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Vivien Leigh

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (5 November 1913 – 7 July 1967) was an English actress. She won two Best Actress Academy Awards for playing "southern belles": Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she also played on stage in London's West End. She was a prolific stage performer, frequently in collaboration with her then-husband, Laurence Olivier, who directed her in several of her roles. During her 30-year stage 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. Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that it sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress. However, ill health proved to be her greatest obstacle. For much of her adult life Leigh had what is now known as bipolar disorder. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, and her career suffered periods of inactivity. She also suffered recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, first diagnosed in the mid-1940s. Leigh and Olivier divorced in 1960, and she worked sporadically in film and theatre until her death from tuberculosis in 1967. Description above from the Wikipedia article Vivien Leigh, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Nov 5, 1913 In Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India
Movie/TV Credits:
24
First Appeared:
In the movie Gentlemen's Agreement 1935-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia DeHavilland 2004-11-05
Known For
Poster of The Deep Blue Sea
Poster of Look Up and Laugh
Poster of Things Are Looking Up
Poster of Gentlemen's Agreement
Filmography
Movie Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia DeHavilland Herself-archive 2004-11-05
Movie That's Entertainment! III 1994-07-01
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Ship of Fools Mary Treadwell 1965-07-29
Movie The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Karen 1961-12-28
Movie The Deep Blue Sea Hester Collyer 1955-11-01
Movie A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois 1951-09-18
Movie The Screen Director Herself 1951-03-12
Movie Anna Karenina Anna Karenina 1948-01-22
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Caesar and Cleopatra Cleopatra 1945-12-11
Movie That Hamilton Woman Emma Lady Hamilton 1941-04-03
Movie 21 Days Wanda 1940-04-29
Movie Waterloo Bridge Myra 1940-05-17
Movie Gone with the Wind Scarlett O'Hara 1939-12-15
Movie St. Martin's Lane Liberty aka Libby 1938-10-18
Movie A Yank at Oxford Elsa Craddock 1938-02-18
Movie Storm in a Teacup Victoria 'Vickie' Gow 1937-02-25
Movie Dark Journey Madeleine Goddard 1937-07-02
Movie Fire Over England Cynthia 1937-02-25
Movie Gentlemen's Agreement Phil Stanley 1935-01-01
Movie The Village Squire Rose Venables 1935-04-14
Movie Things Are Looking Up Schoolgirl (uncredited) 1935-06-09
Movie Look Up and Laugh Marjorie Belfer 1935-08-13