There’s been a lot of talk of royalty with Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s baby on the way, but they’re not the only aristocrats that have made headlines recently. On July 2, 2013, Princess Fawzia Fuad of Egypt died in Alexandria, Egypt. Desperate to leave behind her sheltered life, Princess Fawzia married the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, when she was only 17, in 1939. However, her marriage didn’t turn out as well as she had hoped. After the Shah cheated on Princess Fawzia and she suffered several medical conditions, such as malaria and depression, the couple got divorced in 1948. She later remarried an Egyptian aristocrat whom she lived with until his death.
Her lookalike, Vivien Leigh, led a similar life of ups and downs. She also got married at a young age, 19 to be exact, to a young lawyer by the name of Leigh Holman, whose name she used to create her stage name. But unlike her dignified double, Leigh was on the other end of the cheating scandal, keeping up a public affair with actor Lawrence Olivier until she was granted a divorce. After a 20-year-marriage to Olivier, Leigh had endured two miscarriages and struggled with bipolar syndrome, insomnia, and tuberculosis. But she also found happiness after divorcing Olivier and living with a young actor. Both of these distinguished ladies may have been leading the luxurious life to the rest of the world, but neither found happiness until they lived a simpler life.