Vivien Leigh young
November 5, 1913
5 ft 3 in | 160 cm
35-25-35 in | 89-64-89 cm
51 kg | 112 pounds
8 US | 38 EU
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).
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
That Hamilton Woman (1941) drama with Laurence Olivier
Ship of Fools (1965) drama with Lee Marvin
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) drama with Claude Rains
Fire Over England (1937) drama with Laurence Olivier
Anna Karenina (1948) drama with Ralph Richardson
Storm in a Teacup (1937) romantic comedy with Rex Harrison
Sidewalks of London (1938) comedy drama with Rex Harrison
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) romantic drama opposite Warren Beatty
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).
Actresses go on for a long time and there are always marvelous parts to play.
Some critics saw fit to say that I was a great movies actress. I thought that was a foolish, wicked thing to say because it put such an onus and such a responsibility onto me, which I simply wasn't able to carry.
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.
Life is too short to work so hard.
I don't know what that Method is. Acting is life, to me, and should be.
Every single night I'm nervous. You never know how the audience is going to react.