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    Best known for her legendary parts in "Gone With The Wind" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" and for her marriage to acting legend Laurence Olivier.
    A gorgeous, yet tragic, women, who died too young.

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    Born: November 5, 1913
    Date of death: July 7, 1967
    Height: 5'4"
    Hair: Dark Brown
    Eyes: Green
    Trademarks/Trivia: Suffered from manic depression, heavy smoker> smoked 4 packs a day at the time of Gone with the wind



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    She was beautiful. Too bad she was nuts though.

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    Gorgeous woman. She contracted TB and died way too young.

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    heavy smoker> smoked 4 packs a day at the time of Gone with the wind
    Yeow, that's 80 cigarettes a day. If she slept 8 hours, that's smoking a cigarette every 12 minutes or so. That couldn't have helped the TB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent
    Gorgeous woman. She contracted TB and died way too young.



    Yeow, that's 80 cigarettes a day. If she slept 8 hours, that's smoking a cigarette every 12 minutes or so. That couldn't have helped the TB.

    No kidding! Hard to imagine that gorgeous girl from GWTW smelling like an ashtray!!! In one of her last movies, "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" she starred with Warren Beatty. The smoking by then had also lowered her voice considerably.
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    Miz Scarlett, such a beautiful, yet sad woman. I loved Vivien Leigh.

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    its looks like Angel

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    One of the most beautiful women in film history!
    and beatiful right till the end, which came way too soon


    pic of her with her cat Poojones.

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    agreed! i always thought her beauty rivaled that of Liz Taylor and others w/ similar features.

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    Stunning. Absolutely stunning. I watch Gone with the Wind and cannot believe how gorgeous she is.....

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    An older Vivien Leigh (6 years before her death at 54) in the Warren Beatty thread> Warren Beatty [Actor]
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    It's rumored that Leigh and Beatty had an affair during the making of that movie. Don't know if it was true or not.
    If you think she was beautiful in Gone With the Wind, have you seen her in Waterloo Bridge? Incredibly gorgeous and tragic at the same time! I think she deserved an Oscar for that movie, as well. On the stage she could hold her own with Olivier and was just as talented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leigh
    It's rumored that Leigh and Beatty had an affair during the making of that movie. Don't know if it was true or not.
    If you think she was beautiful in Gone With the Wind, have you seen her in Waterloo Bridge? Incredibly gorgeous and tragic at the same time! I think she deserved an Oscar for that movie, as well. On the stage she could hold her own with Olivier and was just as talented.
    No, they didn't have an "affair", but - mostly due to her fragile mental state at that time - Beatty (and the director) spent a lot of time off set with Vivien, kinda to help her through stuff. They had a movie to make and finish, and she was the lead role. They couldn't afford to have their star have a total mental breakdown in the middle of the shoot. Vivien was very open about her attraction to Beatty, even if he was half her age, but most of it was just a reaction to Laurence Olivier having found new love in the much younger Joan Plowright (sp).
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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL
    An older Vivien Leigh (6 years before her death at 54) in the Warren Beatty thread> Warren Beatty [Actor]
    well actually for that movie i believe (or it could have been another from that era) they had to try and make her look older b/c she was so beautiful that it was hard to believe that she was this older woman character and even after all their attempts to make her look worse; they couldn't...or so the story goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliceInWonderland
    well actually for that movie i believe (or it could have been another from that era) they had to try and make her look older b/c she was so beautiful that it was hard to believe that she was this older woman character and even after all their attempts to make her look worse; they couldn't...or so the story goes.
    Well, I doubt that was about her at this stage in her life and career. Here's some pix of what she looked like in the sixties. She died in 1967, aged 54. She ranges from 47 to 52 in these pix below.


    (She looks amazingly much like Warren Beatty's sis Shirley MacLaine in the right pic! )


    Right pic is an obit with a picture from 1962 when she was 49.

    Vivien in younger, gorgeous days.

    With not too shabby husband Laurence Olivier
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    It looks like she had a little work done towards the end.

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