Vivian Mary Hartley was born in 1913 in Darjeeling, India. Maybe this name doesn’t ring any bells, but what if we tell you she has two Oscars, one playing Scarlett O’Hara and the second with her character Blache DuBois…
Vivien Leigh is one of the best actresses in Hollywood. It is also considered one of the most beautiful of all time And we also think it, but that is another story. Her line “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!” is one of the most famous in the history of cinema. The movie, Gone with the Wind is too.
Let us remember some details of this actress:
She was never hungry in her life. She was born in a rich family living in India. She attended schools in Europe, notably in Dinard, Biarritz, , San Remo and Paris, becoming fluent in both French and Italian
One of her best Friends during school was Maureen O’Sullivan, who plays Jane in the Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller.
She suffered from bipolar disorder and was obsessed with the size of her hands. She thought they were too big.
She got married when she was 19. This marriage lasted 8 years, till she met the love of her life, Laurence Olivier.
They were both married when they started dating and got divorced.
Scarlett O’Hara was not meant to be played by her. Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard, Lucille Ball and Carole Lombard, Clark Gable’s wife, were some other choices.
Vivian Leigh had to rehearse a lot to get the southern accent of the character.
Both Clark Gable and herself smoked a lot. Clark Gable smoked three packets a day, and Vivien… 4!
Vivian Leigh was 25 years when she played Gone with the Wind. The character was 16 at the beginning of the movie.
She always preferred theatre and only played in a few movies. Just 19. Since Gone with the Wind, in 1936 to A Streetcar named Desire, the top of her career, 5 movies in 15 years.
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