Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh filming Gone with the Wind, 1939
"Oh darling I miss you so dreadfully. I think I will die with joy when I see you. I call to you so many times in the day and night and I hope I hear you saying “Baba” to me too - dearest most beloved love. I kiss you and kiss you and surround you with my adoration…"
— 1943 (from Vivien Leigh to Laurence Olivier)
"You must forgive the fact that I make quick decisions. I believe they are the only true and instinctively correct way for people such as I am to express their feelings. Because I have had a day almost entirely on my own – in bed – and able to think without interruption of our whole situation I have come to the conclusion — (a fearfully painful one) that a clean and absolute break is the only path to follow. So I intend to divorce you on the grounds of desertion–mental and physical – as soon as our present chores in the theatre and television are over – we are in any case separated. I did not want to do this until you had finished your work here but our telephone conversation tonight led me to think I was talking to a compete stranger – which is what you have chosen to become… Our lives will lie in quite different directions. I feel confident I should make my own life – and you have always made yours."
— November 1958, Vivien Leigh wrote to Laurence Olivier, finally agreeing to divorce him (via viviling
Interviewer: What would you say the disadvantages of being an extremely beautiful woman?
Vivien: What awkward questions you ask. I don’t—depends on who thinks I am. I don’t think I am.
Interviewer: But you must’ve realized very early in life that you were…
Vivien: No, I didn’t.
Interviewer: And don’ t you think you are?
Interviewer: Well I can assure you that here’s one!
Vivien: Well you’re very kind, thank you very much.