A lovely, petite, fragile stage-trained player whose delicate beauty first graced the screen in 1935, Leigh was born to a British military family stationed in India. Despite her heritage, she remains...
A copy of the Gone With The Wind screenplay signed by more than 20 members of the cast is expected to fetch $32,000 (£20,000) at an upcoming auction. Actor Fred Crane, who played one of Scarlett O'Hara's suitors in the classic 1939 movie, gave the hardback script to his sister-in-law as a present, and it features the autographs of stars Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, plus more than 20 supporting castmembers.
It will go under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in Los Angeles on 1 March (15), and is expected to sell for more than $32,000.
Hollywood classic Gone With The Wind has been named America's favourite film of all time. The 1939 epic starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh topped the 2014 Harris Poll of the most loved U.S. films, seeing off competition from 1977 sci-fi classic Star Wars, which took second place, and Titanic in third.
The top five was rounded out by The Godfather and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which came in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The rest of the top 10 also features It's a Wonderful Life, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and The Sound of Music.
Every once in a while a romantic movie will come along that will just tug at everyone's heart strings due to having a great story and actors with excellent chemistry. We decided to compile a list of 16 movies that have all of these ingredients therefore everyone should see them! Take note of the ones you haven't watched for your next movie night.
1. Beyond The Lights (2014)
The people behind Love & Basketball are back with Beyond The Lights, a love story between a very successful, yet emotionally struggling singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and a handsome man named Kaz (Nate Parker). Since Love & Basketball was so amazing we are definitely looking forward to this new romance!
2. The Artist (2011)
This romantic story is silent but powerful. Watch two performers, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) try to navigate their careers during a time when movies were slowly moving out of the silent movie era.
3. West Side Story (1961)
This movie tells a great forbidden love story with excellent music and dancing. Although the story is mostly between Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer), Anita (Rita Moreno) steals the show in her scenes.
4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
This creative movie tells a story of a young Jamal's (Dev Patel) life through flashbacks as he answers questions on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." A big part of his past is falling in love with Latika (Freido Pinto).
5. The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Prepare yourself emotionally to at least tear up. The story between Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) is heart breaking since they meet in a support group for cancer patients. Together they become each other's support and true love.
6. Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
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We couldn't leave our girl Meg Ryan from this list! In this film she plays Annie, a woman who falls for a widower (Tom Hanks) when he tells his sad story on the radio. This story is pretty crazy, but some of the greatest movie plots are based on crazy...
7. Grease (1978)
If you haven't seen Grease yet then what are you doing?! This musical stars Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta), two high school kids who had a summer romance and get into a weird predicament when they end up going to the same school together. It's fun, it's dirty, and so darn catchy!
8. Casablanca (1943)
This classic will show the beauty of old Hollywood and the reason why Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart will forever be remembered. Their characters cross paths in Africa during World War II and are forced to reflect on their failed relationship.
9. Her (2013)
What would the future of relationships look like if Siri became a thousand times smarter? This movie answers that question with Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falling in love with a operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
10. Titanic (1997)
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This '90s blockbuster showcases Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet playing two characters who are from two completely different classes, but fall in love on the infamous Titanic ship.
11. Gone With The Wind (1939)
This classic features a Southern woman named Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) who comes across a blockade runner (Clark Gabel) and have a passionate relationship during the Civil War.
12. Moonstruck (1987)
This movie is fun and will have you laughing! Moonstruck" shows Loretta Castorini (Cher) getting scandalously close to her fiancé's brother named Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage) while he is away.
13. Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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Yeah, you might have fallen for Ryan Gosling while watching The Notebook, but it's time to branch out to his other work! In this indie film he plays Lars, a man who orders a doll and has a delusion that she is real and they are dating. The whole town ends up playing along pretending that she's real in order to help Lars.
14. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
You just can't go wrong with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper! This duo plays two very dysfunctional characters who cross paths after experiencing tragic endings to their past relationships. You will laugh and be drawn in by their riveting acting and script.
15. Forrest Gump (1994)
Tom Hanks has quite a few great movies in his resume and this one is certainly one of them. Forrest Gump shows a great portion of one man's life from grade school, college, fighting in a war, and so much more. One person that reappears in his life multiple times is Jenny (Robin Wright).
