"It is needless to repeat here my truly huge happiness over the picture and particularly
your part in it. It is the Blanche I had always dreamed of and I am grateful to you for bringing
it so beautifully to life on the screen."
Tennessee Willams in a letter to Vivien Leigh, 1950. Writer and Screenplay: Tennessee Williams Director: Elia Kazan Producer: Charles Feldman Composer: Alex North Costumes: Lucinda Ballard (nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design) Could be Blanche DuBois: Jessica Tandy or Olivia de Havilland Fees: Vivien's fee was $100,000; Marlon Bradno received $75,000 Opened: 1 December 1951 (West Germany) Starring: Vivien Leigh (Blanche DuBois), Marlon Brando (Stanley Kowalski),
Kim Hunter (Stella Kowalski, Blanche's sister), Karl Malden (Harold "Mitch" Mitchell),
and Rudy Bond (Steve Hubbel) Won 4 Academy Awards: Best Actress for Vivien Leigh, Best Supporting Actress
for Kim Hunter, and Best Supporting Actor for Karl Malden
When the prop man asked Vivien: "What sort of things do you think Blanche would have on her
table next to bed?" she decided it would be a picture of Blanche when she was young, and objects
that came from her past - a dance program, a gift from an admirer, a picture of her family home.
Karl Malden: Everybody in the play was in that movie, except Jessica.