Vivien Leigh #5
A wonderful vintage album page, beautifully signed with a fountain pen by Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), the English actress who was married to Laurence Olivier. She won two Academy Awards for playing "southern belles": Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that it sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress, but ill health proved to be her greatest obstacle. Affected by bipolar disorder for most of her adult life, she gained a reputation for being difficult to work with, and her career went through periods of decline. She was further weakened by recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, with which she was first diagnosed in the mid-1940s. She and Olivier divorced in 1960, and Leigh worked sporadically in film and theatre until her death from tuberculosis, in 1967.
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