16. The Princess Bride (1987)
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If you're in the mood for a fairytale then tune into this last pick! The movie has a grandfather (Peter Falk) reading a story to his grandson (Fred Savage) that features a princess (Robin Wright), giants, and so much more.
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A lost Gone With The Wind script featuring a change to the film's infamous ending is expected to fetch up to $5,000 (£2,900) at auction. The 1939 Hollywood classic, which stars Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable as lovers, ends with Gable's character Rhett Butler walking out on Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara, telling her, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
Cinema audiences were wowed by his arrogance, and by O'Hara's determined closing line: "After all, tomorrow is another day."
However, a recently found script for the movie contains an alternate ending, with Leigh shouting out to the departing Butler: "Rhett!... Rhett!... You'll come back. You'll come back... I know you will!"
The script will go under the hammer in an online sale via Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, on Monday (04Aug14).
Margaret Barrett, of Heritage Auctions, says, "This alternate ending shows her life is going to be about getting Rhett Butler back whereas in the original she is sad to see him go but it's not the be all and end all.
"I think the directors made the right decision sticking with the original ending because it best shows Scarlett's true character - she was a fighter and that's why we all love her so much... We are starting bidding at $500 (£294) but it could go for $5,000 (£2,900)."
Iconic gowns worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind are among 300 items related to the classic film set to go on display in Texas to mark the movie's 75th anniversary. The Making of Gone With the Wind exhibition will debut at the University of Texas and Austin's Harry Ransom Center in September (14).
Highlights also include costume sketches, storyboards, posters and rare make-up stills featuring Leigh, Clark Gable and Olivia De Haviland.
The green curtain dress Leigh wore as Scarlett O'Hara in the movie will be on show for the first time in more than 25 years.
The collection comes from the archive of movie mogul David O. Selznick, who produced the 1939 film.
An English country estate where Vivien Leigh's ashes are scattered is up for sale. The Gone With The Wind star purchased the lavish five-bedroom mansion in East Sussex, England in 1961 following her divorce from acting legend Laurence Olivier.
Her ashes were scattered on the pond of the former iron mill following her death in 1967.
The property is on the market for $5.6 million (£3.5 million).
Gone With The Wind star Mary Anderson has died at the age of 96. The actress, who played Maybelle Merriwether in the 1939 classic, passed away on Sunday (06Apr14) at a nursing home in Burbank, California.
She was originally cast as Scarlett O'Hara in the adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel, but that role eventually went to Vivien Leigh, and Anderson was relegated to the role of the leading lady's cousin.
Alabama native Anderson also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, opposite Tallulah Bankhead and Hume Cronyn, and 1940s movies Flight Angels, Cheers for Miss Bishop, The Song of Bernadette and To Each His Own. She also portrayed President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor in 1944's Wilson.
The actress also found success on TV in America with a recurring role on Peyton Place in 1964 and appearances on shows like Perry Mason, The Californians and My Three Sons.
She was married to Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy until his death in 1974.
Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'hara lace hat and chiffon scarf from Gone With The Wind and the safari outfit Grace Kelly wore in Mogambo are set to hit the auction block as part of Hollywood veteran and collector Debbie Reynolds' latest sale. The actress is also parting with Gregory Peck's military jacket and shirt from MacArthur, Harpo Marx's top hat and wig and a period dress worn on the big screen by both Ingrid Bergman and Angela Lansbury at the latest Profiles in History memorabilia sale.
Other highlights of the two-day auction, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles in May (14), include: Mae West’s black and ivory period dress from Belle of the Nineties; meticulously tailored studio gowns and wardrobe by legendary designers Adrian and Edith Head from Romeo and Juliet and The Ten Commandments, and an extremely rare Singin’ in the Rain three sheet poster.
All the items come from Reynolds' extensive personal collection of memorabilia.
Actress Gillian Anderson is returning to the theatre to play the coveted role of Blanche DuBois in a new production of Tennessee Williams' classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. Anderson will team up with Australian director Benedict Andrews to work on the play, which will hit the stage at London's Young Vic theatre next summer (14).
