’ by acting stars Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, is on sale in one of the most prestigious parts of London.
A stunning Chelsea four-bedroomed property which Laurence Olivier used to share with his new lover, Vivien Leigh, is on the market for £7.5 million.
The loved-up pair moved into the home while working together on Fire Over England in 1937 – a historical drama set in the era of Elizabeth I. Both stars split with their respective spouses after their secret affair and christened the detached two-storey house ‘Durham Cottage’.
The former coachman’s cottage was built in 1850 and was run by the couple’s small staff of a cook-housekeeper, Vivien Leigh’s personal maid and a daily cleaner. A petition on change.org has been set up by “The Vivien Leigh Circle” and is calling for the property to be listed by English Heritage. At an auction a week ago, there was a final bid of £6.9 million.
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