Her life ended in a haze of drink and depression. But she was also a brilliant actress, the love of Olivier's life - and as Peter Finch once said: 'After you've been to bed with Vivien Leigh nothing else matters'
Vivien Leigh: Her life ended in a haze of drink and depression
Alan Strachan recounts the life of actress Vivien Leigh who was the star of Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. Vivien died from TB at age 53 after struggling with bipolar disorder.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||03/13/2019|
Vivien Leigh and Olivier were both gay and in lavender marriage.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/04/2019|
"Her life ended in a haze of drink and depression"
Shocking, I tell you. SHOCKING.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/04/2019|
Leigh and Olivier we both outed as gay in a book I read an article about that book I will post the book's name when I find it
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/04/2019|
[quote]We made love 3 times a day.
Yeah, just not with each other.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/04/2019|
Another Vivien Leigh thread!!!
At least it's not as negative a heading as some of the other threads.
Love her. GWTW, Streetcar, Lady Hamilton, Roman Spring, Waterloo Bridge...
And I still prefer her Anna Karenina to Garbo's.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/04/2019|
I think it was this book
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/05/2019|
My life will pretty much the same way except prescription pills will be included in the cocktail.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/06/2019|
She may have drank and been a bit depressed at the end, but not dibilitatingly so. And everyone drank, in her generation. She was in a long term relationship with Jack M. She had money, and work if she wanted it.
It's not exactly news that an older divorcee with health issues (not to mention life long manic-depression) would be somewhat "depressed". But it's not like she slid into some tragic end, emotionally.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/06/2019|
I will be sure to get this book when it comes to my local library. It's the result of Vivien's daughter selling her heirlooms to the V. and A. six years ago.
The author's previous book was a thorough, non-sensational biography of Michael Redgrave incorporating his private heirlooms now owned at the V. and A.
In 2013 the V&A acquired the Vivien Leigh archive from her family and we are pleased to announce that the catalogue is now available online: Vivien Leigh Archive – Catalogue The archive covers many aspects...
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/07/2019|
I liked her best as Ethyl on I Love Lucy.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/07/2019|
R10 That's ETHEL!!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/07/2019|
One of the very few actresses that was supposedly beautiful without makeup.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/07/2019|
Textbook Bipolar Disorder. Really intensified after 1950 or so.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||01/07/2019|
Well, lesbo or not, many men said she was an amazing leigh.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/07/2019|
Is that some kind of pun, R14?
We pronounce her surname as 'Lee' but some Brits pronounce it as 'Lay'.
That excellent actress Margaret Leighton's name is pronounced Layton'.
Margaret Leighton, Actress: The Go-Between. British theatre actress Margaret Leighton made her classical stage debut at age 16. The daughter of a businessman, she joined the Old Vic Company under the direction of Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson and in the late 40s and 50s earned kudos for her theatrical endeavors on both the London and Broadway stages. She was nominated for four Tony ...
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/07/2019|
Another thread where people act as though there isn't such a thing as bisexuals. Not sure about Vivien, but I think it is clear Olivier was bi. When he and Vivien met and started their legendary affair both were married to other people and by all accounts they were fucking like rabbits.
And, I don't think I would take Scotty Bowers' word on anything, according to him basically everyone in Hollywood was gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/07/2019|
^ And, I don't think you should take anyone's word that Sir Laurence was "bi".
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/07/2019|
^It has been fairly established that he wasn't exactly straight. If Olivier was gay, it would make no sense that he would have a passionate affair with Leigh. It also wouldn't make sense that would cheat on one woman with another. These things make sense for a bisexual however.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/07/2019|
I do think that she would have made a better, more emotional Cathy in WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Love Merle Oberon, but she was wrong for the part. Cathy was fiery and passionate, Heathcliff’s equal in every way. Not overly simpering and petulant. But Viv had her hands full with GWTW and couldn’t do it.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/07/2019|
R18 No, it hasn't "been fairly established that he wasn't exactly straight".
Anyone who believe any of twisted gossip from this prancing, parasitic Catholic leech is a fool!
Donald Spoto born June 28 1941 is an American biographer and theologian He is best known for his bestselling biographies of film and theatre celebrities
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/07/2019|
R20 I was going more by the things his last wife Dame Joan Plowright has said, such as his "demons."
