Vivien Leigh: mystique of a legend

Vivien Leigh:  mystique of a legend



A lovely, petite, fragile stage-trained player whose delicate beauty first graced the screen in 1935, Leigh was born to a British military family stationed in India. Despite her heritage, she remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles as i have been enchanted by her charms since I saw Vivien Leigh in the movie gone with the wind,Today i honor this lovely and enchanting actress whose   mystique was a combination of staggering beauty, glamour, romance, and genuine talent from her great talent as an actress,so it’s a belated happy birthday honors to her,let’s begin honoring her.

The magic of vivien leigh


Vivien has an opportunity to play a small role in an English film, Things Are Looking Up which had her have one line but she was instantly considered magical as the camera focused on her. The London stage is more exciting than the movies being filmed in England, and the most thrilling actor on that stage is Laurence Olivier. At a party Vivien finds out about a stage role, “The Green Sash”, where the only requirement is that the leading lady be beautiful,she would play it for a short time,she was really a great actress on the stage but she had such talent that she would return to the screen for a role. She did have couple of other roles around time of look who is looking up and she was very good on those roles as after the play she was a real actress,she would star a movie that would spark love of her lifetime as she stared in Fire Over England. She starred in Fire Over England as she gave one of her early fine roles,she would next star in Dark Journey  which had her give a very good role for her early start as her next role was starring in Storm in a Teacup as she would give another charming role for the ages. in 1938 she would star two movies as she starred in A Yank at Oxford  and Sidewalks of London  she gave very good roles in those. It is when they were hunting for Scarlett o’hara she was among many other actresses trying out for the part as we know she won the role in the end. She would start filming gone with the wind with many of the cast as all of them would forever remain lifelong friends as she gave us one of the finest women roles on the screen as Scarlett o hara. Gone with the wind remains one of the finest classics all time as a shining example of what great casting can do for a movie in some ways. The next year she would star in 21 Days Together  which was to be one of her finer roles very much a diffrent kinda role for her yet she gave us a a fine role. Waterloo Bridge  her next role that same year in 1940 she would give us one of her finest roles on screen. That Hamilton Woman  the next year would be remain one of her most enchanting roles beside gone with the wind. She would take a few years off the screen as she would do other works and such and marry Laurence Olivier,we had her start her life with him she would return to the screen in 1945 to play in Caesar and Cleopatra  which would have her play Cleopatra   as she gave us a fine role as she is very enchanting in the role of Cleopatra. She would star in some plays and give such fine roles she would return to the screen for Anna Karenina  in 1948. She gave us an outstanding role,three years later she returns again for A Streetcar Named Desire  which was one of her finest roles next to gone with the wind as she won another oscar. The Deep Blue Sea  in 1955,i feel she gave a lesser role as she was really not in her element yet she did give us all her depth as an actress. it would be 7 years before she returned to big screen for a role yet she would star in plays in that time off too. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone had her return to screen in 1961 for what would be her second to last role,she was not all able to do it as much she to act when she was younger as time had taking its toll on viven yet she gives us a good role. 4 years later she returns for her last role sadly i feel one of her lesser roles,very sadly she gave us a good performance but she feels distant and not feeling true to the heart of the character. Vivien leigh gave us many great faces in her lifetime she was fine stage actress and screen actress with many awards,she was just powerhouse of talent and charm,she was one of the most enchanting women to ever grace the screen,she never lost her charm ever in any role,she remains one of the finest legends of the golden age or any age,one of my favorite actresses all time.

 vivien leigh pictures of a legend. 


as we see her her in this role she is indeed enchanting it is very lovely to see her in all her style and class.


vivien leigh as Cleopatra in this picture we see her at one of her most enchanting looks to you to pull you into her charms,she is is just so enchanting looking as ever in this role.


Vivien leigh looks indeed so fine in this picture as we see her at one of her most enchanting looks ever captured.


Oh as scarlett o’hara in this lovely dress she just captures your magical love as she looks simply amazing as ever.


War war war she yells to the boys,one time talk of war i’ll scream,calm down viven,she looks simply amazing in this picture.


You see her as a play actress here in one of her finer roles on the stage,she simply looks amazing in this role.


This charming little girl is vivien leigh she is simply a young charmer,she is charming you always even as girl,what a cute girl.


anyone could look stylish in any hat it was vivien leigh,she looks simply amazing,this is just simply her at her best,


This surely is hot she looks simply marvelous like she is about to capture a man’s heart,wait my heart skips a beat,vivien leigh always looks simply amazing


oh vivien is waving out,she looks very good in this picture.

No matter the picture vivien leigh always looks amazing

Vivien leigh movie reviews.


It is time to sum up her movies as we look upon many roles that made up this wonderfully talented actress,you will find out how each movie fares up.

Storm in a Teacup review


Storm in a Teacup is a 1937 British romantic comedy film starring Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison in his first starring role, Cecil Parker and Sara Allgood. It is based on the German play Sturm im Wasserglas by Bruno Frank, as well as the English-language adaptations: London’s Storm in a Teacup and Broadway’s Storm Over Patsy, both written by James Bridie. A reporter writes an article that embarrasses a politician. Meanwhile, the newspaperman is also attracted to his target’s daughter.

