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The American opening of Wuthering Heights, in Hollywood, was a triumph for Olivier. Eleanor Roosevelt, Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks Junior, Paulette Goddard, Merle Oberon, and the David Selznicks were there. Louella Parsons wrote that the film buried forever any idea that he resembled Ronald Colman; he was a personality entirely on his own and his performance as the sulky stable boy was magnificent. The Los Angeles News said the Hollywood mob took one look and wished it had shown better judgment in appreciating his talents while he was in town before—a reference to the Garbo fiasco. The New York Times said, “Mr. Olivier is one of those once in a lifetime things, a case of a player physically and emotionally ordained for a role.” Hedda Hopper, the gossip columnist whose good opinion was gold dust, wrote: “When Laurence Olivier says, ‘Come here, you're mine,’ how gladly you’d go.” But by this time Vivien was exhausted and hysterical, and Olivier was summoned by Selznick to go to her. He was released from dress rehearsals of his play. There followed the familiar adventures of night flights, telegrams, clandestine meetings, and joyous letters. They were again doing what they did best.
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Olivier, Laurence, -- 1907-
Actors -- Great Britain -- Biography.