“I never thought it was possible to love anybody so much or quite so completely, or that anybody should be so wonderfully abundant and prodigal to me in everything I’ve wanted most. As we have settled down and become firmer in our minds, and more peaceful in our hearts, our life together has become so unbelievably beautiful.” - Laurence Olivier
Thing is, whatever the hell nature’s real interest is, the human heart demands that it be wrapped up in ribbons called “love”. I don’t really believe that I will ever be able to love again, certainly not as much. - Laurence Olivier
“To the end of her life, still insisting she was rightfully Lady Olivier, Vivien kept his photographs at her bedside, with his old letters that she read and reread. A few friends told her she was obsessive and unrealistic, living in an illusory past; it was the only issue which she never argued. She simply smiled at the speaker as if to dismiss the statement as unimaginably juvenile or at least imperceptive. Among her bequests were some treasured items of jewelry and art from her former life at Durham Cottage and Notley Abby, which were to be delivered with all haste from Vivian Mary, the Lady Olivier, to Sir Laurence, ever her knight, her best beloved, her Larry-boy.”
I think Vivien was a rare phenomenon. She is certainly one of the most remarkable women I have ever known. In the days of matriarchy she would have been one of those Cretan goddess-priestesses, capable of making men great and equally capable of destroying them. She could have been the model for the little faience snake-goddess which was found at Knossos and is now in the museum at Candia—fascinating, alluring, compelling, and potentially dangerous, not only to others but to herself. - Anthony Quayle
I don’t want to be a movie actress! To sit in a beautiful Hollywood mansion and do nothing for months, waiting for some agent to call and say he is working on the possibility of a picture at MGM and then to wait more months before the picture starts—why, that’s not my idea of being an actress at all! To be an actress is to go down to the theatre every evening, and to go out on the stage before an audience and play all kinds of parts. The stage is where I exist, where I feel alive and powerful. When I stand on it I am queen and I do what I think is right. I don’t have to obey some megalomaniac director who tells me to look left or right, to do more of this and less of that. My whole life has meaning and purpose when I am working in the theatre. - Vivien Leigh
My life is over. Nothing will ever happen to me anymore.
Gone With the Wind (1939)
A Streetcar Named Desire
Vivien Leigh & Marlon Brando
Apart from her looks, which were magical, she possessed beautiful poise; her neck looked almost too fragile to support her head and bore with it a sense of surprise, and something of the pride of the master juggler who can make a brilliant maneuver appear almost accidental. She also had something else: an attraction of the most perturbing nature I had ever encountered.
Vivian Mary Hartley aka Vivien Leigh | 5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967
HAPPY 99TH BIRTHDAY VIVIEN LEIGH!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIVIEN LEIGH! | 5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967
“I love an audience. I love people, and I act because I like trying to give pleasure to people.”
Vivien Leigh was born 99 years ago today. Happy Birthday, Vivien!
“Only England could have produced her. She was the perfect English rose. When the door opened and she was there, she was so terribly good-looking. She had such an exquisite unreality about her.”
- Diana Vreeland
Happy Birthday, Vivien Leigh!