Vivien Leigh

30 Sep

I am interrupting the flow of my posts again. As I recently received a forwarded email from my uncle with a slideshow to honor the once most famous movie star, Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), I’d like to dedicate this post to her as well.

Many people recognize and remember the stars from the 50s like Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe. But they may have forgotten the British actress Vivien Leigh who topped the female stars in the 40s and was named #16 Actress on The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends. Her famous movies include Gong With The Wind (1939), Waterloo Bridge (1940), That Hamilton Woman (1941), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Anna Karenina (1947), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and many others. I should mention that Gong With The Wind and Waterloo Bridge remain to be my wife’s most favored movies, along with others such as Doctor Zhivago, Casablanca, The Sissi and The Phantom of the Opera. Vivien was also considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her day. One described her as “a stunner whose ravishing beauty often tended to obscure her staggering achievements as an actress. Great beauties are infrequently great actresses – simply because they don’t need to be. Vivien was different; ambitious, persevering, serious, often inspired.” (wiki)

You can read her biography on Wikipedia or IMDB, which I’m not going to repeat here. But I do want to display some of her stunning photos for us to memorialize what she’d contributed to the film and theatre industry and what she’d inspired many people in their lives. (All images were collected from the web.)

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Portrait


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