Vivien Leigh

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1913 in India

Filmography

Actor (13)

Ship of Fools 1965 (Movie)

Mark Treadwell (Actor)

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 1961 (Movie)

Karen Stone (Actor)

The Deep Blue Sea 1955 (Movie)

Hester (Actor)

A Streetcar Named Desire 1950 (Movie)

Blanche DuBois (Actor)

Gone With the Wind 1939 (Movie)

Scarlett O'Hara (Actor)

Storm in a Teacup 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

21 Days (TV Show)

Actor

A Yank at Oxford (Movie)

Elsa Craddock (Actor)

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

Cleopatra (Actor)

Dark Journey (Movie)

Madeleine (Actor)

Fire Over England (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

That Hamilton Woman (Movie)

Lady Hamilton (Actor)

Waterloo Bridge (Movie)

Myra (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Suzanne Farrington

Daughter
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

Peter Finch Actor

Companion
had affair during 1948 tour of Australia and New Zealand

Ernest Hartley

Father
married Leigh's mother in 1911

Herbert Holman

Husband
married in 1932 divorced in 1940

Jack Merivale

Companion
together from 1960 until Leigh's death

Laurence Olivier Actor

Husband
born in Surrey, England on May 22, 1907 married on August 30, 1940 divorced in 1960 died on July 11, 1989

Gertrude Yackje

Mother
of Irish descent married Leigh's father in 1911

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Convent of the Sacred Heart

attended several other schools throughout Europe

Milestones

1966

Last stage appearance, "Ivanov"

1965

Last film, "Ship of Fools"

1963

Made stage musical debut on Broadway in "Tovarich"

1957

Last stage appearance in London opposite Olivier in Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" (after touring Europe)

1951

Played Cleopatra in repertory stagings of Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra" and Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra"

1951

Recreated Blanche onscreen in Elia Kazan's screen version of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1949

Played Blanche Dubois in London staging of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1948

Toured Australia and New Zealand with Olivier in "Richard III", "The School for Scandal" and "The Skin of OUr Teeth"

1944

First began suffering from tuberculosis

1940

US stage debut (with Olivier) in "Romeo and Juliet", directed by Olivier

1939

US screen debut, in "Gone with the Wind"

1937

First screen appearance opposite Olivier, "Fire Over England"

1937

Played Ophelia to Olivier's "Hamlet" on stage

1935

Signed to five-year contract with Alexander Korda

1935

Professional stage debut in "The Green Sash" (as Vivian Leigh)

1935

Met Laurence Olivier

1934

Screen debut in "Things Are Looking Up"

1926

Traveled with parents for several years throughout Europe

1920

Moved to England

Bonus Trivia

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Her 1939 Oscar was sold at auction in 1993 for $563,500.

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