Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was a British stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked Leigh as the 16th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema.

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Classical plays require more imagination and more general training to be able to do. That's why I like playing Shakespeare better than anything else.

I've been a godmother loads of times, but being a grandmother is better than anything.

I'm not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.

Sometimes I dread the truth of the lines I say. But the dread must never show.

I've always been mad about cats.

I think Edith Evans is the most marvelous actress in the world and she can look beautiful. People who aren't beautiful can look beautiful. She can look as beautiful as Diana Cooper who was the most beautiful woman in the world.

One is just an interpreter of what the playwright thinks and therefore the greater the playwright the more satisfying it is to act in the plays.

Shaw is like a train. One just speaks the words and sits in one's place. But Shakespeare is like bathing in the sea - one swims where one wants.

When I was at school at Paris I had special lessons from Mademoiselle Antoine an actress at the Comedie Francaise and I was taken to every sort of play. I felt very grand.

A lucky thing Eva Peron was. She died at 32. I'm already 45.

I'm not afraid to die.

I need something truly beautiful to look at in hotel rooms.

I never found accents difficult after learning languages.

Dear Lord I'm so grateful I'm still loved.

I loved fencing and dancing and elocution.

I don't know what that Method is. Acting is life to me and should be.

I am going to be a great actress.

English people don't have very good diction. In France you have to pronounce very particularly and clearly and learning French at an early age helped me enormously.

I know I am right for Scarlett. I can convince Mr. Selznick.

Every single night I'm nervous. You never know how the audience is going to react.

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