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Vivien Leigh, Academy Awards
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Vivien Leigh (Vivian Mary Hartley, Lady Vivien Leigh Olivier; Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier; 1913-1967) was an English actress best known for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" as well as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind." She married Herbert Leigh Holman, a barrister who was 13 years her senior, in 1932 and that union produced a daughter, Suzanne. She met Laurence Olivier in 1937 and the two began an affair while they were both married to their respective spouses, who refused to grant them divorces. By early 1940, the divorces were agreed upon and in August 1940 Leigh and Olivier were married. The husband and wife would go on to collaborate together in several plays and films for the duration of their marriage; they divorced in 1960. Sadly, for much of her adult life Leigh suffered from chronic tuberculosis and bipolar disorder, which crippled her to the point of suffering breakdowns and long bouts of depression. Though beset by depression, she continued to work in theater and film. In May 1967 she suffered a recurrence of tuberculosis, and following several weeks of rest, she seemed to recover. On the night of July 7, 1967, Jack Merivale, whom she had had an affair with while married to Olivier and whom was still extremely close to, discovered her body on the floor of her bedroom. She had been attempting to walk to the bathroom and, as her lungs filled with liquid, collapsed and died. Leigh was cremated and her ashes were scattered on the lake at her home in East Sussex, England.
Photograph caption dated March 1, 1940 reads, "Dressed in a chiffon print frock and with jewels flashing, Vivien Leigh is shown when she thanked the Academy for honoring her. It marked the first time that the two top prizes have gone to foreign actors." The 12th Academy Awards was held at the Coconut Grove at The Ambassador Hotel on February 29, 1940.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 5709
Leigh, Vivien,--1913-1967
Ambassador Hotel
Motion picture actors and actresses--Awards--England
Awards--California--Los Angeles
Academy Awards (Motion pictures)
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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