It is a comedy with that wit that we all love so much. Vivien Leigh is beautiful, almost exquisitely so in this movie. Really she enchants me again with this movie.  it does me this movie as i have seen this before many times over as it delights me each time i watch this movie.

This movie is a very delightful comedy starring Vivien Leigh and Rex Harrison as this is Rex Harrison’s first starring role. Vivien Leigh is a delight and joy in the role she plays here as she as she plays it with such charm to this delightful comedy as she plays s the good Provost’s daughter with such charm to that role.

Rex Harrison plays the roguish but idealistic young reporter from England who pokes a stick in the Provost’s spokes when the latter refuses to hear a plaintive plea from Mrs. Hegarty (Sara Allgood) for leniency as he plays the role very good and solid for a first role of an actor. Both really work great together on the screen as they bring out the charming comedy delight of this movie.

The supporting cast are very good in their roles in this classic gem. Victor Saville crafted a fun classic comedy delight with this movie. I really admire this comedy so highly as it’s one of those fun gems of comedy to watch from time to time.

This is a fun comedy delight that has such wit and charm because of its fun and delightful nature. Its cast are great and we have such great witty charm that really makes this a classic to watch anytime you can watch it.

The Ruth Rating:four bette's

Waterloo Bridge review


Many call viven to be very enchanting in waterloo bridge,i agree with them,she is enchanting as ever in this role.This movie is one movie i could watch over and over again on same day,its worthy of such love as it is simply one great and charming gem of a movie.

Waterloo Bridge’ is one of those rare films that never seems to strike a false note or put a foot wrong as it always seems to be good at keeping its story and pacing correctly. every shot has meaning, every scene plays its part  and the dialogue gains its power through the lightest of touches not without moments to bring you to tears or smiling with pure joy. It is very much a ride that really is something truly special to watch through each scene.

As Myra Lester, Vivien Leigh has seldom given a more lovely or accomplished role as she gives us one of her most enchanting roles on the screen and her finest roles,she is simply amazing to watch in any scene. Robert Taylor is very much so much as much the heart of the movie as vivien leigh as he give us one fine performance. Virginia Field also shines as Myra’s friend, the hardbitten ex-chorus-girl Kitty, while C.Aubrey Smith provides sly humour as an unexpectedly supportive Colonel-in-Chief as all of them give us such fine roles,

‘Waterloo Bridge’ has a touch of everything: laughter, tears, tension, misunderstanding, sweetness, beauty and fate as it stands out as something for the ages as one of the finest movies of any era.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

That Hamilton Woman review


One of the best known stories of adultery in British history is the one between Lord Horatio Nelson and the enchanting Emma Hamilton. This film by Alexander Korda takes that story and does not disappoint as it’s simply a masterpiece.

Vivien Leigh is in almost every frame, and completely dominates the film as she gives us one of her most refined roles and finest roles on the screen she is simply amazing in each scene is on the screen as she is simply enchanting also on the screen.  Laurence Olivier gives us a fine performance as Horatio Nelson as he is simply amazing in the role. Gladys Cooper gives us one amazing role as Lady Frances Nelson as she is one of the finest supporting actresses all time. All of the cast give us amazing roles.

Cinematography of that Hamilton Woman is simply of the screens best ever. Its rich and detailed and layered Cinematography really shine it captures all the of the beauty and charm of vivien leigh for us to see and so much more its so richly crafted along with a wonderful musical score.

vivien Leigh never looked more beautiful and one can see more of the true person she was after setting aside her role in “Gone With the Wind. Laurence Olivier, an actor of many disguises, is well masked in the injuries that Lord Nelson sustained in battle. One can almost feel he is the victim of circumstances as he moves from battles to home front as we have them both in one of the screens best movies all time as it’s simply enchanting and a marvelous gem for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Gone with the wind review


This film shows the best of the American cinema. Whether we like the film, or not, one has to recognize the greatest achievement, perhaps, of the creative talent of the people working in the movie industry. “Gone with the Wind” represents a monumental leap, as well as a departure, for the movies, as they were done prior to this film as this movie marks a big leap in movies at the time too but it always remains one of the finest movies all time.

David O. Selznick, the power behind bringing Margaret Mitchell’s massive account about the South, before and after the Civil War, pays handsomely with the film that Victor Fleming directed. This movie will live forever because it reminds us of how this great nation came into being, despite the different opinions from the two stubborn factions in the war simply turned this movie into one of the screen’s finest tales ever crafted.

Gone with the wind brought together people in hollywood with such great talents all together to craft one of the screens finest movies all time as the end result is a movie that will keep you enchanted each scene. One cannot visualize anyone else playing  Scarlett O’Hara as vivien leigh is simply Scarlett O’Hara for all time as she gives us one enchanting and timeless role as she gives one of her most amazing roles on the screen,this is her at her finest as she captures the soul of the role for all time.  Rhett Butler played Clark Gable really is one of his finest on the screen as no one else ever can play Rhett Butler as he plays every layer of this character to a great depth that really captures his soul on the screen,it is simply marvelous. Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard give us some fine performances as some of their finest on the screen.   Hattie McDaniel gives us one of her finest roles on the screen as is just simply marvelous,the rest of the cast are all great and outstanding.

