Leigh and Kanin were good friends, and she had hoped to act in one of his plays as this letter indicates. "My Dearest Garson, You know without my telling you how dearly I would love to work with you & I was just praying that this play would be the one – But dear friend please forgive me when I say I wish I could not find myself insufficiently interested in the characters. Cynthia herself seems so totally without heart – without enough wit or fun by way of compensation – oh dear – I am so miserable at having to write this I believe which is useless to be anything but honest about it isn’t it? As you well know after the kind of wretchedness we have just been through with this play – this judgement is not always the clearest & I just hope I am wrong & that you will find someone & have a glorious success with it – I am endlessly grateful anyway darling that you should have thought of me. We finish here next week – I shall be back in London 16th – Please please write, Garson ,& tell me you forgive me for what has been a heartbreaking decision to make- All my dearest deepest love from both – Vivien ." Leigh likely refers to the play, “La Contessa,” previewed to poor reception in Newcastle and Liverpool in April and Manchester in May 1965, when she wrote this letter.
Also In 1965, her final film, "Ship of Fools" was released, and two years later, she died of tuberculosis which had plagued her much of her adult life. Vivien Leigh is considered one of the greatest actresses of stage and screen.