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Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh
Photo: Fawcett Publications / Public domain / Wikimedia Commons

Birth Date

November 5, 1913


July 8, 1967


United Kingdom

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Dark Brown

Eye color



5 ft 3 in | 160 cm

Body Measurements

35-25-35 in | 89-64-89 cm


51 kg | 112 pounds

Bra Size


Shoe size

8 US | 38 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Vivien Leigh was born in Darjeeling, Bengal Presidency, British India, on November 5, 1913, was an English actress.

Young Vivien Leigh got her first stage debut for her mother's amateur theatre group, reciting "Little Bo Peep", at the age of 3.

She made her big screen debut in British comedy film The Village Squire (1935) in role as Rose Venables.

Her breakthrough performance came as Scarlett O'Hara in epic romance film Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

She landed her professional stage debut in a play "The Mask of Virtue" (1935) in role as Henriette Duquesnoy.

She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Tatiana in a play "Tovarich" (1963).

Best Movies

She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Blanche DuBois in drama film A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).

Waterloo Bridge (1940) drama romance opposite Robert Taylor, C. Aubrey Smith and Virginia Field

That Hamilton Woman (1941) drama with Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray and Gladys Cooper

Ship of Fools (1965) drama with Lee Marvin, Oskar Werner and Simone Signoret

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) drama with Claude Rains, Stewart Granger and Flora Robson

Fire Over England (1937) drama with Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson and Raymond Massey

Anna Karenina (1948) drama with Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore and Hugh Dempster

Storm in a Teacup (1937) romantic comedy with Rex Harrison, Cecil Parker and Sara Allgood

Sidewalks of London (1938) comedy drama with Rex Harrison, Charles Laughton and Tyrone Guthrie

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) romantic drama opposite Warren Beatty, Lotte Lenya and Coral Browne


She was the only child.

Studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

She was first British actress to won an Oscar.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.

She was a devoted cat lover, especially Siamese.

Was smoking four packs a day during filming of Gone with the Wind (1939).

Suffered from bipolar disorder.

Her favorite actor was Leslie Howard.

Was close friends with English actress Rachel Kempson.

Vivien died on July 8, 1967, London, United Kingdom, at the age of 53.


She was married to:

Herbert Leigh Holman (1932-1940), they had one daughter

Laurence Olivier (1940-1961)


She dated John Merivale (1961-1967) and Peter Finch (1948-1953).

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