Alexander Walker, author of Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh, writes in his foreword: "...Vivien died at fifty-three with tragic unexpectedness leaving millions the sadder for the extinction of that almost royal aura and beauty which could still suggest the dazzingly lovely girl - the 'lass unparallel'd', as one memorial puts it - who gained overnight celebrity in 1935, and never lost her power to fascinate her own generation and all subsequent ones."
|Vivien Leigh as Lady Hamilton in That Hamilton Woman|
She married her first husband, Leigh Holman, in December, 1932. In 1933, she gave birth to her only child, Suzanne.
|Vivien on her wedding day to Leigh Holman|
Vivien's stage career began with The Green Sash, which only lasted about a week. However, her next play in 1935, The Mask of Virtue, had everyone talking. The role was Henriette, a prostitute masquerading as an "angel of purity".
|The Mask of Virtue|
|Olivier and Leigh in Twenty-One Days|
|Olivier and Leigh as ill-fated lovers Romeo and Juliet|
|Taking a break on the set of GWTW|
|A Streetcar Named Desire|
During her lifetime, Vivien suffered from tuberculosis and manic-depression (bipolar disorder). Unfortunately, back then, bipolar disorder was treated with shock therapy, which Viven underwent several times. She died July 7, 1967, just shy of her 54th birthday and was cremated.
My fascination with Vivien Leigh began with Gone With The Wind. This legendary movie was only on TV once a year and it was a BIG deal in our house. As a teenager, I became fascinated with the love story of Leigh and Olivier. I began to collect as many articles and photos of these two amazingly talented people that I could find. Unfortunately, as a teenager, I didn't think twice about tearing up old magazines or cutting out the pictures and disregarding the rest. Of course, now I know what a big no-no that is! I have a huge collection of old theater magazines, photos, clippings and books that I'll share in a future post.
Thanks to everyone who stops by and reads this post dedicated to one of the world's greatest actresses.