Vivien Leigh
Basic facts

Vivien Leigh in a big green dress.
I'm not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.

Life span

born: November 5, 1913
died: July 8, 1967
lived: 53 years


161cm (5'3")

Average weight

47kg (104lbs)

Place of birth

Darjeeling - an Indian city with a beautiful view of the Himalayas.


  • Vivling (given by her father)
  • Bibbs
  • Viv
  • V

Romanced with...

  • John Buckmaster
  • Peter Finch

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian

Favorite color


Favorite sports

  • tennis
  • croquet
  • chess

Favorite perfume

Joy by Jean Patou

Favorite flower

white rose

Favorite brain activity

solving crosswords

Favorite role

Myra Lester in "Waterloo Bridge"

Favorite author

Charles Dickens - since Alexander Woollcott gave her a collection of Dickens letters as a wedding present, she fell in love with Dickens and he quickly became her absolute favorite.

Favorite politician

Winston Churchill - the two wrote letters to each other from time to time, were on friendly terms and socialized on multiple occasions. Lady Hamilton was Churchill's favorite movie.


  • reading
  • gardening
  • going to the theater
  • watching movies
  • collecting paintings
  • interior design

Biggest fear


Biggest complex

big hands - Viv was obsessed about the size of her hands, constantly afraid that people will make fun of how big they are. She hid them whenever she could and wore gloves to made their imaginary gigantic size harder to notice.

Avg. hours of sleep

6 hours - a hard worker with endless energy reserves, she didn't sleep much and functioned well nevertheless.

Favorite alcohol

  • gin and tonic
  • wine (with Olivier, they had a private wine cellar in Notley Abbey)

Other drugs consumed

cigarettes - heavily addicted to them, she supposedly smoked up to 4 packs per day, which she did during the making of "Gone with the Wind".

Lacked talent with...

painting - Viv was initially interested in it and even took classes to learn to draw, but with very poor results.

Financial flop movies

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Deep Blue Sea

Most hated words

  • 'beautiful'
  • 'pretty'