Documentary on the life and career of Vivien Leigh who made 19 films in her 30 year career and won 2 Academy Awards as Best Actress (for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Gone with the Wind (1939) ). She was born in India in 1913, the daughter of a prosperous stock broker. She was bundled off to boarding school in England at age 6 and her parents only re-settled there when she was 15. Her first marriage, to wealthy barrister Leigh Holman, lasted for several years until she met Laurence Olivier. Once they each obtained divorces from their respective spouses they were married in 1940. After starring in A Yank at Oxford (1938) she received the role that would define her in the public's mind, Scarlett O'Hara. By the early 1950s, her relationship with Olivier began to unravel as her mood swings became more pronounced. She was distraught at the break-up of her marriage and at the dwindling number of roles available to her. Her last film was Ship of Fools (1965). She died in 1967 in London... Written by
This documentary is featured in the 4-Disc Collector's Edition DVD set for Gone with the Wind (1939), released in 2004. See more »
For her performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" Vivien won her second Academy Award as Best Actress. It had been a triumph. In Blanche she explored aspects of herself she had never shown before on screen or stage: her fragility, sudden dips into despair and desperation tht in the future would become more and more difficult.
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This biography, produced in 1990, is clearly the best available work on the incomparable Vivien Leigh. Clips are shown from home movies in colonial India (her birthplace) as well as many of her earlier British works. Having seem most of her movies, this sketch catches the best scenes particularly of some of the weaker ones (Anna Karenina, Cleopatra, and Mrs. Stone). True Vivien Leigh fans will know all of the bigger names like Gone With the Wind, Streetcar, and Waterloo Bridge. Certain things were conspicuously left out, probably to appear sympathetic to her medical problems and personal issues.
Jessica Lange hosted this thing, and she seemed sort of flip or sarcastic. Her face is always cocked to one side with an inappropriate smirk. I don't buy Jessica Lange, yankee from Minnesota, as a die-hard fan either, especially with her demeanor here. At any rate, this bio is part of a GWTW Special Edition and well worth the watch.
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