Biography

Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as Lady Olivier after 1947; 5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, for her iconic performances as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of Tovarich (1963).

After completing her drama school education, Leigh appeared in small roles in four films in 1935 and progressed to the role of heroine in Fire Over England (1937). Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that her physical attributes sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress. Despite her fame as a screen actress, Leigh was primarily a stage performer. During her 30-year career, she played roles ranging from the heroines of Noël Coward and George Bernard Shaw comedies to classic Shakespearean characters such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet, and Lady Macbeth. Later in life, she performed as a character actress in a few films.

At the time, the public strongly identified Leigh with her second husband Laurence Olivier, who was her spouse from 1940 to 1960. Leigh and Olivier starred together in many stage productions, with Olivier often directing, and in three films. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, and for much of her adult life she suffered from bipolar disorder as well as recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, which was first diagnosed in the mid-1940s and ultimately claimed her life at the age of 53. Although her career had periods of inactivity, in 1999 the American Film Institute ranked Leigh as the 16th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Vivien Leigh, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as Lady Olivier after 1947; 5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, for her iconic performances as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of Tovarich (1963).

After completing her drama school education, Leigh appeared in small roles in four films in 1935 and progressed to the role of heroine in Fire Over England (1937). Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that her physical attributes sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress. Despite her fame as a screen actress, Leigh was primarily a stage performer. During her 30-year career, she played roles ranging from the heroines of Noël Coward and George Bernard Shaw comedies to classic Shakespearean characters such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet, and Lady Macbeth. Later in life, she performed as a character actress in a few films.

At the time, the public strongly identified Leigh with her second husband Laurence Olivier, who was her spouse from 1940 to 1960. Leigh and Olivier starred together in many stage productions, with Olivier often directing, and in three films. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, and for much of her adult life she suffered from bipolar disorder as well as recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, which was first diagnosed in the mid-1940s and ultimately claimed her life at the age of 53. Although her career had periods of inactivity, in 1999 the American Film Institute ranked Leigh as the 16th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Vivien Leigh, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 32

Birthday 1913-11-05

Day of Death 1967-07-07

Place of Birth Darjeeling, Bengal Presidency, British India [now West Bengal, India]

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Вів'єн Лі
  • Вів'єн Мері Гартлі
  • 비비안 리
  • Vivian Mary Hartley
  • Vivian Leigh

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 Jornal Português (1938-1951)
2004 Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia DeHavilland as Herself-archive
1998 Glorious Technicolor
1996 The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful as Herself (Archive Footage, Uncredited)
1994 That's Entertainment! III
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1965 Ship of Fools as Mary Treadwell
1961 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone as Karen Stone
1955 The Deep Blue Sea as Hester Collyer
1951 A Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche DuBois
1951 The Screen Director as Herself
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(1 episode)
1948 Anna Karenina as Anna Karenina
1945 Caesar and Cleopatra as Cleopatra
1941 That Hamilton Woman as Emma Lady Hamilton
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as Herself
1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World as Herself
1940 Waterloo Bridge as Myra
1940 21 Days as Wanda
1939 Gone with the Wind as Scarlett O'Hara
1938 St. Martin's Lane as Liberty aka Libby
1938 A Yank at Oxford as Elsa Craddock
1937 Dark Journey as Madeleine Goddard
1937 Fire Over England as Cynthia
1937 Storm in a Teacup as Victoria 'Vickie' Gow
1935 Look Up and Laugh as Marjorie Belfer
1935 Things Are Looking Up as Schoolgirl (uncredited)
1935 The Village Squire as Rose Venables
1935 Gentlemen's Agreement as Phil Stanley

By signing up for an account on TMDb, you can post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.

Global

s focus the search bar
p open profile menu
esc close an open window
? open keyboard shortcut window

On media pages

b go back (or to parent when applicable)
e go to edit page

On TV season pages

(right arrow) go to next season
(left arrow) go to previous season

On TV episode pages

(right arrow) go to next episode
(left arrow) go to previous episode

On all image pages

a open add image window

On all edit pages

t open translation selector
ctrl+ s submit form

On discussion pages

n create new discussion
w toggle watching status
p toggle public/private
c toggle close/open
a open activity
r reply to discussion
l go to last reply
ctrl+ enter submit your message
(right arrow) next page
(left arrow) previous page