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Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait

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Publicity photo of Vivien Leigh with cocktail ring.

11. Vivien Leigh, a British actress, won two Oscars—both for playing the part of Southern belles: for Scarlett O’Hara/Gone With the Wind and Blanche DuBois/A Streetcar Named Desire.

9. The actor who played Beau Wilkes (Melanie and Ashley Wilkes’ young son) in Gone With the Wind would later say that Vivien Leigh was very kind to him and was “one of the loveliest ladies” he had ever met.

Clip from 'Gone with the Wind'(as Vivian Leigh)

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Sir Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh

14. Vivien Leigh suffered from bipolar disorder for years. Olivier later wrote about it extensively in his autobiography, and referenced many ways in which the illness hampered both her career and personal contentment, and their relationship. He wrote “Throughout her possession by that uncannily evil monster, manic depression, with its deadly ever-tightening spirals, she retained her own individual canniness – an ability to disguise her true mental condition from almost all except me, for whom she could hardly be expected to take the trouble.”

7. In the famous “I’ll never be hungry again” scene in Gone With the Wind—the part where Scarlett snarfs down a radish, then vomits—the vomiting noises had to be recorded by Olivia de Havilland. Whether this was because Vivien Leigh could not produce a realistic enough retching sound OR refused to do it because it wasn’t ladylike remains a point of dispute.