Vivien Greene was the wife of noted English Catholic writer Graham Greene. Born Vivienne Dayrell-Browning on August 1, 1905, Vivien (the spelling she later used) spent time in her early years in Bristol, Liverpool, Munich, and Antwerp. She converted to Catholicism in 1922.
Graham and Vivien met while she was working at Blackwell's publishing company. Graham visited Blackwell's to speak about his book of poems entitled "Babbling April." After meeting her, Graham converted to Catholicism. In 1927, Vivien married Graham Greene in Hampstead. Graham embarked on a brilliant literary career, but they had a tumultuous relationship.
The Greenes had two children, Francis and Lucy.
Vivien was a collector of doll houses, and authored two books: "English Dolls' Houses of the 18th and 19th Centuries," published in 1955; and "Family Dolls' Houses," published in 1977.
In time, Graham became involved in an affair with Catherine Walston. Graham and Vivien separated in 1948, but they never officially divorced. Graham Greene died in 1991. Vivien Greene died on August 19, 2003.
[Source: Vivien Green's obituary. "The Independent," August 21, 2003.]