Off Topic Post: Happy 100th Birthday, Vivien Leigh!

Vivien Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley on 5 November 1913.

Young Viv

Young Viv

She was a very, very fine actress of stage and screen. If you’ve only seen Gone with the Wind or A Streetcar Named Desire, you have missed some wonderful film performances. Her theatrical work has, of course, been lost to time. It’s a shame, because she was a serious and brilliant stage actress obsessively dedicated to her craft. Her film stardom was largely beside the point.-“I’m not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.”-Vivien Leigh

She was married to this chap for two decades.

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, June 1948

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, June 1948

She died on 8 July 1967.

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh

If I ever find a time machine, I will make dozens of stops just to see the magnetic and fiercely talented Vivien Leigh weave her magic across the world’s stages.

4 thoughts on “Off Topic Post: Happy 100th Birthday, Vivien Leigh!

  1. What an adorable little girl!

    It is such a shame that her theatre performances are lost to us now. Could you just IMAGINE seeing Leigh and Olivier together on stage? The thought of it nearly makes me swoon.

    Thank you for pointing out that her performances in Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire, while both fabulous, was only a small part of her incredible repertoire.

    Happy Belated 100th, Vivien!


    • She was stunning from the first!

      Yes, yes I can totally imagine seeing them on stage! I know that I would be blown away.

      Thanks. Her performances in those 2 movies are fab, they really are. But, not only did she give incredible performances in other movies, she was a first class stage actor. I adore her. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to her. 🙂


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