The Young Vic's artistic director David Lan tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, "This was Gillian and Benedict working together. They sought each other out, and went through what they'd like to do, and came up with Blanche. With these two people involved there are going to be fireworks on the stage."
The X-Files star began her career in theatre before finding fame on the small screen, but has not taken on a high-profile role in several years.
Blanche DuBois was famously portrayed by Gone With The Wind star Vivien Leigh, who played the role both on the London stage and in the 1951 film adaptation, while other stars to have tackled the southern belle include Cate Blanchett, Faye Dunaway and Rachel Weisz.
A treasure trove of memorabilia documenting the life of Oscar-winning actress Vivien Leigh has been acquired by the curators of a British museum. Bosses of London's Victoria and Albert Museum have become the new owners of an archive which belonged to the Gone With The Wind star's grandchildren.
The items include letters Leigh sent to her husband Sir Laurence Olivier, and other notes addressed to her from stars including Marilyn Monroe, as well as former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and playwright Tennessee Williams.
The collection also includes the visitors' book from Leigh and Olivier's home in Buckinghamshire, England, signed by Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Orson Welles, Judy Garland and Rex Harrison, and the actress' personal diary which she kept for more than 38 years.
Other items include photographs, film and theatre scripts and numerous awards.
Martin Roth, director of the museum, says, "Vivien Leigh is undoubtedly one of the U.K.'s greatest luminaries of stage and screen and along with Laurence Olivier, remains a true star of her time. We are thrilled to acquire her archive intact in this centenary year of her birth and to be able to make it available to the public for the first time."
Leigh died in 1967 at the age of 53.
Last stage appearance in London opposite Olivier in Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" (after touring Europe)
Made stage musical debut on Broadway in "Tovarich"
First screen appearance opposite Olivier, "Fire Over England"
Met Laurence Olivier
Last film, "Ship of Fools"
Played Cleopatra in repertory stagings of Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra" and Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra"
Signed to five-year contract with Alexander Korda
Recreated Blanche onscreen in Elia Kazan's screen version of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Played Ophelia to Olivier's "Hamlet" on stage
US stage debut (with Olivier) in "Romeo and Juliet", directed by Olivier
Traveled with parents for several years throughout Europe
Toured Australia and New Zealand with Olivier in "Richard III", "The School for Scandal" and "The Skin of OUr Teeth"
Played Blanche Dubois in London staging of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Moved to England
Professional stage debut in "The Green Sash" (as Vivian Leigh)
Last stage appearance, "Ivanov"
A lovely, petite, fragile stage-trained player whose delicate beauty first graced the screen in 1935, Leigh was born to a British military family stationed in India. Despite her heritage, she remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles.<p>After a childhood traveling Europe, an apprenticeship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and a brief marriage, Leigh began her career in 1935 with several small stage and screen roles. After making a hit onstage in "The Masque of Virtue" (1935), she was signed by Alexander Korda and appeared as a pretty ingenue in such films as "Fire Over England" (1937), opposite Laurence Olivier, and "Storm in a Teacup" (also 1937), with Rex Harrison. Korda loaned her to MGM for "A Yank at Oxford" (1938), which did more for Robert Taylor than Leigh. That same year, she displayed her screen charisma and charm as a Cockney petty thief who is befriended by street performer Charles Laughton and romanced by songwriter Rex Harrison in the frothy "Sidewalks of London/Saint Martin's Lane". While making her mark in features, Leigh continued to polish her talents onstage, notably as Ophelia to Olivier's "Hamlet" in 1937.<p>By this time, Leigh and Olivier were romantically involved. When he went to the US in late 1938 to make "Wuthering Heights", Leigh followed and won the much-coveted role of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Her Scarlett was a headstrong, willful and colorful portrayal. Despite much flack about a relatively unknown Brit taking the role of the quintessential Southern belle, Leigh was triumphant, won an Oscar and became a bigger star than Olivier (whom she married in 1940).