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Leigh, Vivien (orig. Vivian Mary Hartley)

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Born: 1913 AD
Died: 1967 AD, at 53 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Actresses

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1913 – She was born on the 5th day of November this year in Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India (now India).

 

1916 – She made her first stage appearance at the age of three, reciting "Little Bo Peep" for her mother's amateur theatre group.

 

1920 – During this year, she was sent to the "Convent of the Sacred Heart" in Roehampton in England.

 

1931 - Vivian Hartley completed her later education in Europe, returning to her parents in England in this year. She discovered that one of Maureen O'Sullivan's films was playing in London's West End and told her parents of her ambitions to become an actress.

 

1932 – She married Herbert Leigh Holman in this year, and upon their marriage she terminated her studies at RADA. On the 12th of October 1933, she gave birth to a girl she named Suzanne, but felt stifled by her domestic life. They were separated in 1940.

 

1935 – She was one of the cast in the play The Mask of Virtue in this year, Leigh received excellent reviews followed by interviews and newspaper articles.

 

1939 - She won two Academy Awards playing "southern belles": Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind in this year and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951.

 

1940 – She married Laurence Olivier and lived together for two decades until 1960.

 

1963 – She won Tony Award’s Best Leading Actress in a Musical for the movie “Tovarich”.

 

1967 – She died at the age of 53 on the 8th day of July this year in London, England.

 

1969 – A plaque to Leigh was placed in the actor's church in St Paul's, Covent Garden.

 

1985 – A portrait of her was included in a series of postage stamps along with Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Chaplin, Peter Sellers and David Niven to commemorate "British Film Year".


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