Has there ever been an actress who combined these timeless remarkable qualities - talent,
staggering beauty, engaging personality, and undeniable passion?
If you don't know anything about Vivien Leigh, you have probably heard about her
unforgettable role in Gone with the Wind (1939). A British actress became the most
beautiful Southern Belle of all times.
You could have probably heard that Vivien was deeply in love with an actor Laurence
Olivier. It was true. Their affair began in 1937 while playing lovers in the film
Fire Over England. They both were already married and both were parents at that time.
However, on August 31st, 1940 Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were married in Santa
Barbara, California. They had lived together for 40 years. Together they had played
in movies three times, as well as many, many times in theatre.
In theatre, Vivien Leigh played marvelous heroines such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet,
and Lady Macbeth. She had also played Blanche DuBois both in theatre (1949) and in the
movie Streetcar named Desire (1951).
Vivien’s illnesses, tuberculosis and bipolar disorder drastically changed her career
and life. Laurence Olivier divorced her in 1960. In spite of her illnesses and
the divorce, Vivien had continued working sporadically in movies and theatre until
her unexpected death in July 7, 1967.
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