Vivien Leigh ‘Gone with the Wind’

This is just about the most famous film of all time. Beautifully made in Technicolor and with an iconic cast.

Vivien Leigh perfect in her role as Scarlett O’Hara

ABOVE – Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara

Vivien studies the script

ABOVE – Vivien Leigh outside ‘Tara’ – a publicity still but a very impressive one

ABOVE – Scarlett looks unimpressed by Rhett’s affection

ABOVE Margaret Mitchell Centre laughs along with David O. Selznick, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Olivia De Havilland

ABOVE Vivien Leigh shares a laugh with Director Victor Fleming

ABOVE – A pompous looking Laurence Olivier with the lovely Vivien Leigh probably in the grounds of the San Ysidro Ranch owned by Ronald Colman

He must have been seething with jealousy at her great screen success against his moderate film work. He did play the lead in ‘Rebecca’ only after Alfred Hitchcock was unable to acquire Ronald Colman for the role – who would have been perfect in the role. Olivier was ok though

Apparently Sir Laurence used to check the scripts that Vivien Leigh was sent and he decided which ones were suitable – as he saw it that is. She was a wonderful screen actress and in fairness, could turn her hand to anything offered

Later on he decided to direct the film ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ in with he starred with Marilyn Monroe. She was very much the star and with her in the cast you could guarantee a healthy Box Office

However, it is reported that the two stars did not get on well at all – with Sir Laurence heard to call Marilyn an unpleasant name

How dare he be so rude to such a great film star

ABOVE – The Prince and the Showgirl

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