Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as Lady Olivier after 1947; 5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, for her iconic performances as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of Tovarich (1963). After completing her drama school education, Leigh appeared in small roles in four films in 1935 and progressed to the role of heroine in Fire Over England (1937). Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that her physical attributes sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress. Despite her fame as a screen actress, Leigh was primarily a stage performer. During her 30-year career, she played roles ranging from the heroines of Noël Coward and George Bernard Shaw comedies to classic Shakespearean characters such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet, and Lady Macbeth. Later in life, she performed as a character actress in a few films. At the time, the public strongly identified Leigh with her second husband Laurence Olivier, who was her spouse from 1940 to 1960. Leigh and Olivier starred together in many stage productions, with Olivier often directing, and in three films. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, and for much of her adult life she suffered from bipolar disorder as well as recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, which was first diagnosed in the mid-1940s and ultimately claimed her life at the age of 53. Although her career had periods of inactivity, in 1999 the American Film Institute ranked Leigh as the 16th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema. Description above from the Wikipedia article Vivien Leigh, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Darjeeling, Bengal Presidency, British India [now West Bengal, India]
    Birthday
    11/5/1913
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire
7.6
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
8
Ship of Fools
Ship of Fools
6.5
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
6
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
6.7
That Hamilton Woman
That Hamilton Woman
7.1
Waterloo Bridge
Waterloo Bridge
7.6
21 Days
21 Days
6.1
Dark Journey
Dark Journey
6.4
Storm in a Teacup
Storm in a Teacup
7.6
The Deep Blue Sea
The Deep Blue Sea
5.2
The Skin of Our Teeth
The Skin of Our Teeth
0
Vivien Leigh, autant en emporte le vent
Vivien Leigh, autant en emporte le vent
7.5
Caesar and Cleopatra
Caesar and Cleopatra
6.2
St. Martin's Lane
St. Martin's Lane
7.2
Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland
Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland
7.2
Gentlemen's Agreement
Gentlemen's Agreement
7.3
Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
10
Larry & Vivien: The Oliviers in Love
Larry & Vivien: The Oliviers in Love
0
Look Up and Laugh
Look Up and Laugh
4.5
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year
7.5
A Yank at Oxford
A Yank at Oxford
6.7
The Village Squire
6
Fire Over England
Fire Over England
6
Things Are Looking Up
Things Are Looking Up
6
The Screen Director
6
The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful
The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful
10
Jornal Português (1938-1951)
Jornal Português (1938-1951)
0
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories
0
Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman
Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman
0
Hollywood: Style Center of the World
Hollywood: Style Center of the World
5.5
Glorious Technicolor
Glorious Technicolor
6.7
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
6
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
8
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
6.5
Hollywood: The Selznick Years
Hollywood: The Selznick Years
3.3
Hollywood: The Dream Factory
Hollywood: The Dream Factory
6
That's Entertainment! III
That's Entertainment! III
6.9
That's Entertainment, Part II
That's Entertainment, Part II
6.8
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
6.5
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
5.7
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