British Actress Vivian Leigh

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Actress Vivian Leigh, B&W photo, 1939

English actress Vivian Leigh, portrait photo by Laszlo Willinger, taken in 1939

The British actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), who won the Best Actress Academy Award twice for her performances in films, was born to English parents in Darjeeling in Bengal, British India, on 5 November 1913. Leigh was regarded as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of her times.

Leigh attained international stardom with the film ‘Gone with the Wind’ (1939) which won an incredible 10 Academy Awards including the Best Actress Oscar awarded for her portrayal of the character of Scarlett O’Hara. The film, produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Victor Fleming, also starred Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel.

Leigh won a second Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the film ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (1951), produced by Charles K. Feldman and directed by Elia Kazan. It also had Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden in leading roles.

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