Attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Roehampton, England, until the age of 13 before embarking on a tour of Europe with her parents; the rest of her education consisted of brief stints in finishing schools.
Met future husband Laurence Olivier playing Ophelia to his Hamlet in 1937.
Was said to have predicted (referring to herself and Olivier), "Larry won't play Rhett Butler, but I shall play Scarlett O'Hara. Wait and see."
Katharine Hepburn was her maid of honor at her small 1940 wedding to Olivier.
The British beauty ironically found her greatest fame and acclaim playing two belles of the American South: Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Struggled for decades with bipolar disorder, which affected her both professionally and personally, and with the chronic tuberculosis that eventually ended her life.
In 1993, her Best Actress Oscar for Gone With the Wind was sold at auction for more than a half million dollars.
1951, Venice Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner
1951, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
1952, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
1939, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
1963, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
1953, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Winner
Ernest Hartley — Father
Herbert Leigh Holman — Ex-husband
Gertrude Yackje — Mother
Laurence Olivier — Ex-husband
Suzanne Holman Farrington — Daughter
Jack Merivale — Significant Other
Attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England