From Scarlet O’Hara to Lady Olivier: Vivien Leigh’s Definitive Testament

St. George’s Day 1939, Sir Laurence Olivier He wrote to his beloved: “I really love and adore you, my Jewelkin. You are in my thoughts and I strongly feel your weight in my heart all the time. I only exist when I see you again and not even that is enough ”. The very romantic actor addressed by letter to the one who was the love of his life, Vivian Leigh. Olivier was fortunate to be able to love her. To whom the premiere of gone With the Wind caught us where souls dwell before coming to the world, we had to settle for admiring the talent and beauty of Leigh on the screen. Up to now.

About 10,000 pieces that belonged to who gave life to Scarlet O’Hara They will visit the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum in London in June. The exhibition ‘Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives’ includes scripts, costume sketches, photographs and negatives, awards (he garnered an Oscar for each of his most memorable roles: in addition to the immortal Scarlet, the Blanche DuBois of A Streetcar Named Desire), diaries, a book of press clippings made by herself, dresses, personal memories, the documentation of her divorces and hundreds of letters, some with senders as relevant as Winston Churchill, Bette Davis, Tennessee Williams And till The Queen Mother. The V&A Museum made an offer to the actress’s grandchildren and heirs in 2013, to coincide with the centenary of Leigh’s birth. Finally, there was an agreement and the exhibition will travel from Nymans National Trust in West Sussex to the London Museum, where it can be seen from June 1 to September 4. Whoever is in a hurry, can now find out on-line.

Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) and Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) in a photo taken in 1948 in New York. (Photo by FPG / Archive Photos / Getty Images).


Love between Vivien Leigh Y Laurence Olivier he was born on the stage. At least, the crush that led to him: Olivier, married to Jill Esmond, was astonished when he went to Ambassador’s Thatre in London and saw young Vivien play Henriette Duquesnoy in The mask of virtue . She was then married to Herbert Leigh Holman. Fate made two years later coincide in the film England on Fire and they both decided to be as unfaithful as Brad Pitt a Jennifer Aniston when it rubbed too hard with Angelina Jolie playing Messrs. Smiths and, say, as Pastora Vega a Imanol Arias when he met Juan Ribó in the series Central Operating Unit. We do not say this, Ribó’s ex said it in the magazine Week.


Vivien Leigh, memorable Scarlet in ‘Gone with the Wind’

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Divorced both from their respective partners and with a daughter she of Leigh Holman, they were married in 1940. The first cracks in such a passionate marriage appeared after the first symptoms of bipolar disorder in the actress. In his biography, Olivier referred to the disease this way: “Throughout his possession by that monster, with its increasingly strict deadly spirals, he retained the ability to hide his true mental condition from almost everyone except me. ”. The emotional state of the actress worsened after a miscarriage and the divorce came in 1960. By then, it was already difficult for her to work normally. That same year he went to live with the also actor Jack Merivale. In 1967 Leigh was diagnosed with tuberculosis, a disease that she had already suffered 12 years before, but this time, inexorably, it carried her away like the wind in July of that same year. Five weeks before, Sir Laurence Olivier wrote her his last love letter; she never stopped using the title Lady Olivier.

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From Scarlet O’Hara to Lady Olivier: Vivien Leigh’s Definitive Testament