The Cinematography of gone with the wind is simply one of the best ever captured to the screen.It captures the richness of each scene and the old south never looked more enchanting or lovely then it looks in gone with the wind,it is simply marvelous. Max Steiner’s musical score is one of the finest ever crafted for the screen.

Gone with the Wind Remains forever one of the finest movies any as its simply marvelous form its wonderful acting to the music to its marvelous Cinematography you will always be enchanted by gone with the wind as its a gem for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Vivien Leigh(tcm bio)(


A lovely, petite, fragile stage-trained player whose delicate beauty first graced the screen in 1935, Leigh was born to a British military family stationed in India. Despite her heritage, she remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles.

After a childhood traveling Europe, an apprenticeship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and a brief marriage, Leigh began her career in 1935 with several small stage and screen roles. After making a hit onstage in “The Masque of Virtue” (1935), she was signed by Alexander Korda and appeared as a pretty ingenue in such films as “Fire Over England” (1937), opposite Laurence Olivier, and “Storm in a Teacup” (also 1937), with Rex Harrison. Korda loaned her to MGM for “A Yank at Oxford” (1938), which did more for Robert Taylor than Leigh. That same year, she displayed her screen charisma and charm as a Cockney petty thief who is befriended by street performer Charles Laughton and romanced by songwriter Rex Harrison in the frothy “Sidewalks of London/Saint Martin’s Lane”. While making her mark in features, Leigh continued to polish her talents onstage, notably as Ophelia to Olivier’s “Hamlet” in 1937.

By this time, Leigh and Olivier were romantically involved. When he went to the US in late 1938 to make “Wuthering Heights”, Leigh followed and won the much-coveted role of Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind” (1939). Her Scarlett was a headstrong, willful and colorful portrayal. Despite much flack about a relatively unknown Brit taking the role of the quintessential Southern belle, Leigh was triumphant, won an Oscar and became a bigger star than Olivier (whom she married in 1940).

Leigh failed to immediately follow up on her tremendous promise. She starred onstage with Olivier in “Romeo and Juliet” (1940) and made two films. In the fine remake of “Waterloo Bridge” (1940), Leigh’s beauty heightened her portrayal of a ballerina in love with an upper-class soldier (Robert Taylor). Through a series of plot machinations, she is reduced to prostitution and has a bittersweet reunion with Taylor, whom she thought was killed during the war. The role was the first of many in which her character suffered mental collapse–ironically mirroring her own bouts with mental illness. She again was a woman of questionable virtue in the biopic of an historical tart in “That Hamilton Woman” (1941, opposite Olivier). Her subsequent career was slowed to fits and starts by the tuberculosis which eventually killed her, and by her own emotional instability.

For the rest of her career, Leigh alternated between the stage and screen, giving electrifying, emotional performances in both mediums. She appeared in six films after her initial bout with Hollywood, first in the British productions “Caesar and Cleopatra” (1946), opposite Claude Rains, and as “Anna Karenina” (1948). Her next huge hit was recreating her stage role as the fragile, emotionally unstable Blanche Du Bois in Elia Kazan’s film of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). Her performance as the outsider is enhanced by playing off her Method-trained co-stars, notably Marlon Brando’s stunning Stanley, Kim Hunter’s torn Stella and Karl Malden’s gentle Mitch. Leigh earned a second Best Actress Oscar playing this damaged woman trailing the tattered threads of her sanity behind her, a role some felt was eerily close to Leigh’s own personality at times. Her last films consisted of stellar performances as emotionally unstable women in less than stellar films: “The Deep Blue Sea” (1955), as a frustrated, suicidal wife; “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone” (1961), based on a Tennessee Williams’ story, as an elegant, middle-aged actress who is ample bait for Warren Beatty’s gigolo; and Stanley Kramer’s all-star “Ship of Fools” (1966), as an embittered, flirtatious divorcee.

Leigh was, perhaps, happier onstage. She and Olivier toured with the Old Vic company in the late 1940s and early 50s, in such plays as “The School for Scandal”, “Anthony and Cleopatra”, “Caesar and Cleopatra”, “Richard III” and “Antigone.” She was directed by Olivier in “The Skin of Our Teeth” (1945) and “The Sleeping Prince” (1954) and scored successes with “Duel of Angels” (1958) and “Look After Lulu” (1959), directed by Noel Coward. In 1963, she made her American musical stage debut in “Tovarich”, winning a Tony Award. But health problems began to interfere with her ability to sustain a long run and she frequently missed performances. Her last stage appearance was in “Ivanov” in 1966.

Leigh’s private life was as stormy as any of her roles. After twenty tempestuous years, she and Olivier divorced in 1960, and her mental illness often transformed her intelligent and sweet nature, making professional and personal relationships problematic at times. By the time she died, a ravaged 53 years old, Vivien Leigh had become one of the broken butterflies she had so often played on stage and screen.


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