Vivien Leigh artifacts heading to British museum

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.