Rick, thanks for the information! I recall reading in some biography that Eliot broke down in tears when he was informed of Vivienne's death, which struck me as odd since he never visited her during her hospitalization and avoided her before that. If he knew she killed herself, it might explain his reaction. Diana

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Date:  Wed, 13 Sep 2006 07:03:18 -0400
Diana Manister wrote:
> Any info about Viv's suicide as mentioned in the current Guardian?
> ...
> How it ended: Separated in 1932; Viv died, probably of an overdose,
> in 1947.

Page 568 of "Painted Shadow" says officially she died of a heart
attack.  The heart attack MIGHT have been caused by an overdose but
even then one must determine whether it was by accident or on purpose
and by whom.  Maurice, Viv's brother, did say that she saved up her

     Rick Parker