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R21 Sir Laurence Olivier was the most energetic of all actors over thirty years.
He was an ambassador for Shakespeare and English culture. He and his second wife were adored by millions.
He had some demons. Bureaucrats were jealous of his sexy magnetism and he was stripped of the directorship of the Old Vic Theatre in '48. He struggled to get funding for a Technicolor version of "Antony and Cleopatra" in 53 and "Macbeth" in 58. His second wife was bound by a killing contract to Selznick who refused to allow her to appear in his film projects. He had to struggle against the coming generation of "Angry Young Men" stealing audiences in the late 50s. And again in the early 60s he was bound by bean-counting bureaucrats as he struggled to commence the National Theatre in an extremely ugly concrete building on the South Bank. He had to pay for his children and his new wife by appearing in some utter trashy films roles. And finally he succumbed to some illness which made every cell of his body revolt in anger.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||01/07/2019|
^ He may have had a few other demons that I could list. I suspect that one of them may have been Joanie herself.
Larry had an intense, obsessive competitive streak. Redgrave and Guinness kept him at a distance because they didn't want to be burnt by Olivier's brilliance. Larry hated been blighted by the new generation of "Angry Young Men" so he snuffed one of them by hiring the arch-bitch Tynan. And he lessened their hatred by appearing in one Osborne play and bedding one of their female stars..
Plowright looked like a bunion but she was the polar opposite of the mercurial, high-maintenance Vivien.
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[quote]r19 I do think that she would have made a better, more emotional Cathy in WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Love Merle Oberon, but she was wrong for the part. Cathy was fiery and passionate, Heathcliff’s equal in every way. Not overly simpering and petulant. But Viv had her hands full with GWTW and couldn’t do it.
Leigh was offered the supporting role of Isabella back in London, but held out for the role of Cathy. She later flew over to Hollywood to visit Olivier during filming of WUTHERING HEIGHTS and that's when she was introduced to Selznick.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||01/07/2019|
Olivier was gay and had relationship with Richard Burton who was gay and Elizabeth Taylor's merkin
|by Anonymous||reply 25||01/08/2019|
[quote]Is that some kind of pun, [R14]?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||01/08/2019|
Am I the only one who thinks Elizabeth Taylor wasn't that pretty and even was kinda ugly?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||01/08/2019|
I didn’t know she was a DLer!
|by Anonymous||reply 28||01/08/2019|
Everyone is a DLer!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||01/08/2019|
R27 you aren’t alone in that opinion although Liz had that all-american high school teenager thing going for her when she was that age.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||01/08/2019|
R27 She had some striking features with her eye and hair color but her measurements were what made her so remarkable as a young woman.
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r22 = Dame Joan Plowright
|by Anonymous||reply 32||01/08/2019|
Dame Joan Plowright didn't deserve a damehood.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||01/08/2019|
r16, then believe Darwin Porter.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||01/08/2019|
[quote]r27 Am I the only one who thinks Elizabeth Taylor wasn't that pretty and even was kinda ugly?
Goddamn you ... now you have opened us ALL up to the Liz (sorry, ELIZABETH) Taylor troll, who will now feel the need to defensively upload 20 pics of Fatty McFatfat to show us how devastating she was.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||01/08/2019|
[quote]Her life ended in a haze of drink and depression
That's how my life began, bitches.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||01/08/2019|
Liz had an extraordinary face, and from the waist up, was gorgeous, but her lower body was stumpy, like JLo's.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/09/2019|
Please, R37! This thread is about Vivien's new biography.
You Liz-fans and LIz-haters belong in another thread!
|by Anonymous||reply 38||01/09/2019|
This is officially a LIZ FREE zone!
