Oh fiddle-de-dee... today marks a birthday for Scarlett O'Hara herself, Vivien Leigh. Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as Lady Olivier on November 5, 1913) was best known for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in the beloved film 1939's' Gone With The Wind' also starring Clark Gable.
She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche DuBois in the film version of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of 'Tovarich' (1963).
To the public at the time, Leigh was strongly identified with her second husband Laurence Olivier, to whom she was married from 1940 to 1960. Leigh and Olivier starred together in many stage productions, with Olivier often directing, and in three films. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, as for much of her adult life she suffered from bipolar disorder as well as recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, first diagnosed in the mid-1940s, which ultimately claimed her life at the age of 53.
Although her career had periods of inactivity, in 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Leigh as the 16th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema.
Pictured here: Vivien Leigh in character as Scarlett O'Hara, "Gone with the Wind" (1939) MGM / The Hollywood Archive