- NAME: Vivien Leigh
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress
- BIRTH DATE: November 05, 1913
- DEATH DATE: July 08, 1967
- EDUCATION: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Darjeeling, India
- PLACE OF DEATH: London, England, United Kingdom
- Originally: Vivian Mary Hartley
- AKA: Vivian Hartley
- AKA: Vivien Hartley
- AKA: Vivien Leigh
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Vivien Leigh was a British actress who achieved film immortality by playing two of American literature's most celebrated Southern belles, Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche DuBois.
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After Olivier remarried and started a new family, Leigh moved in with a younger actor named Jack Merivale. The change of pace seemed to do her good, as she re-emerged to take part in several successful performances during the 1960s. In 1963, she headlined in a musical adaptation of Tovarich and earned her a first Tony Award. Two years later,
she starred in the Oscar-winning film Ship of Fools.
Just before she began rehearsing for a London production of A Delicate Balance in 1967, Leigh fell seriously ill. A month passed before she finally succumbed to her tuberculosis, on July 8, 1967, at the age of 53, in London, England. Marking a sad and premature end to a career that was both tumultuous and triumphant, the London theater district blacked out its lights for a full hour in Leigh's honor.
In 2013, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London purchased her personal archives, which includes her personal diaries and previously unseen photographs. The museum's director Martin Roth told UPI that the archive "not only represents Vivien Leigh's career, but is also a fascinating insight into the theater and social world that surrounded her." Selections from the archive will put on display in time for the centennial celebration of Leigh's birth.
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