|by Anonymous||reply 39||01/09/2019|
I do find Elizabeth Taylor ugly and never liked Leigh's face.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||01/12/2019|
They looked similar except that Taylor's coloring had higher contrast. If you dislike one's appearance you'd likely dislike both.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||02/08/2019|
Fuck Elizabeth Taylor back to her threads. We're here for Miss Leigh.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||02/08/2019|
Vivien's life was not completely Elizabeth-free though. They mingled at social functions in real life, and Vivien almost played Aunt Violet in Elizabeth's Suddenly Last Summer, before the role went to Katherine Hepburn.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||02/08/2019|
Leigh was straight- Olivier was bisexual. Leigh was bi-polar as well. Not too much to do about it in her day. Great actress and great beauty.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||02/08/2019|
Kind of strange she died of TB in the late 60s. There was medication to cure TB by that time. It’s why all the sanitariums closed down.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||02/08/2019|
It was the author who had sex with Leigh in Full Service. He was bi, she was straight. Both Gore Vidal and Leonard Bernstein stated the book was true, but keep thinking I am going to believe an anonymous poster trashing the book.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||02/08/2019|
I forgot who said this, but someone said of her, "She was a great actress, and beautiful and charming, but she was not at all a happy nor a nice person." I think that sounds pretty true. She was selfish and vain, and had severe psychological problems.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||02/08/2019|
L.eonard Bernstein died in 1990, R46. The book was published in 2012
|by Anonymous||reply 48||02/08/2019|
r47 Thus why the Homewrecking Cunt thread. She was intentionally cruel to Finch's wife throughout the affair.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||02/08/2019|
R5- I agree with everything you wrote!
|by Anonymous||reply 50||02/08/2019|
"Olivier was gay and had relationship with Richard Burton who was gay and Elizabeth Taylor's merkin."
Shut up, Scotty.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||02/08/2019|
Vivien Leigh was depressed about Olivier leaving her, but her real problem was being bi-polar. Mental illness is what did her in. It's so amazing that a woman so beautiful, so talented, so intelligent, could have the bad luck to be profoundly mentally ill. What a tragic turn of fate.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||02/08/2019|
charlie SPEAKS! (R44). Dearest, hold on to your chair arms. Leigh acted out bisexually. Now throw up.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||02/08/2019|
R45 Tuberculosis reduced until the 50s in our sanitary countries.
But one-third of the world's population has latent TB and it's still an epidemic causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year in those unsanitary countries in Asia.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||03/11/2019|
Yes, why did a wealthy woman in a first-world country who had the best medical care die of TB in the late 60s?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/11/2019|
Maybe she resisted treatment?
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/11/2019|
Her glorious, wandering muff was snuffed out too soon.
Cab drivers and deliverymen all across London mourned.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||03/11/2019|
R55 One might say she got "dirty' in the jungles of Ceylon.
Elephant Walk with Vivien Leigh
|by Anonymous||reply 58||03/12/2019|
She was selfish and vain, and had severe psychological problems. R47 Aren't they the qualifications required to take up acting?
|by Anonymous||reply 59||03/12/2019|
I like her tall dark brother better. The one that played Dracula for Hammer Films. You know, Christopher!
|by Anonymous||reply 60||03/12/2019|
I just realized Meghan McCain is today’s Vivien Leigh.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||03/12/2019|
She was pretty, she wasn't prettier than Elizabeth Taylor. Neither was she a better actress.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||03/12/2019|
"She was pretty, she wasn't prettier than Elizabeth Taylor. Neither was she a better actress."
She WAS prettier than Elizabeth Taylor. And God knows she was a better actress. She was a trained theater actress, very accomplished, much more talented than Taylor.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||03/12/2019|
I love Vivien Leigh. I have enjoyed her in every film. And lost among GWTW and Streetcar are great performances in " Waterloo Bridge", " Caesar and Cleopatra" and " That Hamilton Woman". I wished she had finished" Elephant Walk"- although not could really save that film. She was quite a beauty, but she never uses it when she can't get the scene- which Liz is famous for doing. Would loved to have seen her do Streetcar or Shakespeare on the stage.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||03/12/2019|
[quote]r64 Leigh was quite a beauty, but she never uses it when she can't get the scene- which Liz is famous for doing.
Liz Taylor had to rely on her looks exclusively about 90% of the fucking time.
She was so often dull, or simply inept. I almost can't watch her in most stuff without gritting my teeth.
And that piping, whiney [italic]voice!![/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 65||03/12/2019|
R65 I wouldn't go that far.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||03/13/2019|
R65 She used that piping, whiney voice a lot because she played lots and lots of complaining bitches, whores and stupid women in her 79-movies-long career.
Poor Vivien made a mere 20 movies so it's very hard to compare the two.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||03/13/2019|