Born In: Darjeeling, India
Vivien Leigh, born as Vivian Mary Harley, was a British film and theatre actress, most famous for her Hollywood movies ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘A Street Car named Desire’. She won two Academy Best Actress Awards and two New York Film Critics Circle Awards for both the films. She was not just a movie actress but also a very good theatre performer and for her Musical Broadway, ‘Tovarich’, she earned a Tony Award. Leigh’s desire to become an actress started very young and her father supported her in her aspiration by enrolling her into an acting school in London. She did many British and Hollywood movies and was famous for various Shakespearean characters that she played on the stage–– ‘Cleopatra’, ‘Juliet’, ‘Ophelia’, etc. She was known to be the most beautiful actress of her time. Leigh had a troubled personal life as she suffered from manic depression and bi-polar disorder her entire adult life, which gravely affected her personal relationships.
Also Known As: Vivian Mary Hartley, Lady Olivier
Died At Age: 53
Spouse/Ex-: Herbert Leigh Holman (m. 1932–1940), Laurence Olivier (m. 1940–1960)
father: Ernest Hartley
mother: Gertrude Mary Frances Robinson (née Yackjee; 1888–1972)
children: Suzanne Farrington
Born Country: India
place of death: London, England
Notable Alumni: Convent Of The Sacred Heart
City: Darjeeling, India
Cause of Death: Tuberculosis
epitaphs: Now boast thee, death,, in thy possesion lies, A lass unparallel'd
education: Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, Convent Of The Sacred Heart
Vivien Leigh was born on November 5, 1913, in Darjeeling in the Bengal Presidency of British India to Earnest Hartley and Gertrude May Frances. Her father was a clerk in the brokerage offices of Piggott Chapman and Company in Bengal.
Leigh was sent back to England at the age of 6 and was made to attend Woldingham School in Roehampton. She went on a tour with her father to Europe and completed her schooling at different schools all around Europe.
In 1937, Leigh did, ‘Fire Over England’ opposite Laurence Olivier. It was based on a novel with same title and was directed by William K. Howard. This movie was the onset of the affair between Leigh and Olivier.
Leigh got married to Herbert Leigh Holman, a barrister, in 1932; he was thirteen years older to her. He was against her theatrical endeavors, which is why she left RADA in the middle. They had a daughter together, Suzanne.
In 1940, after finally receiving divorces from their respective partners, Leigh and Olivier got married in Santa Barbara, California. But their marriage was also clouded with problems. They both got divorced in 1960, and she started an affair with actor Jack Merivale, who was very well aware of her mental condition. They never got married but stayed together until her death.
Leigh collapsed on the floor of her room on the night of July 7, 1967, and was found dead by Merivale. She was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium and her ashes were scattered in a lake in Sussex.
Vivien Leigh Movies
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|1952||Best Actress in a Leading Role||A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)|
|1940||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Gone with the Wind (1939)|
|1953||Best British Actress||A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)|
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