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Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh

“I will not be ignored.”Vivien Leigh

 

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in "Gone with the Wind" (1939). Bizarre Los Angeles.

 

Vivien Leigh Clark Gable Gone With The Wind

“It was a terrific strain making ‘Gone With the Wind,’ and toward the end our nerves were all shot. And no wonder! We worked under three different directors, first George Cukor, then Victor Fleming and finally, Sam Wood. No sooner did we get used to the ideas of one director than a new one was brought in, and we had to learn to work with each in turn.”Vivien Leigh 

When asked if any one of these directors had asked her to change the way she played Scarlett O’Hara, she replied, “I didn’t change my characterization. I just had to get used to working with different directors, but my characterization is my characterization, and I wouldn’t change it for anyone.” 

 

 

Vivien Leigh

“Throughout her possession by that uncannily evil monster, manic depression, with its deadly ever-tightening spirals, she retained her own individual canniness – an ability to disguise her true mental condition from almost all except me, for whom she could hardly be expected to take the trouble.”Laurence Olivier

 

Vivien Leigh painting

“Portrait of Vivien Leigh.” 1942. Artist: Augustus John (1878-1961). Oil on canvas. 91.5x71cm., 36x28in.

The painting was commissioned by Leigh’s husband Laurence Olivier. However Olivier never allowed John to properly finish the portrait after he grew suspicious of John’s affection for her.

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