<p>Leigh failed to immediately follow up on her tremendous promise. She starred onstage with Olivier in "Romeo and Juliet" (1940) and made two films. In the fine remake of "Waterloo Bridge" (1940), Leigh's beauty heightened her portrayal of a ballerina in love with an upper-class soldier (Robert Taylor). Through a series of plot machinations, she is reduced to prostitution and has a bittersweet reunion with Taylor, whom she thought was killed during the war. The role was the first of many in which her character suffered mental collapse--ironically mirroring her own bouts with mental illness. She again was a woman of questionable virtue in the biopic of an historical tart in "That Hamilton Woman" (1941, opposite Olivier). Her subsequent career was slowed to fits and starts by the tuberculosis which eventually killed her, and by her own emotional instability.<p>For the rest of her career, Leigh alternated between the stage and screen, giving electrifying, emotional performances in both mediums. She appeared in six films after her initial bout with Hollywood, first in the British productions "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1946), opposite Claude Rains, and as "Anna Karenina" (1948). Her next huge hit was recreating her stage role as the fragile, emotionally unstable Blanche Du Bois in Elia Kazan's film of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951). Her performance as the outsider is enhanced by playing off her Method-trained co-stars, notably Marlon Brando's stunning Stanley, Kim Hunter's torn Stella and Karl Malden's gentle Mitch. Leigh earned a second Best Actress Oscar playing this damaged woman trailing the tattered threads of her sanity behind her, a role some felt was eerily close to Leigh's own personality at times. Her last films consisted of stellar performances as emotionally unstable women in less than stellar films: "The Deep Blue Sea" (1955), as a frustrated, suicidal wife; "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (1961), based on a Tennessee Williams' story, as an elegant, middle-aged actress who is ample bait for Warren Beatty's gigolo; and Stanley Kramer's all-star "Ship of Fools" (1966), as an embittered, flirtatious divorcee.<p>Leigh was, perhaps, happier onstage. She and Olivier toured with the Old Vic company in the late 1940s and early 50s, in such plays as "The School for Scandal", "Anthony and Cleopatra", "Caesar and Cleopatra", "Richard III" and "Antigone." She was directed by Olivier in "The Skin of Our Teeth" (1945) and "The Sleeping Prince" (1954) and scored successes with "Duel of Angels" (1958) and "Look After Lulu" (1959), directed by Noel Coward. In 1963, she made her American musical stage debut in "Tovarich", winning a Tony Award. But health problems began to interfere with her ability to sustain a long run and she frequently missed performances. Her last stage appearance was in "Ivanov" in 1966.<p>Leigh's private life was as stormy as any of her roles. After twenty tempestuous years, she and Olivier divorced in 1960, and her mental illness often transformed her intelligent and sweet nature, making professional and personal relationships problematic at times. By the time she died, a ravaged 53 years old, Vivien Leigh had become one of the broken butterflies she had so often played on stage and screen.
born on October 12, 1933; married insurance broker Robin Farrington in 1957; first child, a son Neville, was born December 1958; had two other sons, Jonathan and Rupert
born in Surrey, England on May 22, 1907; married on August 30, 1940; divorced in 1960; died on July 11, 1989
of Irish descent; married Leigh's father in 1911
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Convent of the Sacred Heart
Her 1939 Oscar was sold at auction in 1993 for $563,500.
"Even if she had not played Scarlett O'Hara, the most coveted role in movie history, it is probable that Vivien Leigh's striking Dresden Shepherdess beauty would have won her a place among the great stars. She was recognized, even by unbelievers, as one of the beauties of her era: what with that and Scarlett, and for being much of her life Lady Olivier, fame and acclaim rather obscured her actual ability."--David Shipman, in "The Great Movie Stars."
"Behind fragile beauty and sophisticated charm, Miss Leigh harbored a feverish dedication to acting and a tough business sense that drove her to develop constantly an originally modest talent until she became one of the century's great stars ... Away from work Miss Leigh was, according to some who knew her socially, excellent company, sparkling with anecdotes that she told well, and a good listener. She was a woman of poise and education. Her heart-shaped face, green-gray eyes and mobile lovely face were captivating, even after years of illness." --From The New York Times, July 9, 1967.
"She made life hell for everybody near her, unless they did everything she wished, as she wished, and when she wished. Despite which she was surrounded by people who worshipped her and were ready to carry out her whims." --Wolfe Kaufman, quoted in "The Great Movie Stars," by David Shipman.