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As Vivien Leigh once said and I agree:

“MY  BIRTH  SIGN  IS  SCORPIO.  I  SAY  WHAT  I  THINK  AND  I  DON’T  PRETEND  AND  I  AM  PREPARED  TO  ACCEPT  THE  CONSEQUENCES  OF  MY  ACTIONS.”

Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was a British actress. She won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois  in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951), a role she also played on stage in London’s West End, as well as for her portrayal of the Southern Belle Scarlett O’Hara, alongside Clark Gable, in the American Civil War Drama “Gone With The Wind”.

She was a prolific stage performer, frequently in collaboration with her then-husband, Laurence Olivier, who directed her in several of her roles. During her 30-year stage career, she played roles ranging from the heroines of Noel Coward and George Bernard Shaw comedies to classic Shakesperean characters such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet and Lady Macbeth..

Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that it sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress. However, ill health proved to be her greatest obstacle. For much of her adult life Leigh suffered from bopolar disorder. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, and her career suffered periods of inactivity. She also suffered recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, first diagnosed in the mid-1940s. Leigh and Olivier divorced in 1960, and she worked sporadically in film and theatre until her death from tuberculosis in 1967.

She is ranked 16th on AFI’s 100 Years…..100Stars list, unveiled on 15 June 1999 by the American Film Institute.

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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Eric Lindsay, Vivien Leigh

 

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