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.

My parents were absolutely delighted that I knew what I wanted to do.

You know the passage where Scarlett voices her happiness that her mother is dead so that she can't see what a bad girl Scarlett has become? Well that's me.

I have just made out my will and given all the things I have and many that I haven't.

My parents were French and Irish and our family even has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States and consider myself part American.

People think that if you look fairly reasonable you can't possibly act and as I only care about acting I think beauty can be a great handicap.

I'm not young. What's wrong with that?

When I come into the theatre I get a sense of security. I love an audience. I love people and I act because I like trying to give pleasure to people.

I'm a Scorpio and Scorpios eat themselves out and burn themselves up like me.

I think any classical training in the theatre is of enormous value.

I always know my lines.

Life is too short to work so hard.

My first husband and I are still good friends and there is no earthly reason why I should not see him. Larry and I are very much in love.

Streetcar is a most wonderful wonderful play.

Comedy is much more difficult than tragedy-and a much better training I think. It's much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.

I adore dancing.