Vivien Leigh

  • Birth Name: Vivian Mary Hartley
  • Birth Place: Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
  • Died: July 7, 1967
  • Profession: Actor
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  • 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.


  • 1963, Tony — Actress (Musical): 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
  • 1953, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Winner
  • 1951, Venice Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner


  • Gertrude Yackje — Mother
  • Laurence Olivier — Ex-husband
  • Suzanne Holman Farrington — Daughter
  • Jack Merivale — Significant Other
  • Ernest Hartley — Father
  • Herbert Leigh Holman — Ex-husband


  • Attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England