Vivien Leigh

Young Vivien Leigh looking straight at the camera.

BORN

November 5, 1913

DIED

July 8, 1967

OCCUPATION

actress

FAMOUS FOR

role of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind"


Facts

Romanced with...

  • John Buckmaster
  • Peter Finch

Favorite perfume

'Joy' by Jean Patou

Lacked talent with...

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

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Career

timeframeevents
1920-1935childhood years
1935first agent, first play, work with Basil Dean
1935The Mask of Virtue (play)
1936-1937failed productions, Fire Over England
1937-1938busy years before Gone with the Wind
1940-1941Rebecca, Waterloo Bridge, Romeo and Juliet, That Hamilton Woman
1942-1945The Doctor’s Dilemma, Caesar and Cleopatra
1945-1948The Skin of Our Teeth, Anna Karenina, The School for Scandal
1949-1954Antigone, A Streetcar Named Desire, two Cleopatras, Elephant Walk
1953-1960The Sleeping Prince, The Deep Blue Sea, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre plays, South Sea Bubble, Duel of Angels, Look After Lulu
1949-1954The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, Tovarich, Ship of Fools, La Contessa, Ivanov

Childhood years

  • birth
  • initial theatre contact
  • leaving India for convent
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Personality

agreeableness

40%

conscientiousness

95%

extraversion

90%

neuroticism

80%

openness

80%
gauge

reputation

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Schools attended

  • adjusting to the convent life
  • Dinard, San Remo, Paris and Bad Reichenhall schools
  • getting accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
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Marriage to Herbert Leigh Holman

  • first contact
  • wedding, honeymoon, pregnancy
  • divorce, reasons why it happened
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History of mental illness

timeframebackground
1913-1931childhood in India, move to a convent
1938-1945Gone with the Wind, World War 2
1945-1954Caesar & Cleopatra, Elephant Walk
1956-1967end of Olivier marriage, relationship with Merivale

Interviews

yeartitleinterviewer
1958Small WorldEdward R. Murrow
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