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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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.

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