"I only saw Vivien Leigh once in my life in person. That was at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston. I got into the elevator and she was there. And I got goose pimples. I got off on the third floor, like a fool. The goose pimples remained for ten minutes, which I am told, is a medical phenomenon." —Walter Matthau
Favourite Characters (in no particular order): Scarlett O’Hara
"Great balls of fire! Don’t bother me anymore, and don’t call me sugar!"
"If the novel has a theme it is that of survival. What makes some people able to come through catastrophes and others, apparently just as able, strong and brave, go under? It happens in every upheaval. Some people survive; others don’t. What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those who go under…? I only know that the survivors used to call that quality ‘gumption.’ So I wrote about the people who had gumption and the people who didn’t.” — Margaret Mitchell, 1936
To see her perform…
…..and to see her on stage in a play, just wow.
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, 1939.
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier
Marilyn Monroe and Vivien Leigh saying goodbye to each other before Marilyn’s flight back to America, 20th November 1956.
In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father. But it was an arresting face, pointed of chin, square of jaw. Her eyes were pale green without a touch of hazel, starred with bristly black lashes and slightly tilted at the ends. Above them, her thick black brows slanted upward, cutting a startling oblique line in her magnolia-white skin — that skin so prized by Southern women and so carefully guarded with bonnets, veils and mittens against hot Georgia suns.