Vivien Leigh: A Career In Hollywood

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“Show me a great actor and I’ll show you a lousy husband; show me a great actress and you’ve seen the devil.” -W.C. Fields, famous comedian
There are quite a few Hollywood lives that support this quote. Cary Grant was married five times, having scandalous affairs between marriages. The iconic Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland, developed a severe addiction to alcohol and relied on medications to keep herself emotionally stable, eventually dying from an accidental overdose. These are just a few sad Hollywood lives that many stars hold claim to, and Vivien Leigh was no exception. Best known as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind (1939), she continued to live an increasingly depressing life as her career pressed on. Vivien Leigh was born November 5, 1913, in Darjeeling, India. At a young age she decided she wanted to become famous, and pursued a career in acting, even after facing trials in marital and everyday life. One of the most famous actresses of her time, this is her story.

At 6 years old, the young Vivian Mary Hartley moved from India to England, where she met Maureen O’Sullivan, the two becoming fast friends. As a teen, Vivian studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,
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Ironically abiding with W.C. Fields’ famous quote, Vivien Leigh was chosen over 400 other actresses who were asked to do the readings. At the time, not many people knew who Vivien Leigh was, but Gone With The Wind was going to catapult her to stardom. When the movie came out in 1939, it received a record breaking amount of 17 awards, including 8 Oscars, one going to Vivien Leigh for best leading actress. Arguably the most famous movie she ever played in, Vivien would not receive praise as this until her next big hit, A Streetcar Named Desire
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