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Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was a British stage and film actress. She won two Best Actress Academy Awards for her performances as "Southern belles": Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the...Wikipedia

Age: 53 (age at death)
Born: 5th November, 1913, Darjeeling, India
Died: 8th July, 1967, London, England, UK
Height: 5' 3" (160 cm)
Nationality: British
Claim to Fame: Gone With The Wind

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Was fluent in French, German and Italian

 

Peter Finch was discovered by Laurence Olivier in 1948 when Olivier and his theatrical company, which included wife Leigh, were conducting a tour of Australia, Olivier signed the young Aussie to a personal contract and Finch became part of Olivier's theatrical company. He then proceeded to cuckold his mentor and employer by bedding Leigh. Olivier was personally humiliated but ever the trouper, he kept the talented Finch under contract after having brought him back to England, where Finch flourished as an actor. Finch and Leigh carried on a long affair, and since Leigh was bipolar and her manic-depression frequently manifested itself in nymphomania, some speculate that Olivier subconsciously might have been grateful for Finch as he occupied Leigh's hours and kept her out of worse trouble and Olivier from even worse embarrassment. Their on-again, off-again affair reportedly reached a crisis point on the movie Elephant Walk (1954), when they had renewed their affair. However, the instability of their relationship allegedly triggered a nervous breakdown in Leigh, and Olivier had to step in to take care of her.

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Mandy - Vivien never dated Marlon Brando. In his autobiography he said while he was attracted to her, he couldn't bring himself to seduce her because he found Laurence Olivier (her husband), to be 'such a nice guy'. It's even in the Marlon Brando trivia on this website. (1 year ago)
rob1110 - Vivien Leigh was one of the most beautiful women to ever walk the face of the earth!! (3 years ago)
please answer my question - what would Vivien Leigh's hobbies be..? (3 years ago)
Teach - I know she was troubled (bi-polar and all)but she must have had a death wish to go with Brando and Beatty. Teach (3 years ago)
divine_siren - Ah...if only Vivien and Clark really had been in love. They'd have the most beautiful children/sobs (4 years ago)
richardrodgers2 - VIVIEN LEIGH WAS IN THE 1963 BROADWAY MUSICAL TOVARICH . CRITICS FELL IN LOVE WITH LEIGH ,AND THE BEAUTFUL SCORE WRITTEN BY LEE POCKRISS AND ANN CROSWELL, AND LEIGH OF COURSE. SEVEN MONTHS IN TO THE BROADWAY RUN, LEIGH HAD A NERVIOUS BRAKEDOWN DURING A PERFORMANCE ON STAGE. SADLEY SHE LEFT THE BROADWAY MUSICAL IN NOVEMBER OF 1963, AND THE SHOW CLOSED. HOW SAD. (4 years ago)
jd_thompson - Elia Kazan and Vivien Leigh did not get along at all, during the filming of Streetcar they fought constantly. It makes no sense for him to be listed as one of her relationships. and where did walt disney come from? (5 years ago)
honeypie - I think she is stunning!!!! I lurrrve Gone With The Wind! she did an exellent job as Scarlett o`Hara. I luv her personality as scarlett it`s just very Straight forward. other than that Vivien Leigh Rocks!!!!! (5 years ago)
27lavanda - Happy birthday,lady Olivier!! (5 years ago)
27lavanda - Elia Kazan?! Leslie Howard?! Richard Burton?! Walt Disney?! (5 years ago)

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