Reissue Poster 1960(s?)
21 Inch x 41 Inch

Vivien Leigh & Robert Taylor
"Waterloo Bridge" 1940
Original Vintage Photo

Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier
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Illustration as "Scarlett O'hara", "Gone With The Wind" 1939.
Vivien has written,"It would have been even lovlier (sic) if you had been here dear Ron - We enjoyed thinking of you and talking about you -
ALS (Autographed Letter Signed)





7.5" x 10"
Signed with sentiment - "All Good Wishes"


Biography for
Vivien Leigh

5' 3"

Mini biography
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is 6 years old the first time her parents take her to England. Her mother thinks she should have a proper English upbringing and insists on leaving her in a convent school - even though Vivien is two years younger than any of the other girls at the school. The only comfort for the lonely child is a cat that was in the courtyard of the school that the nuns let her take up to her dormitory. Her first and best friend at the school is an 8-year-old girl, 'Maureen O'Sullivan' who has been transplanted from Ireland. In the bleakness of a convent school, the two girls can recreate in their imaginations the places they have left and places where they would some day like to travel. After Vivien has been at the school for 18 months, her mother comes again from India and takes her to a play in London. In the next six months, Vivien will insist in seeing the same play 16 times. In India, the British community entertained themselves at amateur theatricals and Vivien's father was a leading man. Pupils at the English convent school are eager to perform in school plays. It's an all girls school so some of the girls have to play the male roles. The male roles are so much more adventurous. Vivien's favorite actor is Leslie Howard and when she is 19 she marries an English barrister who looks very much like him. The year is 1932. Vivien's best friend from that convent school has gone to California where she is making movies. Vivien has an opportunity to play a small role in an English film, "Things Are Looking Up" (1935). She has only one line but the camera keeps returning to her face. The London stage is more exciting than the movies being filmed in England and the most thrilling actor on that stage is Laurence Olivier. At a party, Vivien finds out about a stage role, "The Green Sash", where the only requirement is that the leading lady be beautiful. The play has a very brief run, but now she is a real actress. An English film is going to be made about Elizabeth I. Laurence gets the role of a young favorite of the queen who is sent to Spain. Vivien gets a much smaller role as a lady-in-waiting of the queen who is in love with Laurence's character. In real life, both fall in love while making the film, "Fire Over England", that is shown in British and American movie theaters in 1937. In 1938, Hollywood wants Laurence to play Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights". Vivien, who has just recently read "Gone With The Wind", thinks that the role of Scarlett O'Hara is the first role for an actress that would be really exciting to bring to the screen. She sails to America for a brief vacation. In New York, she gets on a plane for the first time to rush to California to see Laurence. They have dinner with Myron Selznick the night that his brother David Selznick is burning Atlanta on a backlot of MGM. Actually they are burning old sets that go back to the early days of silent films to make room to recreate an Atlanta of the 1860s. Vivien is 26 when "Gone With The Wind" makes a sweep of the Oscars in 1939. So let's show 26-year-old Vivien walking up to the stage to accept her Oscar and then as the Oscar is presented the camera focuses on Vivien's face and through the 1990s magic of altering images the 26-year-old face merges into the face of Vivien at age 38 getting her second Best Actress Oscar for portraying Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire". She wouldn't have returned to America to make that film had not Laurence been going over there to do a film based on Theodore Dreiser's novel "Sister Carrie". The film was called "Carrie". Laurence tells their friends that his motive for going to Hollywood to make films is to get enough money to produce his own plays for the London stage. He even has his own theater there, the St. James. Now Sir Laurence, with a seat in the British House of Lords, is accompanied by Vivien the day the lords are debating about whether the St James should be torn down. Breaking protocol, Vivien speaks up and is escorted from the House of Lords. The publicity helps raise the funds to save the St. James. Throughout their two-decade marriage Laurence and Vivien were acting together on the stage in London and New York. Vivien was no longer Lady Olivier when she performed her last major film role, "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (1962).
IMDb mini-biography by
Dale O'Connor <>

Mini biography
Vivien Mary Hartley was born on November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling, India a strange place for one of the world's most celebrated actresses to be born. She was to live in this beautiful country for the next six years. Her parents wanted to come back to England but because of The Great War (W.W.I) they opted to stay in India. At the end of the war the Hartley's headed back to their home country where Vivien's mother wanted her daughter to have a convent education. She was one of the youngest in attendance. While there her mother came for a visit and took her to a play on London's legendary West Side. It was there that Vivien decided to become an actress. At the end of her education, she met and married Herbert Leigh in 1932 and together had a child named Suzanne in 1933. Though she enjoyed motherhood, it did not squelch her ambition to be an actress. Her first role in British motion pictures was as Rose Venables in 1935's THE VILLAGE SQUIRE. That same year Vivien appeared in THINGS ARE LOOKING UP, LOOK UP AND LAUGH, and GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT. In 1938, Vivien went to the US to see her lover Laurence Olivier who was filming WUTHERING HEIGHTS (she had left her husband in 1937). While visiting Olivier Vivien had the good luck to happen upon the Selznick brothers who were filming the burning of Atlanta for the film, GONE WITH THE WIND, based on Margaret Mitchell's novel. The role of Scarlett O'Hara had yet to be cast and she was invited to take part in a screen test for the role. There had already been much talk, in Hollywood, about who was to be cast as Scarlett. There were some big names that had tried out for the part, namely--Norma Shearer, Katherine Hepburn, and Paulette Goddard. In fact, most in the entertainment circles felt that Miss Goddard was a sure bet for the part. However, four days after the screen test, Vivien was informed that she had landed the coveted slot. The rest as they say is history. GONE WITH THE WIND became one of the most celebrated films in the annals of film. Not only did GWTW win Best Picture during the Academy Awards, but Vivien won for Best Actress. Already she was a household name. In 1940, she made two films, WATERLOO BRIDGE and 21 DAYS though neither approached the magnetism of GWTW. That same year saw Vivien marry Olivier and together appeared in THAT HAMILTON WOMAN in 1941. By the time of the filming of CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA (1944) her life began to unravel. Vivien had suffered two miscarriages, tuberculosis, and was diagnosed as a manic depressive. However her public was still enthralled with her. She rebounded nicely for her role as Blanche DuBois for her second Oscar winning performance in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE opposite Marlon Brando in 1951. She wasn't heard from much after that. She made a film in 1955 (THE DEEP BLUE SEA) and didn't appear again until 1961 in THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE. Vivien's final turn on the silver screen came in 1965's SHIP OF FOOLS and that was a small part. Vivien died at the age of 53 after a severe bout of tuberculosis on July 7, 1967
IMDb mini-biography by
Denny Jackson
Laurence Olivier (1940 - 1960) (divorced)
'Hubert Leigh Holman' (1932 - 1940) (divorced) (barrister); 1 daughter

Won Tony Award-Best Musical Actress (1963) "Tovarich"

(October 1997) Ranked #48 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

Suffered from manic depression

Daughter, with Holman, Suzanne (b.10/12/1933)

Lived with John Merivale from 1959 to her death in 1967.

Interred at Golders Green Crematorium, London, England, UK.

A heavy smoker, Vivian Leigh was smoking almost 4 packs a day during filming of _Gone With The Wind_.

Gertrude Hartley, while awaiting the birth of her child in Darjeeling, spent 15 minutes every morning gazing at the Himalayas in the belief that their astonishing beauty would be passed to her unborn child.

After cremation at Golders Green, London, Vivien Leigh's ashes were scattered on the mill pond at her home, Tickerage Mill, at Blackboys in Sussex.

Scarlett O'Hara might have been played by an actress called APRIL MORN, a stage name she briefly considered before settling on Vivien Leigh.

Green eyes
Personal quotes

"It's much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh." Talking to cricitcs about her reviews for "The Mask of Virtue" (1935), her second play on the London stage:

"Some critics saw fit to say that I was a great actress. I thought that was a foolish, wicket thing to say because it put such an onus and such a responsibility onto me, which I simply wasn't able to carry."

"People who are very beautiful make their own laws."

"Scorpios burn themselves out and eat themselves up and they are careless about themselves - like me. I swing between happiness and misery and I cry easily. I am a mixture of my mother's determination and my father's optimism. I am part prude and part non-conformist and I say what I think and don't dissemble. I am a mixture of French, Irish and Yorkshire, and perhaps that's what it all is."

"A woman's charm is fifty percent illusion."
Gone with the Wind (1939) $25,000 (USA)

Actress - filmography
(1990s) (1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s) (1940s) (1930s)

Tales of Helpmann, The (1990) (archive footage) .... Herself

That's Dancing! (1985) (archive footage)
Laurence Olivier: A Life (1982) (TV) (archive footage) .... Herself

Has Anybody Here Seen Canada? A History of Canadian Movies 1939-1953 (1979) (TV) (archive footage) (uncredited) (unconfirmed) .... Herself (at Oscar dinner, 1942)
... aka From the Dawn of the Documentary to the Coming of the Box (1979) (TV) (Canada: English title: subtitle)
... aka Has Anyone Here Seen Canada? (1979) (TV) (Canada: English title: short title)

Ship of Fools (1965) .... Mary Treadwell
Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, The (1961) .... Karen Stone
... aka Widow and the Gigolo, The (1961)

Deep Blue Sea, The (1955) .... Hester Collyer
Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) .... Blanche DuBois
Screen Director, The (1951) (uncredited) (archive footage) .... Herself

Anna Karenina (1948) .... Anna Karenina
Caesar and Cleopatra (1946) .... Cleopatra
That Hamilton Woman (1941) .... Emma Lady Hamilton
... aka Lady Hamilton (1941) (UK)
Waterloo Bridge (1940) .... Myra Lester
21 Days (1940) .... Wanda
... aka 21 Days Together (1940) (USA)
... aka First and the Last, The (1940)
... aka Twenty-One Days (1940)
... aka Twenty-One Days Together (1940) (USA)

Gone with the Wind (1939) .... Scarlett O'Hara
Sidewalks of London (1938) .... Libby
... aka St. Martin's Lane (1938)
Yank at Oxford, A (1938) .... Elsa Craddock
Storm in a Teacup (1937) .... Victoria Gow
Dark Journey (1937) .... Madeleine Goddard
... aka Anxious Years, The (1937)
Fire Over England (1937) .... Cynthia
Gentlemen's Agreement (1935) .... Phil Stanley
Look Up and Laugh (1935) .... Marjorie Belfer
Things Are Looking Up (1935) .... School Girl
Village Squire, The (1935) .... Rose Venables

Academy Awards, USA
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1952 Won Oscar Best Actress
for: Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)

1940 Won Oscar Best Actress
for: Gone with the Wind (1939)

British Academy Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1953 Won BAFTA Film Award Best British Actress
for: Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)

- USA.

New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1951 Won NYFCC Award Best Actress
for: Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)

1939 Won NYFCC Award Best Actress
for: Gone with the Wind (1939)

Venice Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1951 Won Volpi Cup Best Actress
for: Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951)

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